Friday, February 19, 2010

Are You Ready to Die Tonight for what You Believe?

I recently came across some songs that really make you think.

They aren't 'new', in the technical sense of the word - they came out a couple years ago - and neither are the ideas which they express 'new'. Such ideas have been around for over two thousand years.

Most songs in the 'Christian' music industry stick to the happy, fuzzy lyrics that encourage you, that make you feel good. A lot of their lyrics are kind of shallow.

Now, I'm not saying that Christian music is shallow. Sometimes, someone comes along who has a heart for God and a way with words. But a lot of the time, the songs are just smiley choruses to sing in the car - they don't challenge you. That's one reason why I like the old hymns - they have deep truths and they challenge you. The hands-in-the air choruses nowadays might make you feel good, but they rarely challenge you.

Which is why I like these two particular songs. They really do challenge you. Now, they're rock songs. Not church songs. So maybe my little rant about warm and fuzzy church songs is a little out of place. But when rock songs challenge you to live for God and 'church' songs don't really do that... I think we might a have problem.


The songs ask you if you're willing to die for what you believe, willing to stand out and be ridiculed. Are you willing to cross the line and take the chance that you're going to be shot down?

I know that here, in America, we have freedom of religion. For now, at least.

There are plenty of people who cry for 'tolerance', when all they want to do is shut up the truth. Because the truth is light, and the darkness hates the light. They call the truth 'hate-speech'. We're the 'bad guys', because we believe that life is sacred instead of believing that ending life is a 'right'. That people should have the choice to kill if life inconveniences them. They hate us, because we tell the truth. They are doing everything they can to silence us. To silence the truth. However, "The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it."

But just because we have the freedom to worship as we please doesn't mean that we aren't going to have to 'cross the line'. At school, at work, at home - how you live, what you say, what you do: what are you doing? Are you following everyone else? Are you normal, do you blend in? Because as Christians, we aren't called to blend in. We're called to stand out. Even, and especially, if we get ridiculed for it.

To the world, we look like fools. Idiots. Weak people who need the crutch of a Superior Being to live. We look like people who can't think for ourselves - we eat what we're given. But... is that true? And if it isn't true, why does the world think that?

Are we trying to blend in? To be safe? Are we 'protecting' ourselves by following the crowd? Numerous times, I've heard the excuse, "Well, I don't know if they'd want to be my friend any more if I talked about God and stuff." I can't count how many times I've heard it. Or how many times I've said it.

Cowards. That's what we are. We're letting people, people we call our friends, die. Without throwing them a lifeline. It's in our hands. We have the choice to stand up and stand out and hold out life. But we're scared that they won't like us.

If they don't want to be your friend because you believe differently than they do and you're outspoken about your beliefs, that's their problem. If they reject Jesus Christ, that's between them and God. They are responsible for their own actions. But you are responsible for yours. What are you going say if they die without you ever speaking a word about the truth to them? What's your excuse?

Scream - Jonah33

Scream at the top of ya lungs
If you're ready to die tonight, to die tonight
For what you believe

What's going on?
Where have all our voices gone and why are we afraid of words like war?
Need I remind you that we are an army and armies engage
Yes, armies engage when the threat is too much to ignore
Sounds like we should sound the alarm

Scream at the top of ya lungs if you're ready to die tonight
To die tonight for what you believe
Time isn't on our side- and we're on our side, it never has been a friend of mine
So just scream with me if you're ready to die tonight for what it is you believe

Don't look now but somehow our worst enemies have found a way inside these walls we made
These are the moments the define us as cowards or men full of valor
So shut up and fight and don't let them know you're afraid
I'm not one to lay down and die

Scream at the top of ya lungs if you're ready to die tonight
To die tonight for what you believe
Time isn't on our side - and we're on our side, it never has been a friend of mine
So scream with me if you're ready to die tonight for what it is you believe

Cross the Line - Superchick

Follow the leader, stay in the lines
What will people think of what you've done this time?
Go with the crowd, surely somebody knows
Why we're all wearing the emperor's clothes

Play it safe, play by the rules
Or don't play at all, what if you lose?
That's not the secret, but I know what is
Everybody dies but not everyone lives

I'm gonna ride like I've got the cops on my tail
I'm gonna live my life like I'm out on bail
I'm gonna be out front, gonna blaze a trail
I'm gonna cross that line

Everybody freeze, don't step over the line
Don't stand up, they'll shoot down the first one who tries
Try to change the world, they'll think you're out of your mind
Revolutions start when someone crosses the line

They want us to lie down, give into the lie
"Nothing has to change, and no one has to die"
That's not the secret, but I know what is:
Everybody dies, but not everyone lives

If you want to, you can listen to Scream and Cross the Line on Youtube.
If you like that sort of music, you might want to check out my playlist, which contains those and similar songs.

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