Monday, March 17, 2008

Monday's Music Review - Slow Fade

Song Title: Slow Fade (#3 on album)
Album Title: The Altar and the Door
Artist(s): Casting Crowns

(Hear the song here: http://youtube.com/watch?v=c4CIwkYi2R0):

Be careful little eyes what you see
It's the second glance that ties your hands as darkness pulls the strings
Be careful little feet where you go
For it's the little feet behind you that are sure to follow

It's a slow fade when you give yourself away
It's a slow fade when black and white have turned to gray
Thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paid
When you give yourself away
People never crumble in a day
It's a slow fade, it's a slow fade

Be careful little ears what you hear
When flattery leads to compromise, the end is always near
Be careful little lips what you say
For empty words and promises lead broken hearts astray

It's a slow fade when you give yourself away
It's a slow fade when black and white have turned to gray
Thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paid
When you give yourself away
People never crumble in a day

The journey from your mind to your hands
Is shorter than you're thinking
Be careful if you think you stand
You just might be sinking

It's a slow fade when you give yourself away
It's a slow fade when black and white have turned to gray
Thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paid
When you give yourself away
People never crumble in a day
Daddies never crumble in a day
Families never crumble in a day

Oh be careful little eyes what see
Oh be careful little eyes what you see
For the Father up above is looking down in love
Oh be careful little eyes what you see

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My thoughts:
This song rings so true in so many circumstances of life. Think about it. It says, be careful what you see and where you go. Why? Not necessarily because of the first glance or the location you may be going – it’s the temptation to do it again or the intrigue of the one following you.

Let me further explain. A while back, in one of my parenting magazines, I read an article that simply infuriated me (in a Godly way, I believe). The article was telling women that it was OK to have a “little, schoolgirl-type” crush on someone other than their husbands. In fact, the article said that it would actually be good for her marriage! Their theory was this: when you crush on someone else (say the UPS guy or the Starbucks barista), it causes you to feel pretty again. You feel wanted. You start to dress nice and wear makeup again. After all, nothing would ever happen with this little crush anyway. I STRONGLY disagree with this thought process! Let me ask you this: how many men or women go into a marriage thinking “I think I’ll cheat on my spouse in about 5 years.” No one does! As this song reminds us, “It’s a slow fade.” It starts with little “crushes” that DO turn into more.

Rarely would these types of sins ever turn from black to white. No. They turn from black and white into gray. A guy happens to see an online advertisement of a Victoria’s Secret model. He turns his head. The next day, he’s sees the ad again. This time, he takes a little longer of a glance. After a few weeks, he’s checking out their website. After another few weeks, he’s been sucked into the world of pornography and has no idea how he got there or how to get out. It is indeed a Slow Fade!

I love the verses towards the end that say, “Be careful if you think you stand, you just might be sinking.” This is a straight up biblical concept. We should never think we are too good or too “Christian” to be above these things. They can happen to anyone – including YOU and including ME. 1 Corinthians 10:12-13 says this, “Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall. No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” (ESV).

If you haven’t already clicked on the link above to listen to this song, do so now and enjoy such powerful lyrics.

In Christ,
Terra

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