Monday, April 7, 2008

Monday's Music Review - What This World Needs

Song Title: What This World Needs (#1 on album)
Album Title: The Altar and the Door
Artist(s): Casting Crowns


(Hear the song here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StF1r0GysEE):

What this world needs
Is not another one hit wonder with an axe to grind,
Another two bit politician peddlin` lies,
Another three ring circus society.

What this world needs
Is not another sign wavin` super saint that's better than you,
Another ear pleasin` candy man afraid of the truth,
Another prophet in an Armani suit.

What this world needs
Is a Savior who will rescue,
A Spirit who will lead,
A Father who will love them in their time of need.

A Savior who will rescue,
A Spirit who will lead,
A Father who will love,
That's what this world needs.

What this world needs
Is for us to care more about the inside than the outside.
Have we become so blind that we can't see?
God's gotta change her heart before He changes her shirt.

What this world needs
Is for us to stop hiding behind our relevance.
Blendin` in so well that people can't see the difference
And it's the difference that sets the world free.

What this world needs
Is a Savior who will rescue,
A Spirit who will lead,
A Father who will love them in their time of need.

A Savior who will rescue,
A Spirit who will lead,
A Father who will love,
That's what this world needs.

(Spoken)
People aren't confused by the gospel,
They're confused by us.
Jesus is the only way to God,
But we are not the only way to Jesus.
This world doesn't need
My tie, my hoodie,
My denomination, or my translation of the Bible,
They just need Jesus.
We can be passionate about what we believe,
But we can't strap ourselves to the gospels.
Because we're slowing it down
Jesus is going to save the world,
But maybe the best thing we can do
Is just get out of the way.

What this world needs
Is a Savior who will rescue,
A Spirit who will lead,
A Father who will love them in their time of need.

A Savior who will rescue,
A Spirit who will lead,
A Father who will love,
That's what this world needs.

Jesus is our Savior,
That's what this world needs
Father's arms around you,
That's what this world needs
That's what this world needs

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My Thoughts:
To be completely honest, I'm not a big fan of the style of music in this song. But that's a personal preference and nothing more. Regarding the lyrics...this song says a great deal. Casting Crowns does a good job of pointing out hypocrisy in both the world and the church. Unfortunately, even Christians are not without hypocrisy. I know that I'm personally not without hypocrisy, as much as I'd like to be.

"What this world needs is a Savior who will rescue, a Spirit who will lead, a Father who will love them in their time of need." While this world does not need me, it needs to be balanced with verses like Romans 10:14-15, "But how are they to call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, 'How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!'" We should be telling the world about Christ but we should not be imposing our personal agendas at the same time.

It's interesting how the lyrics mention "God changing her heart before her shirt." Upon first hearing, that may not make much sense. And it may actually mean two different things from my reading of it. One: Sometimes as Christians, we get so wrapped up in mercy ministries (such as feeding the poor, clothing the homeless, etc) that we never get past the outward problems to the inward problems. Mercy ministries are definitely necessary. And yet God is still blessed when we deal with the sin in these people's hearts and point them to Him. Two: it may be referring to the person that wears shirts that are not glorifying to God (eg. immodest, tight and low-cut or t-shirts with nasty comments or graphics on them). A person will not "change her shirt" until her heart has first been changed. We cannot expect a non-Christian to act like a Christian.

This song has many good admonitions for the Christian hypocrite. When balanced with Scripture and the need to proclaim Christ, the message is relevant in today's culture.

In Christ,
Terra

1 comment:

Kristy said...

Interesting lyrics, great message, and good job critiquing (sp?)
Love you and appreciate your blog, Terra!!!