Seeing as how Valentine’s Day was yesterday and love is possibly still in the air, it seemed timely to post an edited older blog entry. This will be a part of several posts including my thoughts on words people in Christian communities sing.
So I am listening to Christian radio (which I almost never do-that is another post-worthy subject) and a song came on that said one’s faith needs to be more like falling in love. Now, as a disclaimer, I think the overall message of the song is a good one. It is comparing a faith that is merely a list of rules to one that moves, breathes, and “sweeps you off your feet”. I recommend at least listening to it (Jason Gray, “More Like Falling in Love”). Here are some of the lyrics:
Give me rules I will break them
Give me lines I will cross them
I need more than a truth to believe
I need a truth that lives, moves, and breathes
To sweep me off my feet It ought to be
More like falling in love
Than something to believe in
More like losing my heart
Than giving my allegiance
Caught up, called out
Come take a look at me now
It’s like I’m falling, oh
It’s like I’m falling in love
It’s like I’m falling in love, love, love
Deeper and deeper It was love that made me a believer
In more than a name, a faith, a creed
Falling in love with Jesus brought the change in me
So, again I think there is much that is good in the song. But I feel weird saying that following Jesus is like falling in love. I’m not saying that this is a bad thing to say for everyone. But I feel odd saying this. And here’s 2 reasons why:
I feel weird singing “Jesusy” love songs. Perhaps it’s the “bro-mantic” in me that wants to say “man” after ‘I love you” and give hard, back-slapping hugs to Jesus. Right or wrong, this is where I am coming from.
The second is that I feel like this song presents a sort of false dichotomy. Is “falling in love” (not a favorite phrase, by the way) really that different from pledging your allegiance? For example, if you fall in love with someone, eventually, you end up marrying them (usually). In a wedding, one officially pledges their love to the other person. Then the honeymoon phase is over and there are some days where you don’t always feel “lovey”. Does that mean you are less committed? Is your pledge somehow void because of feelings, or lack thereof? Other days, you feel more “romantic”. Does this mean you love more or less? Is that love any more real in these moments than it is others?
Or what happens when you don’t feel the same way about Jesus today as you did yesterday? Is your faith somehow less? Or what if you never really have that “a-ha” moment when you decide to start following Jesus? You just think, Hmmm..this is for me. And you start to follow. And your love for him grows because you committed to follow. Perhaps, for Mr. Gray, he needed to have the romance-side of his faith. But what about those days when he doesn’t feel it?
Anyway, these are just some random thoughts. I would love other people’s feedback. What do you think? Is following Jesus like falling in love? Or is it something bigger than that?