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More Like Falling In Love?

“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.”  These are some lyrics to a song that I’ve heard on different occasions while driving the car, but I can’t hold my tongue any longer.  I have to say this:

What is this guy talking about?!

When you read all the lyrics (click here), you realize he’s talking about a sterile belief versus a belief that shapes and changes your life.  I think I get what he’s saying.  I think he’s affirming what Jesus says when he said that he came to give abundant life (John 10:10).  To believe on Jesus isn’t supposed to lead someone to be able to merely recite facts.  Instead, believing on Jesus leads to delight in God and to experience life-change!  So, I get what he’s trying to say, but I hate the way he is trying to say this.

I hate the lyrics because what the songwriter does is replace biblical terminology for modern 21st century, frail, faulty terminology.  Falling in love, really?  We have people falling in and out of love all the time.  Losing my heart?  What does that even mean?

I don’t think this songwriter is planning to do this, but through his lyrics, he actually elevates 21st century terms above the Bible’s terms.  He says it has to be more like falling in love than something to believe in.  Wait a second.  The Bible calls us, over and over again, to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.  Then this singer says that it has to be more like losing my heart than giving my allegiance.  Ok, there are a myriad of issues with that phrase, but let’s just remember that to come to Christ is to give your allegiance.  And, how can you love someone if you don’t give them your allegiance?  Psalm 2 calls us to “kiss the Son.”  This means to pay homage to Him as King.  However, I have yet to find a verse that alludes to “losing my heart.”

This singer seems to react against sterile faith by turning completely to emotions and chucking biblical words. And that is concerning to me because the words God chose are infinitely more glorious than the words we could choose. In addition, we must be careful how we speak because whenever we teach, we incur a stricter judgment (James 3:1). While I joyously affirm what the author says he intends (see articles here), I think that he pendulum swings too far to the other side with his word choice.  He goes too far because the Bible says we must grow in our knowledge of God (2 Pet. 3:18).  How can we love a God whom we do not know?  We simply cannot.  But when we know Him truly, our praise will increase (read Romans 11 for an example of theology leading to praise).  Sadly, I think this song ends up throwing the baby out with the bathwater.

So, what’s the issue here? My concern is that the songwriter, instead of defining words like belief and submit, simply decided to use new terms and put them in contrast with the biblical terms. But the biblical terms are deeper than what the song suggests. Instead of an “either/or” or “more than/less than” situation, this song could have revealed that these words in the Bible mean both/and.

Yes, I get what the writer is trying to say, but I fear the song can be unhelpful at other points – leading us to misunderstand the depth of the biblical terms.

The truth is that whether I feel in love today or strong or weak, I have a Savior who died for me, rose again and reigns today.  I have a God who will not allow anyone to pluck me out of His hands.  I have the Bible which says of God in Psalm 16:11, “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”  This is a Savior that I will joyously submit to, depend on and praise forever!  Does it have to be more like falling in love?  No, not according to the general understanding of that phrase.  Instead, it has to be more like His love opening my eyes to look to Him for grace to believe on Him, love Him, obey Him, seek Him, submit to Him and glory in Him.

It has to be more of Him.