Wednesday, April 18, 2007

How long must we sing this song?

That is the plaintive cry of "Sunday Bloody Sunday" by U2. It is a cry born in the pain of the IRA/Britain struggle, but it resonates on so many levels, especially in the wake of another disturbed young man who has killed a group of people for no apparent reason.

The world is hurting, and we, as Christians, have a message of hope to bring to the hurting. We have a God who understands hurt. We have a God of compassion. And we have a God who will ultimately be victorious.

How we bring that hope to the world is up for debate. But there is no debate that the world needs to hear the hope that is in Jesus Christ. As the words to the hymn go:

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly trust in Jesus’ Name.


On Christ the solid Rock I stand,
All other ground is sinking sand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

When darkness seems to hide His face,
I rest on His unchanging grace.
In every high and stormy gale,
My anchor holds within the veil.


His oath, His covenant, His blood,
Support me in the whelming flood.
When all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my Hope and Stay.


When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh may I then in Him be found.
Dressed in His righteousness alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne.

We are in a period of darkness right now, and His face seems to be hidden. We need to rest in the grace of Jesus and use the holy boldness to proclaim his message of love, reconciliation and holiness to a hurting and desperate world.

Watch U2 sing their cry. I wish the church could speak with a voice that loud and passionate.

1 comment:

bishopman said...

It's sad to say that the church is afraid of the darkness. We are hiding behind the four walls hoping the world will find light on its own. We are to be "salt and light."