Visiting a church in a church in Birmingham (well, Fultondale) thinking through some issues I am going through in my church. After 14 years there I haven’t seen the progress I’d like to see. I get discouraged, angry down, frustrated.
Sometimes it feels every day is a Monday.
I sat…well, stood…in church and the praise team did a song I’d never heard. It was a moment. It was as if the words of the song were written to address precisely the situation I was going through.
I am not going to be specific because I don’t want this to be a discussion of the particular person or group.
But God blessed me through that song.
So, I googled some of the words to find out the source so I could give the song to my musicians.
It came from a group I don’t like much, a group I have considered on the borders of orthodoxy – not quite heretics but skirting the edges.
What do I do with that?
- What do I do when I found out one of my favorite hymns was written by a man who went off the edge and formed a survivalist cult in Israel?
- What do I do when good song has one line I think is wrong?
- And what do I do when a song that speaks deeply to my soul comes from a group that produces nausea in my stomach?
Choose you this day, but I am thankful for that song and we are going to celebrate it. God uses sinful people.
Just like you and me.