Ok, I know that I am probably walking the thin line of blasphemy with this one. It’s pretty much a risk I take nearly every time I open my mouth. And I’m quite certain God has a special “time out” corner in heaven for those who criticize worship songs other people have written. But I just don’t know what the heck to make of this one!
Now I love Brian McLaren’s books and other writings. I’m using the word LOVE here. I’m probably one of the few people on earth who holds to a more conservative (or reformed) theology that doesn’t think he’s a complete heretic. In fact I think that for the most part he’s on to something.
With that said, let me kindly suggest to Mr. McLaren that he stick to writing books and pastoring his flock, and leave the songwriting to more seasoned professionals.
You see, Brian fancies himself a bit of a musician. And apparently now that he’s gained a some notoriety as an author, he’s using the opportunity to bring some of his songs to the general public. He’s even enlisted the help of his Enter the Worship Circle friends – whom I typically dig – for the project.
I just feel so… well… weird about this song. First, it feels kind of icky to me to sing verses that essentially thank God that I’m not like those Christians. And while I agree with political/social message of the lyrics, I’m just not comfortable bringing that into a worship context. Plus, I’m trying to get over that whole “being defined by what I’m not” thing.
Now the lyrics of the bridge – I kinda dig. They may make me want to spin barefoot in a field of daises while finger painting, but I’ve hung around a lot of hippies in my day so I’m cool with that.
But the chorus! I can’t find any semblance of form or structure or simple music theory anywhere! It’s so…. Emergent! 😆