On StandFirm here: http://www.standfirminfaith.com/index.php/site/article/4221/#77757The song reminds me of the lines from Matthew Arnold’s Dover Beach:The Sea of FaithWas once, too, at the full, and round earth’s shoreLay like the folds of a bright girdle furled.But now I only hearIts melancholy, long, withdrawing roar,Retreating, to the breathOf the night-wind, down the vast edges drearAnd naked shingles of the world.Ah, love, let us be trueTo one another! for the world, which seemsTo lie before us like a land of dreams,So various, so beautiful, so new,Hath really neither joy, nor love, nor light,Nor certitude, nor peace, nor help for pain;And we are here as on a darkling plainSwept with confused alarms of struggle and flight,Where ignorant armies clash by night.-Matthew Arnold (from Dover Beach)never cared for what they saynever cared for games they playnever cared for what they donever cared for what they knowand I knowSo close, no matter how farCouldn’t be much more from the heartForever trusting who we areNo, nothing else mattersJames Hetfield of Metallica (from Nothing Else Matters)Forever trusting who we are, is not the best place to stand. It’s a tragic, though romantic, portrait of human love - where human love, eros, is raised to the divine and any human act deemed “loving” is then made divine. These words in the end is a type of narcissism, a self-love - where nothing else matters (the author cannot even remember why he wrote the song for a former girlfriend). But that is not the love that Jesus took with Him to the cross. These are the words of self-possessed Romeo and Juliet, who’s idolatry for one another destroyed them. And what do the words of Katharine Jefferts Schori have for such romantic, even narcissistic idolatry? Affirmation!We don’t need romanticism, we need reality, the reality of the Gospel of Jesus Christ (and all its messiness) to stand up in a world where buildings fall down.Or we stay silent where nothing else matters.
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