Friday, March 07, 2003

The Pot said to the Kettle...

Last Friday evening I was in the car listening to the radio and a loud, tele-evangelist came on preaching to me a message of hate. He was saying that we (the Church) need to let people know that they're going to Hell for their sin, and somehow it's our duty as the "Saints" of the Church (yeah right!) to share the consequences of sin with those people who we judge to be falling short of some self-righteous ideals that this preacher determines.

Of course he fails to realize that his judgement of others is just as much a sin as those he would condemn. That was one preacher who just doesn't get it.

Well it didn't take me long to press the seek button which immediately tuned in the local Hard Rock station, FM 106.3. I was getting ready to keep clicking to the oldies station (more my speed with R&B favorites) when the lyrics of the song hit me. I had to wait in the car to find out who sang the song and found out it was Linkin Park and the song is called "Somewhere I Belong".

Although not my normal style it has really stuck with me. To me the lyrics are much more in line with the Church's mission in the 3rd millenium and the message we need to be sharing. A heck of a lot more than the words of the radio preacher who seemed to me to be more comfortable as a member of the Sanhedren, temple priests, who condemned Jesus.

I found a link to the mp3, so I could share the song with you.

Give it a listen and let me know what you think...

Somewhere I Belong
by LINKIN PARK

(When this began)
I had nothing to say
And I get lost in the nothingness inside of me
(I was confused)
And I live it all out to find
That I’m not the only person with these things in mind
(Inside of me)
But all that they can see the words revealed
Is the only real thing that I’ve got left to feel
(Nothing to lose)
Just stuck, hollow and alone
And the fault is my own, and the fault is my own

[Chorus]
I wanna heal, I wanna feel what I thought was never real
I wanna let go of the pain I’ve felt so long
(Erase all the pain till it’s gone)
I wanna heal, I wanna feel like I’m close to something real
I wanna find something I’ve wanted all along
Somewhere I belong

And I’ve got nothing to say
I can’t believe I didn’t fall right down on my face
(I was confused)
Looking everywhere only to find
That it’s not the way I had imagined it all in my mind
(So what am I)
What do I have but negativity
’Cause I can’t trust to find the way, everyone is looking at me
(Nothing to lose)
Nothing to gain, hollow and alone
And the fault is my own, and the fault is my own

[Chorus]
I wanna heal, I wanna feel what I thought was never real
I wanna let go of the pain I’ve felt so long
(Erase all the pain till it’s gone)
I wanna heal, I wanna feel like I’m close to something real
I wanna find something I’ve wanted all along
Somewhere I belong

I will never know myself until I do this on my own
And I will never feel anything else until my wounds are healed
I will never be anything till I break away from me
I will break away and find myself today

[Chorus]
I wanna heal, I wanna feel what I thought was never real
I wanna let go of the pain I’ve felt so long
(Erase all the pain till it’s gone)
I wanna heal, I wanna feel like I’m close to something real
I wanna find something I’ve wanted all along
Somewhere I belong

I wanna heal, I wanna feel like I’m somewhere I belong
I wanna heal, I wanna feel like I’m somewhere I belong
Somewhere I belong


[Thanks to bobfitz45@hotmail.com for these lyrics]

Just consider those lyrics...
I wanna feel like I’m close to something real
I wanna find something I’ve wanted all along
Somewhere I belong

To me that longing for "Something Real..." and for "Somewhere I Belong..." That's where God comes in.

God, through Jesus became "something real" and draws us close to him so we can all have "somewhere I belong".

That's the message we should share in the 3rd millenium...
not HATE, not JUDGMENT, but LOVE.

As the old 7-Up ad said:
Those things "never had it... never will."

On the other hand...
The love of God through Jesus and the Holy Spirit...
that's "The Real Thing"

Finally, it's interesting to me that listening to the Christian radio station didn't inspire me. It turned me away. Meanwhile, it was the Hard Rock station that is speaking to people's hearts.

I guess it all gives new meaning to the "Seek" button on the radio.

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