I know, after almost a month, I’m back! I love blogging, but between life, love, and the pursuit of happiness (also known as break, Master’s/work, and moving in with David), I haven’t really had time, but now I have some downtime, so… here we go…
I have been listening to (*Fin) by Anberlin a bit now, and I’m going to post the lyrics as I discuss it cuz the song is long, and no one would read the lyrics if i posted them all…
Before I think this is written from the stand point of either someone who was raised Christian who is question his faith and all he has been taught a bit, or someone who isn’t a believer, but is kinda seeking after God and looking at Christians and their lives.
“You remember the house on Ridge Road
told you and the Devil to both just leave me alone.
If this is salvation, I can show you the trembling.
You’ll just have to trust me. I’m scared.
I am the patron saint of lost causes.”
this is in the middle of verse 1, and when I listen to this, I think of someone who has been either hurt by the Church, and/or walked away from God. He talks about living in his house, and I think he is telling both God and the Devil to just leave him alone, and if this is salvation, you will just have to trust that he is scared, and He is now the patron saint of lost causes because he feels lost himself…
“Tommy, you left behind
something that will mean everything right before you die.
What if you gained the whole world?
You’ve already lost four little souls from your life.
Widows and orphans aren’t hard to find.
They’re home missing daddy who’s saving the abandoned tonight.
Wish your drinking would hurry and kill you.
Sympathy’s better than having to tell you the truth.
That you are the patron saint of lost causes.”
Here I think he is talking to a guy who is so busy trying to save everyone else, he is neglecting his family at home. He is looking to help widows and orphans, and his family is at home widowed and orphaned by his absence. This should be a warning to us to not ignore our family at home. I think Timothy is empty but trying to find meaning, and has turned to drinking.
“Billy, don’t you understand?
Timothy stood as long as he could and now
you made his faith disappear.
More like a magician and less like a man of the cloth.
We’re not questioning God.
Just those he chose to carry on His cross.
We’re no better, you’ll see.
Just all of us, the lost causes.”
Billy we know is a pastor of some sort. Here the writer is looking at Billy and saying “Don’t you see what you did? You didn’t help Timothy out, you pushed him away, and made his faith dissapear!” It is at this next line, which when I first heard it I didn’t like it, that he says “We’re not questioning God, just those he chose to carry on His cross.” I, at first, was almost offended by this, but as I thought, I realized that so often the church doesn’t help, the church can almost hurt more. I saw this funny sign online that was a church sign and it said “Don’t let worries kill you, let the church help.” and I laughed, but to so many people in the world, that is exactly what they think. They look around and around for someone to help, and maybe they turn to the church, but we get so caught up in our “religion” that we don’t help them, we push them away with our actions, and words, and they feel judged, and condemned for who they are and their problems, instead of loved for who they are inspite of their problems. They say “if this is what God’s people are like, then I don’t want to be one of them.” I don’t want to be one of them either, I want to be a man who when people look at me they think “if that is what a follower of Christ is, then I want that” Just something to ponder, let me know what you think too…