instead of a show

last night we saw switchfoot live.


have any of you ever seen them live?


ok, so i have to admit, i used to listen to them a lot. but, in the past few years i've spent a lot more time listening to jon foreman's solo stuff. very beautiful, very mellow, very powerful too! the concert last night reaffirmed my dream to see jon foreman perform solo because his voice is absolutely unreal live.


anyway,


as we were driving home we popped some j.f. on the ipod and the four of us were singing along...when this song came on. all the sudden, i turned to adam and said, am i remembering this wrong or did we both start singing this last night in bed? 


haha, we had.


neither of us really knew why.


we'd just kinda started singing it and then went to sleep i guess. 


but it kinda makes sense because this is the kind of song that sticks in your mind a lot. i love jon because his songs are often straight out of scripture. and sometimes it's much harder to memorize scripture than a song. and i always want to have God's word hidden in my heart, on my mind. and this song, for whatever reason is, a lot. it talks about the way God hates it when our faith is all show, and no heart. when we claim to serve him, but neglect to show love to those he loves. how he hates it when we are hypocrites.


i guess,


it's the same complaint a lot of non-christians have about christians. 


bet they never knew that they were in such agreement with God on something. anyway, here are some of the lyrics. it's based on part of amos 5:


i hate all your show and pretense,
they hypocrisy of your praise
they hypocrisy of your festivals
i hate all your show


away with your noisy worship
away with your noisy hymns
i stomp on my ears when you're singing 'em
i hate all your show


instead, let their be a flood of justice
an endless procession of righteous living
instead let there be a flood of justice
instead of a show


your eyes are closed when you're praying
you sing right along with the band
you shine up your shoes for the services
there's blood on your hands


you turned your back on the homeless
and the ones that don't fit in your plan
quit playing religion games
there's blood on your hands.

instead, let their be a flood of justice
an endless procession of righteous living
instead let there be a flood of justice
instead of a show...

give love to the ones who can't love at all
give hope to the ones who got no hope at all
stand up for the ones who can't stand at all

instead, let their be a flood of justice
an endless procession of righteous living
instead let there be a flood of justice
instead of a show




what do you think?


i think that the bridge says it all: give love to those who can't love. give hope to those with no hope. stand up for those who can't. this was the heart of Jesus' ministry and it should be the heart of our life too, if we love him. i mean, if we claim to follow a savior, we should probably...follow him. as in, do what he did. and this is what he did. 


just some food for thought on this lovely saturday morning.





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