While I don’t feel nearly the same way about the church as Hozier clearly does, I still think that what he is trying to say with this song and video is important for us as Christians to notice. Yes, the song does sound a little bit blasphemous. Yes, it does sound a little outrageous and a lot of Christians might possibly be offended by it, but I also think that it’s an interesting perspective for us to take in.
What does it say about us when people only recognize the church for what it is against and what it hates? What kind of message does that send about Christians?
Seriously, just think about that for a little bit before you write it off as another figure in pop culture trying to tear down the church. This is how secular culture views the church, and that isn’t good. I think that as Christians, we need to be part of the change, part of something that people don’t fear or associate with hate.
Just think about it.
Take me to church
I’ll worship like a dog at the shrine of your lies
I’ll tell you my sins and you can sharpen your knife
Offer me that deathless death
Good God, let me give you my life
You know it’s a good song when your ears perk up the very first time you hear it play. This is undoubtedly a very good one – with its soulful rendition and deeply powerful melody. I could listen to it many times in a row and still appreciate the passion the singer has put into singing it every single time. It is dark. It is beautiful.
But the deep controversy revolving around the lyrics of the song just about makes a little change of perspective. How could a song with such a spiritual feel to it, have so many hidden meanings behind it? Blasphemous. Offensive. But some don’t think so…
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