This is a song of mine that we sing sometimes here in St. Stephen. It was written as much out of a creative unction as it was out of a systematic desire to be holistic in the theology of our different expressions of worship. I intentionally wrote the concepts simple and the ideas more immediately digestible than i would like to in the future. Step by step…..and one day perhaps there will be charismatics protesting again and social activists quaking with the power of the Spirit again….bring us together under a true flag.
It should not be that the only songs that charismatics and evangelicals sing are those of private faith experience; in the same way, social justice people should not only sing protest songs but both groups should try on each other’s theologies in song. This could be done with the endorsement and help of the pastoral leadership; giving a ‘yes’ to initiations like this could go a long way. though it would be perhaps uncomfortable at first, this would not be due to the untruth in those songs but because we are not used to singing in a touchy feely enviorment, “Jesus, change the mind of our President, give us courage to resist the evil his administration is causing.” likewise we are not used to singing in a very hip and cool, very action oriented atmosphere, “could i just stay here a while, knowing there’s nothing that i need to say, safe in the knowledge that you know my ways, love me completely, no need to hide a thing.” Though as you are already probably thinking, there are charismatic and political ideas in both song ideas, they just need to be dug out.
here are the lyrics to Jesus, Love For The Poor
Lord your blessing comes to the weak,
comes to the hidden, comes to the meek
Lord your blessing comes to the small
comes to the broken, comes to us all….when we cry ‘our hearts are homeless!’
‘we need love more than we have’
and we proclaim You our final answer
and we proclaim You our question to the world
and we proclaim You our greatest challenge
Jesus, love for the poor