Reading the words of a song, even analyzing it for its content, is a good thing to do. However, it might be a heavy dose of reality, a wake up call of sorts. Many a popular song has moving melodies, but the words greatly lack genuine substance, let alone the truth, and often contain many a falsehood.
Take for example Jewel’s, “Intuition” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rraYK1QgMn0). I like the melody, though I might here be illiterate when it comes to ‘good’ music in general. I’m of the populists in this area.
But when it comes to theology, this is a different story. I admit that I often gloss over the words of the songs that I listen to on the radio. The music often drowns them out. But I have to give this kind of practice of ‘not listening’ second thought. Taking the words of songs for granted and even singing along with them may be more telling than not.
In “Intuition” by Jewel, she sings in part:
“…Follow your heart
It will lead you in the right direction
Let go of your mind
Your intuition is easy to find
Just follow your heart”
Granted, this is a ‘love’ song…but following your heart is a dangerous thing. In reality, your heart does not “lead you in the right direction.”
Jesus says, for example, “Those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. These are the things which defile a man…” (Matthew 15:18-20).
From these words alone, we have reason not to follow our hearts, but the Word of God, and the Word alone. “The Holy Scriptures…are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work (2 Timothy 3:15-17).
Even when it comes to love, the Word of the Lord is not deficient. Led by our sinful hearts, we go by what we want in the moment and not by what God says. It’s not always genuine love that we seek, but gratification.
We are to keep watch over our hearts, that our sinful desires not come to fruition, as St. Paul writes, “For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in passion of lust, like the Gentiles who do not know God” (1 Thessalonians 4:3-5).
And in another place he says, “Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s” (1 Corinthians 6:18-20).
Note also these words from St. James, “Let no one say when he is tempted, ‘I am tempted by God’; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death. Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures” (James 1:13-18).
Rather than “follow your heart,” follow what the Lord says. Hear the preached Word. Deny yourself. And hold fast to Christ.
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