Do Words Really Matter?

Written by Scott

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Back from a short hiatus, now that the vast majority of the work on this big migration is done and things are settling back down…

There is a fairly new Christian song getting some good air time lately from a band called Luminate, titled Come Home. Below are the lyrics:

You’re best friends with the word “regret”
And you’re afraid that your life’s been wasted
So why hope if it’s only gonna let you down?

You don’t think people really change
And you’re a mess and you’ll always be the same
And you doubt if you’ll ever get it turned around

So you’ve been running, searching for something
But you’re looking in a place you don’t belong
But it’s never too late, you can’t outrun grace
No, mercy doesn’t care what you’ve done
So, come home. So, come home

You can try and fix your broken empire
And put bricks on a cracked foundation
But you’d be building castles on the sand
There’s power in the blood of Jesus
And your Father’s screaming “just come home”
And He’s reaching out His hand

I know you’ve been running, searching for something
But you’re looking in a place you don’t belong
But it’s never too late, you can’t outrun grace
No, mercy doesn’t care what you’ve done
So, come home. So, come home

From the shadows, from the wrong roads,
From the darkness, from the unknown,
To redemption, something beautiful,
To a new love, to a new home
Chorus

It’s a catchy, even heartfelt tune. The problem, though, is the theology. Key in on this line: No, mercy doesn’t care what you’ve done

A huge problem, that is.

First, though, what is mercy? Biblically speaking, it is not getting the punishment deserved. We get a feel for that even in the definition given by Wikipedia of the origins of the word:

(Middle English, from Anglo-French merci, from Medieval Latin merced-, merces, from Latin, “price paid, wages”, from merc-, merxi “merchandise”)

A price is paid. A debt is paid. Mercy not only DOES care what you’ve done, it has paid the price. It cares absolutely, it paid absolutely, and it forgives absolutely.

Are the lyrics that important? As a group presenting themselves as Christians, singing Christian music, I think the lyrics matter. This song, unfortunately, is selling a version of Christianity for which there was no need for Christ’s death…or even Christ himself.