Sunday, February 24, 2013

To Make This Place Your Home

Everyday I get into a car and drive to random people's houses and give them food that they paid for or collect the cash from them as payment for the food that I just gave them. During those times in between deliveries, I have a lot of time to reflect on things. Recently I have been pondering on the lyrics of a song, and how deeply spiritual the song is. This song is this: 

I am going to clip excerpts of the lyrics in black bold and my commentary in red italics.

Hold on, to me as we go.
As we roll down this unfamiliar road.
And although this wave is stringing us along.
As we know, life is difficult. During the Existential movement in philosophy, an idea came along that our lives are seemingly meaningless (a part of nihilism, the logical conclusion when God is removed from the meaning of man's existence) and that "this wave [of life] is [merely] stringing us along." This unfamiliarity can seem a bit daunting, especially if we go on our own, like isolated islands.

Just know you’re not alone,
Cause I’m going to make this place your home.
This is where the song shows how deeply spiritual and fundamentally Christian. A song does not need to mention Christ or any Christian belief to be a Christian song, and this song is a prime example of that. After discussing how daunting life can be, this Christ figure steps in and reminds us where our final destination in existence is: forever contemplating the Mystery of the Trinity within the Divine Essence of Christ, so that we may share in His Divinity. Christ became Incarnate so that we may enter Heaven, make our home with Him, so that we may become like Him.

Settle down, it'll all be clear.

Don't pay no mind to the demons,
They fill you with fear.
On top of life being difficult on its own, we all are tempted by certain failings or sins. While most temptations come from within ourselves as inclinations toward sin and our passions being disordered away from God, there are still many temptations which come from invisible beings bent on distracting us from our own theosis (i.e. partaking the Divinity of Christ). Though it is difficult, we must remember that the demons can only distract, and have no true power over us unless we let them.

The trouble it might drag you down.

If you get lost, you can always be found.
Just know you’re not alone,
Cause I’m going to make this place your home.
This is just a repeat of before.

I am unaware of Phillip Phillips personal beliefs or religious views, but that is not the point. As BadCatholic pointed out, any beautiful song partakes of the beauty of Christian art. Spirituality is a fundamental aspect of human nature, and this song reflects that. I will go even further and claim that this song is more "Christian" than anything I have ever heard from Chris Tomlin, as this song connects with the listener and draws the listener into something bigger than himself. One might say that I am looking too deep into this song, that this song is of a lover to his beloved; but is that not what God is? He is the Lover reaching out to us, His Beloved. Thank you Phillip Phillips.