Two weeks ago I wrote the post On Falling in Love with Jesus in response to Jason Gray’s song “More Like Falling In Love” (iTunes link). In the post I questioned whether or not the song lines up with Scripture.
Jason Gray was gracious enough to reply to my tweet asking for his input. I have taken the time to read his reply and the series of blog posts he wrote about the song over on the Jesus Freak Hideout blog. After reflecting on Jason’s words I now understand more clearly the lyrics to his song and I certainly appreciate the heart of the believer who penned these words.
Regarding the “Jesus is my boyfriend” criticism, Jason wrote:
I guess I could understand it if they assume that the kind of love I’m talking about in my song is based on emotionalism – warm fuzzy feelings about God, reducing Him to a cosmic boyfriend/girlfriend. Maybe they think the love I’m talking about here is the same kind of thing our culture tries to pass off as “love”: self-centered, hormone induced, emotionally based romantic Hollywood “love” without commitment or backbone.
If I understand him now, Jason is singing about our response to our salvation, to our Savior, and to our husband. As a member of the bride of Christ, a member of the redeemed, our hearts should be joyous. The gospel creates a desire to obey God’s law out of love. I get that. I love that!
I am still troubled by one line…
Falling in love with Jesus brought the change in me
I know this is wrong, but what I hear is The changes in me are a direct result of me falling in love with Jesus or said another way I did something to bring about this change. We need to be careful here, the law says Do This, but the gospel proclaims It is Finished. There is nothing for a sinner to do, salvation is a work of God from beginning to the end (Romans 8:28-30). We don’t need to run back to the law after having been freed from its condemnation.
I encourage you to listen to the song (iTunes link) and read Jason’s posts on More Like Falling In Love: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 and compare both of us to the Word of God. Let us know what you think.