Today we begin our journey of Sacred in the Secular!
My goal for the entire month of August is to post one secular song each day, and write about how I think that song shows us something about our faith. God works in many mysterious ways, and saying that God is not speaking through secular music is just not fair!
But before I get to the first song, let me say that I am by no means the first person to do this. But it is intriguing and exciting to me, so I’m doing it anyway.
Second, let me define secular music. For the purpose of these blog posts, secular music is music that was written to be played/performed/listened to in a space other than worship.
Finally: There are a BILLION songs that could fill up these 31 days. I’m sure if you follow along you will start to think of some, and you might start to listen to secular music with an ear trying to hear a little piece of the divine… and that’s the point. I hope you are able to find God working in all parts of life, and I hope that you frequently witness God outside of worship and church.
So without further rambling… here is today’s song:
Really, I’m starting with a softball. Obviously, Lily Allen wrote this song about God, versus some of the later song that will be bit more obtuse. But, Him is not written with the intention to be used in worship so it falls under my ‘secular music’ category.
So where is the sacred in this song? I love the fact that Lily takes it upon herself to muse about God out-loud. She is not shy about her opinion or her theology. Hearing other people talk (or sing) about God makes me consider how I think about God too. As you listen to the song, have you ever asked yourself any of those questions about God?
Taking the time to think and ask questions about God is totally a sacred moment. We should all do it more often.
So thanks Lily, for making me ask questions about God and thanks for showing me a little piece of sacred in the secular.
See you tomorrow!