A good friend has begun a great endeavor to write theologically sound songs to help teach the truths of Scripture to young children. You can check out one of his songs here. I love what he’s doing, because it’s saturated in the gospel.
I can think of so many silly songs sung as a kid. I’m not saying they weren’t fun (“Deep & Wide” is still one of my personal favorites), but have we allowed for lies to creep in and shape the next generation? Are we even now seeing evidence of confused christians due to poor theology introduced with the friendly label of “Kristian Kids Bop” (you like how I threw a “K” in there? makes it trendy).
Here’s a popular one from my childhood:
The Wise Man Built His House Upon the Rock
The wise man built his house upon the rock (3x)
And the rain came tumbling down
The rains came down and the floods came up (3x)
And the wise man’s house stood firm.
The foolish man built his house upon the sand (3x)
And the rains came tumbling down
The rain came down and the floods came up (3x)
And the foolish man’s house went “SPLAT!” [clap hands once]
So, build your life on the Lord Jesus Christ (3x)
And the blessings will come down.
The blessings come down as the prayers go up (3x)
So build your life on the Lord
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Sounds good, until that last verse. Verse 3 starts off well, though: “build your life on the Lord Jesus Christ” – I mean, can it get any better? Great, great, great. Seriously, I love that, but then it takes a terrible turn for the absolute worst: “…and the blessings will come down. The blessings come down as the prayers go up, so build your life on the Lord”
According to this song, if I believe in Jesus, then God will bless me. Prosperity Gospel Alert! If Jesus is simply a means to an end then He’s not your Savior. He is the Means and the End. The end.
The other point to the song is that as long as I’m praying, the blessings will come down. We wonder why so many children grow up and leave the church around the end of high school/early college. It’s because that’s when life really begins to happen. Girlfriends/boyfriends, money troubles, unfair employers, family issues, etc… But all they’ve been taught is “if you try hard, God will make your life better.” Well, what happens when life doesn’t get better? Guess that means I’m not trying hard enough. Guess that means this isn’t real. Guess that means God doesn’t exist.
It’s sad to think how many people have entered into song writing for the church without really thinking twice about the implications of false teaching. There is a special judgment reserved for them.
The gospel isn’t about what we can do for God or what we can do to get God, but instead, it’s about what He’s done to get us. He pursued, redeemed, and renewed by the shedding of His Son’s blood. He’s ransomed us. To say that I had anything to do with my salvation is to take away from the glory due His name. And to top it all off, this life we live is only by the Spirit that He’s placed within us – the pledge of our inheritance to come – and the One, by which, this process of becoming more like Jesus Christ is a possibility.