Let Us Worship. And Sing About God’s Wrath!!!
It’s hard to hear a southern gospel set and not hear about God’s grace, mercy, and love. And for that I’m thankful. His redemption has freed us from the bondage of sin, and our Father loves us. He sent His Son to show us just how much.
While no match for God’s grace, I am still aware of sin’s power in this kosmos. And how God is full of justice. God is holy, both loving and wrathful. I cannot understand the gospel, until I understand the law…at least, because in the law I see my Adamic nature and my natural sinfulness.
We have the book of Judges, which is a bloody, gory piece of literature. Yet it is still God’s truth. It is still inspired. It still provides a look into the ultimate redemptive work of Christ. I once took a seminary-level course on Joshua/Judges, and the outline was Joshua: Victory Through Faith; Judges: Failure Through Compromise.
So, my question is this…would you enjoy more music about God’s wrath, than what we have, or the basis of the Law, preceding the Gospel, if properly balanced ? God’s love is the message, but He used wrath to get it done. Some of the ancient hymn writers would combine these aspects of redemptive theology, from Adam, to the Cross.
Outside of the box, sure. Actually, soon I shall share the Levitical rituals and offerings, and the consequences, in poem form. Could even this be a mode in which southern gospel songwriting moves forward in a theological rooted, yet obscure perspective? I do think Christ has to be the center in order to make it fit the framework of anything ‘God related’ in song, but it can be done. But something more specific, and deeper than “I was once a sinner in darkness, and Christ set me free…insert testimony”. Amen and Amen. Those songs should always be around, because it’s true and liberating.
I’m talking more about God demolishing the Amalekites, Philistines, because Israel played the prostitute, they’re now in Babylonian captivity, and how much it bites to disobey God…yet God works it out for His glory through introducing the Messiah, even in those depressing and wrathful moments of Scripture. Call it ‘God On the Mountain’ on steroids, lyrically and conceptually. I wouldn’t mind singing more about God’s wrath. It would more vibrantly showcase His grace and love.
Of course, I’m not Jewish or Catholic. Or Wesleyan. Yet, I love all my Christian brothers and sisters. Your thoughts, please.