Stop Playing "Reckless Love" In Your Church, Like Right Now.
"Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things." Philippians 4:8
Whatever things are true are the things upon which we must meditate. That means if it's not true, we shouldn't let it stay in our heads. Why then, are professing Christians gushing over the Bethel song "Reckless Love?" Not only do churches play it during worship, but people adore it and get very angry toward any dissenters of the song. I have to boldly challenge you to ask yourself, "Why do I love this song so much?"
What do people say about this song, even when confronted with the truth about it?
- "It makes me feel good."
- "It's all about your emotions."
- "You're only supposed to love, not judge."
- "Go pick on some other worship leader."
- "I only play the good songs from the Bethel movement, I avoid the bad ones."
- "What's wrong with calling God reckless?"
- "Ever since I got saved, I've become reckless." And the list goes on.
Here's the thing about worship, it has two purposes: To sing praise to God and to reinforce theological concepts Christians need to remember about the God of Creation.
In order to sing praises to God, what we sing to Him needs to be true about Him. Would you appreciate it if someone went around telling everyone untrue things about you, even if they're meant to be nice things? After a while you'll likely be inclined to ask them to stop talking about you. Do you want God to do that to the church? Jesus made it very clear that every idle word that comes out of a man's mouth will be called into account on the day of Judgment. Yeah, that includes our alleged worship.
As far as reinforcing theology, have you ever noticed children's shows have a song for every little thing like going potty, brushing your teeth, etc...? How do we know our ABC's? Because there's a song for it! The reason is to drill the concepts into your mind by putting them to a catchy tune that plays over and over and over again. The same thing applies to our faith.
"God was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Preached among the Gentiles, Believed on in the world, Received up in glory."
1 Timothy 3:16
Church tradition considers this to be an ancient hymn from the first century church. How simple and how true are the points! It not only is true to the character of Christ, but it reminds the early Christians who He is. Back in those days, anyone could ask even the least educated Christian who Christ is and they could give a very serious answer. How about nowadays? If you're one of those people who adore the "Reckless Love" song, when asked about who Jesus is, you'll probably say He's someone who will kick the door down and chase after you until you can't take it anymore... Because He loves you... That doesn't match up with the Jesus of the Bible, and I'll show you how.
First off, let's take a quick look at the word reckless.