A few months ago I heard the phrase “Jesus is my boyfriend” on Scotterology. It was used to describe a certain brand of Christian music that seems more like an angst-filled love song, than a song about God. At first I didn’t like that term. I scoffed at the whole idea. “There isn’t really music like this. He’s just exaggerating!”
But then I started to listen to some of the lyrics. (You can see a bunch more at Pomomusings).
“Friend of sinners, Lord of truth
I am falling in love with you
Friend of sinners, Lord of truth
I have fallen in love with you
Matt Redman – “Friend of Sinners”
“You are my desire, no one else will do
‘Cause nothing else could take your place
To feel the warmth of your embrace
Kelly Carpenter - “Draw Me Close”
“In the secret, in the quiet place
In the stillness, you are there
In the secret, in the quiet hour I wait only for you
‘Cause I want to know you more
I want to touch you, I want to see your face
I want to know you more
Andy Park – “In the Secret”
I’m still not convinced. To be honest I even like a lot of these songs. But it’s had me thinking for the last few months. Exactly where is the line? And how do we know when we’ve crossed it? Some songs get uncomfortably close.
That’s when Erwin McManus said something that surprised me. He said that we need more than just God.
“Wha–?!” I thought. “That’s a pretty bold statement. He’d better have a good argument.” And you know what? He did.
After God created the universe, and then man, it was God who said things weren’t quite right. It was God who said man needed more. So he created Eve. God created us to need more than just him. He created us to need community and relationships.
Could it be that we’ve become so focused on God that we’re losing the other important aspects of our faith, like community?
While our salvation rests only on God. There’s more to life than our death. There’s certainly more to life than overly sappy Christian music. Everything exists in community. People. Angels. Demons. Even God himself exists in three parts. I want God to be at the center of my life. But I don’t want God to be the only thing in my life. And I don’t think that’s what he ever wanted either.