Archive | December, 2015

Come Away

27 Dec

I haven’t had too much to be cranky about lately, but here’s a song that’s truly terrible.

It’s ‘Come Away’ by Jesus Culture. Here, enjoy the madness on youtube.

The song’s lyrics (all of its lyrics!) are:

Come away with me, Come away with me
It’s never too late, it’s not too late
It’s not too late for you

I have a plan for you
I have a plan for you
It’s gonna be wild
It’s gonna be great
It’s gonna be full of me

Open up your heart and let me in

I think I could sum up my dislike of this song with one element: If you were a committed Satanist you could happily sing this song. The song’s lyrics are so generically vague that they could be applied to any god you happened to worship, or other divine or semi-divine figure. Or your boyfriend.

To give the song a modicum of credit, it does have some biblical roots, interpreted through the warping lens of individualistic romance-and-adventure Pentecostalism. ‘It’s never too late’ palely reflects the truth that the Gospel offer of redemption extends to all sinners, and can even embrace Saul of Tarsus. ‘I have a plan for you’ is a commonly-twisted and misapplied rendering of Jeremiah 29:11 ripped out of context and applied as a promise of success and blessing for individuals. ‘It’s gonna be wild’ had nothing to do with the Scriptures and everything to do with American obsessions over the ‘wildness’ of the Christian life as an ‘adventure’ and ‘romance’ with God conflicted over whether he is a┬áneo-renaissance paleo cowboy-rockstar-lover, or we are. And ‘open your heart and let me in’ reflects American evangelicalism’s weak doctrine of repentance as ‘invite Jesus into your heart’ coupled with charismatic mis-emphases of spiritual experience being about ‘surrender’.

Misguided, vacuous, and not a single mention of Jesus. A zero.