Questioning Christian culture?

by Anna Blanch on August 14, 2009


A few months ago, a friend of mine introduced me to the music of Ross King. Thoughtful, funny, insightful, and hopeful, with a little bit of bite, King’s lyrics appeal to me. I thought i’d share this song, written in 1995, OPEN LETTER TO THE CHRISTIAN SUBCULTURE.

If I tap your shell will I find it hollow?
If I look to close will I see right through?
And if I break your spell what then will I follow?
Are you willing to show me how to get there without you?

Is there something more than what you’ve been telling?
Or maybe you’ve been telling more than what you know?
And I’ve been buying all this stuff that you’ve been selling
Now I’m wondering where all that money goes.

CHORUS
I want something real, and I don’t think that you can give it to me
You don’t know how I feel; you’re too addicted to your life
I’m making my appeal can you take the time to listen to me?
Or are you blinded by the light you never shine?

I really like the music and the songs your singing
But it sounds like something that I’ve heard before
And you’re saying so much so fast and your not explaining
Don’t you realize that some of us have been ignored?

There’s some guy quoting answers from a book of guesses
He’s a pseudo-student of a brand new art
But he’s the expert here among the wide eyed masses
He has unchecked power over every little heart

CHORUS
I want something real, and I don’t think that you can give it to me
You don’t know how I feel; you’re too addicted to your life
I’m making my appeal can you take the time to listen to me?
Or are you blinded by the light you never shine?

If I were a death row inmate praying for a pardon
And you had the only saving proof
Would you come down from your party just to stop my execution?
Or would you just keep dancing on my roof?

If your Jesus really is the only answer
Why do you find answers in the people you’re around?
You’ve got the latest CD, you read the hottest authors
But you cannot tell me where the scripture verse is found.

CHORUS
I want something real, and I don’t think that you can give it to me
You don’t know how I feel; you’re too addicted to your life
I’m making my appeal can you take the time to listen to me?
Or are you blinded by the light you never shine?

Are you blinded by the light you never shine?
Won’t you please just shine the light that I can’t find?
Please don’t move so fast that I am left behind.

http://www.rosskingmusic.com/

Ross King’s comments

How do I explain this song? Well, let me hasten to say I am not trying to offend anybody, but I am concerned about the trend-riding, trinket-selling, convention-dependent, mega-church, coffee house-hippie culture that we have created for ourselves here in the world of American Christianity. Its time for us to start reading our bibles more then we read ABOUT the bible, and learn to worship at all times, not just when there’s a really hip band around playing the latest really exciting song about rivers and fire and mountains and dancing things that have more to do with FEELING spiritual than they do with adoring and loving Jesus. I don’t know if any of this will make sense, or if it will just sound cynical, but I just wonder what those who are outside looking in would ask if we ever talked to them this song is just a guess….

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