Thursday, September 30, 2010

Blood on the Pavement

The following video is a song called "One Day." It is by Matisyahu, an orthodox Jew who has a reggae style of hip-hop. I have put the lyrics below with a few reflections.

sometimes I lay under the moon and thank God I'm breathing / then I pray don't take me soon cause I am here for a reason
sometimes in my tears I drown but I never let it get me down / so when negativity surrounds I know some day it'll all turn around
because all my life I've been waiting for I've been praying for for the people to say
that we don't wanna fight no more they'll be no more wars and our children will play
one day x6
it's not about win or lose, we all lose when they feed on the souls of the innocent
blood drenched pavement, keep on moving though the waters stay raging
in this maze you can lose your way (your way) / it might drive you crazy but don't let it faze you no way (no way)
one day this all will change, treat people the same, stop with the violence
down with the hate, one day we'll all be free and proud to be under the same sun singing songs of freedom like
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I am struck by the Kingdom vision, the Kingdom longing that is expressed in this song. One day, indeed, our Father will end all wars, bring about a place where all men and women are equal, where national boundaries and land are not worth the price of another man's blood, that freedom is not a rallying cry of the powerful and rich and a distant dream of the poor, where children will play with joy as we will all be like children, where song of justice and righeousness and freedom will ring loud and true, where creativity will no longer build instruments of death but tools for celebration and hope.

If this is the world that God is bring ONE DAY, why not work for it now?

Is that not our hope as Christians, our purpose? Are we not to be signposts of the coming Kingdom welcoming into the present reality the coming justice, peace, and righteousness that will one day reign supreme?

Let us give ourselves to seeing that One Day being Today!

Father, fill us with visions of your Kingdom, longings for your justice to be done among us. May the mission of Jesus become ours. Fill us with the Spirit that we may preach good news to the poor, open the eyes of the blind, set the captive free, and proclaim your Jubilee!


  1. Wow, we are so on the same page. Not only do I agree with so much of what you say on this blog, I love the song "One Day," and have read Hughes' book, Christian America and the Kingdom of God. Even more than that, I love the idea of God's kingdom coming (right now, and--one day--FULLY), as well as the idea that we spend much of our lives operating within a false reality. And I just finished Ephesians in my One Year Bible, which is my favorite letter.

    All that to say, I love your thoughts, and I look forward 1) to reading more, and 2) to see what God is planning for His church. It seems like He has planted this Kingdom stuff in A LOT of our hearts right now...

  2. Thanks for your thoughtful response. Hughes' book is sitting on my desk right now. Can't wait to break that one open! He is actually coming to our church in late October to speak. It seems that the church today needs to learn to dream again, but dreams of the Kingdom coming not dreams of safety and security, etc.