The Fuller Doctor of Ministry Program had the DMin Visit Day this morning, so the place has been busy. Motivation Monday has come out late today.
There is popular worship song by Chris Tomlin with a bridge that goes:
And if Our God is for us, then who could ever stop us
And if our God is with us, then what can stand against?
The Burner sang this song on Sunday after learning it at Catalyst West, so it’s trendiness is legitimate. It’s a very moving song–lots of space for emotion and crescendoes and pummeling drums and raised hands. It’s a worship leader’s dream.
In the middle of singing the bridge, TB was troubled. Not that TB disputes Romans 8:31. But repeated only this part of an important section of Romans is like repeating only the money verse from Jeremiah 29:11.
Who can stop The Burner if God is for The Burner? The Burner can. The Burner can ignore the call of God, disrupt the Spirit’s work in his own life, and/or refuse the instructions of Jesus that are given to serve neighbor, church and self towards the goal of the completion of the Kingdom of God. In fact, in his own life, TB feels that he puts up considerable roadblocks to God.
It may be semantics, and maybe the songwriter intends more to point to the omnipotence of God, but how often do we say, “God’s on my side!” when we should notice the previous verses in Romans 8 instructing conformity to Christ first. To TB, it seems that we should declare less our invincibility with God on our side, and acknowledge that God’s side is something we hope we’re on whilst we tirelessly strive to attempt to draw closer to God’s side.
It makes for a much more inspiring song the way it is sung now, but maybe there is a lyrical and evocative way to insert “God’s side is something we hope we’re on whilst we tirelessly strive to attempt to draw closer to God’s side” while keeping the beat.
This week, let’s keep the beat as we march towards hoping that we’re on God’s side while tirelessly striving to draw closer to Godself (Hey, that’s already shorter!).