Saturday, March 31, 2012

Casting Crowns - Behind The Song "Jesus, Friend Of Sinners"

I heard this song today. I'm not sure if it was the first time I've heard it, but it was the first time it got through to my heart. This is a video about the song. I'll post the song next. I am getting something from this song that isn't exactly what was intended; but when I heard them singing about the world not being able to see Christ's message because of our pointing fingers, I saw how the world can't see Christ in us because we're too busy pointing our fingers at each other; at other believers. The unity and love that Christ spoke of in His church isn't there as it should be. I really don't know if what I've said in past blog posts about Catholicism is wrong. Maybe it is and maybe it isn't. But I'm getting that even if I was 'right' about some or all of what I have posted about, that much of it was not my business. I had to go through what I went through to learn something, but in the end I didn't learn what I thought I was learning all along. This may make no sense unless you've been with me for a while; but when I posted about Peter cutting off the ear of the servant of the high priest, and I said this was the pope persecuting the servants of Christ the High Priest; well, after listening to this song, I realized that was me, too. There is a time and a place to defend the faith, but sometimes we take things upon ourselves that we ought not. Whether any popes persecuted Christians, do I have the right to decide who is or who isn't a Christian? What do I really know about it? Our earthly church rulers may or may not do well, but we ourselves should love other individual believers and be united with them. I have no idea how this can happen, but I pray it does. That doesn't mean I won't ever speak out if I see something wrong, but I will be much more careful about it. And I pray I'll remember to take the plank out of my own eye first. In Christ,


Moonshadow said...

I'm not as familiar with Casting Crowns music as you are, but I heard a version of "Glorious Day" on the local Christian radio station that I liked very much. It wasn't by Casting Crowns and I'm trying to figure out who it's by. The radio station hasn't replied to my email inquiry and I don't know whether they will.

I'm aware that Casting Crowns wrote the music for their version of the song and that the lyrics themselves are taken from a hymn called "One Day" written in 1910. The version I heard on the radio had a male / female duet alternating verses. Any help?! :) Teresa

Jennie said...

Hi Teresa,
Are you sure it wasn't Casting Crowns? Their version does have the male/female duet alternating verses. At least the lady does sing one verse after Mark Hall sings the first one. I'm not familiar with another version like that, but that doesn't mean there isn't one, as my present Christian music knowledge is limited mostly to what they play on one radio station regularly.

Moonshadow said...

The tempo was quicker, perkier.

It's frustrating because I've grown so accustomed (spoiled) to finding anything and everything online some place or other. But these gospel hymns I'm hearing on the radio from 40+ years ago are all but lost. Just this morning I heard a version of "I Won't Turn Back No More." I recorded a snippet of it on my Voice Memo iPhone feature so I could Shazam it. LOL. The radio station ought to release a soundtrack. LOL.

Thanks for your help.