Andrew Hozier-Byrne

Good God! The new song by Hozier is called “Take Me To Church”, which isn’t a reference to what you might think it is. None the less, it’s interesting the song title is called “Take Me to Church”, but the lyrics of the song seem to be about anything but anyone going to church.

My lover’s got humour
She’s the giggle at a funeral
Knows everybody’s disapproval
I should’ve worshipped her sooner
If the Heavens ever did speak
She is the last true mouthpiece
Every Sunday’s getting more bleak
A fresh poison each week
‘We were born sick, ‘ you heard them say it
My church offers no absolutes
She tells me ‘worship in the bedroom’
The only heaven I’ll be sent to
Is when I’m alone with you
I was born sick, but I love it
Command me to be well
Amen. Amen. Amen

Take me to church
I’ll worship like a dog at the shrine of your lies
I’ll tell you my sins and you can sharpen your knife
Offer me that deathless death
Good God, let me give you my life

Take me to church
I’ll worship like a dog at the shrine of your lies
I’ll tell you my sins and you can sharpen your knife
Offer me that deathless death
Good God, let me give you my life ( for full lyrics you can find them here)

I’m not one to critique art, but as a relevant church leader I do believe we must get better at understanding our culture, the people we are reaching out to and the music they enjoy. Here is my 2 cents on this new piece that seems to be trending right now on Google and other charts. We won’t be too harsh on the musical perspective, but simply pick out a few lines from the song to examine them from a spiritual perspective.

“Every Sunday is getting more bleak/a fresh poison every week, ‘we were born sick’ you heard them say it, my church offers no absolutes”

Dear Hozier, you’re absolutely correct in what your church was teaching you, contrary to popular “we are all essentially good” television theology. The Bible does in fact teach that we are all born with a sickness. (Rom. 3:23, 6:23) We are sick, both physically and spiritually and it’s called sin. The Bible teaches that we are born sinners and that Adam and Eve passed down the corrupt nature within every human being from the beginning of creation to the end. However, Sunday’s are no reason to be bleak! We as a church assemble as a group of people who believe we have been rescued from the curse of sin by the shed blood of Jesus. See, our sin stained blood was exchanged for his sinless blood. (2 Cor. 5:21) Therefore, we have been made into something new and wonderful which we celebrate every Sunday when we go to church.

“I’ll worship like a dog at the shrine of your lies/I’ll tell you my sins and you can sharpen your knife, offer me that deathless death.”

Hozier, what is a “deathless death”? Just curious. Death is death, both in its finality and in its eternity. Besides, I’ve never met anyone who claimed that they were a rat in a past life only to return as a human and are now sitting in front of me telling me so, except for a few people who I seriously question their ability to reason. But never mind death, lets take a look at the connection between confessing sin and being stabbed in the back. Touche’ Hozier, touche’. We Christians are guilty to this point in most cases. We have to admit that sometimes we kick our own while they are down. Instead of offering forgiveness, restoration and healing, we often times will react like Hozier is pointing out. We sharpen our knives, only to stab our friends in the back when they sin. Confession of sin should be a welcoming practice to those who call themselves Christians. To pretend that we are without sin certainly makes us a liar within our faith community and cuts off fellowship between each other.

What is most disturbing about this song was the “shock n awe” story line of gay love portrayed in the video. I found it hard to stomach the gay make-out scenes sprinkled in the video. Lovers of any gender doing anything that should be behind closed doors is and never will be, something my eyes need to take in. Since the story was unclear, I couldn’t tell if the guy was getting beat up because of the gay factor or if it was because he and his guy friend were hiding something important. Either way, “Take Me To Church” should be a wake up call to those of us we have unsaved friends or family members that are asking these same questions. They may in fact be asking us to “take them to church” but we ourselves need to practice what we preach to offer more than bleak outlooks on issues of sin, death and sexuality.

 

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