There are some songs that take you back to a certain time in your life.
This was a song I wrote and recorded with a few friends (Allan, Petunia and Yokho) from uni a few years ago, The track is very raw, because we did it on a whim, and never had the chance to redo it as all of us haven’t been in the same country and city since.
To You brings me back to a time when I had a lot more faith and fire for God. It reminds me of the good old days and of the sharpening of our faiths through discussions with friends of different theological backgrounds.
It reminded me of our hunger for God then. And it awakens a deep longing in me for that.
Show me your life,
Show me your heart,
Show me your mercy.
Show me your love,
Show me your ways,
Show me your truth, your grace.
I worry that saying ‘Be like Jesus! He’s cool cuz He hung out with sinners!’ actually ostracizes ‘sinners’. He never labeled them as such. It was disapproving religious folk who said Jesus was a friend of sinners. They were insulting Jesus by lumping him with ‘dirty people’. If we feel good about ourselves because we hang out with ‘sinners’, we’re elevating ourselves in a Pharisaical hierarchy. Jesus didn’t tell us to love sinners. He told us to love our neighbors [and our enemies]. So no, don’t ‘be like Jesus who hung out with prostitutes and drunkards’. Be like Jesus who saw people as names and faces and stories, not sins. When religious people point at you and say ‘Don’t you know this woman has a past?’, Jesus smiles and says ‘I know she has a future.’"