Love's As Strong Lyrics
words & music ~ Rich Mullins and Mitch McVicker
Copyright © 1999 White Plastic Bag Music
All rights reserved
has got you in its throes
strong as death my love.
nothing left to soothe you with.
strong as death my love.
point, Buzz returns with Lefty ... from the trading post with guns and
blankets and food and everything, and everyone is like happy that they
will have something to fight with when the soldiers arrive. Of course,
they know that they're all going to be beat, but they still think it's
cool that they can fight, except for Frank, and he's ... having come through
the civil war, he has begun to question the validity of violence, even
in defense. And he's kinda going, "Man, I don't feel so good about this.
I don't really ... if we want to follow the example of Christ, if we want
to live according to the gospel, don't we need to turn the other cheek?"
And of course, Lefty is going, "Turning the other cheek won't do any good."
Ivory is going, "Turning the other cheek only means that we will lose everything
that we've come to find." And that may work if you're a great mystic, but
if you're a regular guy like I am, and you want to have a family, and you
want ... blah blah blah blah blah ... turning the other cheek doesn't make
a lot of sense." So Frank says, "I need to go pray. I need to go find out
what it is I'm supposed to do here. How do I respond to this sort of thing?"
So then, when he leaves, the other three guys are going ... Buzz says,
"The thing that worries me is that I might turn the other cheek in vain.
It doesn't bother me that I might be killed or whatever, but it does bother
me that that may have no meaning; it may not change anything. And a life
is a terrible thing to waste." But Buzz calls the other guys back to focusing
on the character of Christ, and the way he does it is by bringing a focus
to the stations of the cross, but looking at ... how did Christ conquer
the world? And in the stations of the cross, you see the final suffering
of Jesus, and you realize that there is in some bizarre miraculous way,
that we do conquer by surrendering, that we do overcome by a method that
makes no sense to humankind. So no one is sure at this point exactly how
they're going to respond, but they know that whatever their response is,
it has to be out of obedience to Christ, and they're looking now to Christ
and saying, "If we want to obey you, what would that look like. What did
obedience look like in your life." And this is the song that Buzz sings
that is about that.
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