You know what I realized about Christian music the other day?
It never features any break-up songs.
That’s rather interesting considering how the whole genre focuses on relationships, usually the kind we have with God (though there are the random few that focus on our relationships with others). And relationships are such very messy things.
That’s why secular music, which also predominantly focuses on relationships, does feature so many break-up songs.
You’ve got the Taylor Swift kind, where commitments end in irate declarations of “We Are Never Getting Back Together” because the other person is such a pain in the neck.
Or the he/she did me wrong type such as Ed-Sheeran’s “Don’t.”
Then there’s Dolly Parton/Whitney Houston’s classic “I Will Always Love You” message, which promises to never truly get over the ex.
And let’s not forget all those tracks out there about one-night stands, including Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me.” They’re still about break-ups when it comes down to it.
When you think about it, it only makes sense that secular music features so many messages like that. After all, broken relationships are part of life on this planet, whether due to personality differences, cheating, one-sided or conflicted decisions, or poor judgement.
Yet Christian music doesn’t go there. Not once.
Oh, it captures the hard times and allows that we humans screw things up. It acknowledges the obvious of how our personalities are too often unbecoming, that we stray, we walk away when we shouldn’t, we look for quick fixes instead of lasting meaning.
But as Tenth Avenue North’s “Beloved” shares, God’s always waiting to take us back.
I suppose that’s the nice thing about a heavenly relationship vs. an earthly one. While we’re down here, we always have the option of walking away… but God’s side of the ‘til-death-do-us-part agreement is an unbreakable commitment.
Better yet, since he offers new, never-ending life, we’ve got an eternity ahead of us where… break-up songs?