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Monday, August 3, 2009

Christian music news: How to Share Your Faith Using Relient K's Be My Escape

Latest christian music: Did you catch the buzz? This past week, Relient K was one of the bands featured live on MTV's TRL, performing Be My Escape. Their hit song is also currently on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. While it's awesome to find an openly Christian band featured on MTV and appearing on the Billboard Hot 100, it's also way cool to know that the lyrics to their song can provide a great opportunity to share about God with your friends!
Check out these words to the chorus of Be My Escape.
Cause I've been housing all this doubt and insecurity and
I've been locked inside that house all the while You hold the key
And I've been dying to get out and that might be the death of me
And even though, there's no way in knowing where to go, promise I'm going because
I gotta get outta here
Cause I'm afraid that this complacency is something I can't shake
I gotta get outta here
And I'm begging You, I'm begging You, I'm begging You to be my escape.

If you've ever felt like you want or need to escape (and who hasn't?!), this song overflows with the reality that God is the only REAL escape. He is our escape on several different levels. First, He's our escape from certain spiritual death. As we come to grips with the truth that we are not perfect and that our sins separate us from a perfect God, we realize Jesus is our escape from being separated from God for all eternity.
But God is also our escape on a whole other level. He's our place of safety we can run to for refuge when our world gets crazy, painful or just plain ugly. In the Bible King David put it this way,
Say this:
"GOD, you're my refuge.
I trust in you and I'm safe!"
That's right--he rescues you from hidden traps,
shields you from deadly hazards.
His huge outstretched arms protect you--
under them you're perfectly safe;
his arms fend off all harm.
Psalms. 91:2-4

Not that God promises us a totally happy, trouble-free life, but he is our escape in the midst of the troubles that come, because He promises to be with us and carry us through.
And finally, another level that Be My Escape directly speaks to is that God is our escape when we're stuck in a rut of our own making. When we're locked up by doubt and insecurity and not living the life God's called us to, when we call out to Him - when we beg Him, He is our escape. John 15:5-13 says it this way:
I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you're joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can't produce a thing. Anyone who separates from me is deadwood, gathered up and thrown on the bonfire. But if you make yourselves at home with me and my words are at home in you, you can be sure that whatever you ask will be listened to and acted upon. This is how my Father shows who he is--when you produce grapes, when you mature as my disciples.
I've loved you the way my Father has loved me. Make yourselves at home in my love. If you keep my commands, you'll remain intimately at home in my love. That's what I've done--kept my Father's commands and made myself at home in his love.
I've told you these things for a purpose: that my joy might be your joy, and your joy wholly mature. (The Message)
God's telling us that if we're not clinging to Him and living in His power, we can do nothing of lasting value for Him. He's there to be our escape from an empty, meaningless life and to give us a vibrant, awesome life in Him!!
Next time you hear this song with your friends, ask them what they think it means and then share with them how God's ready and willing to be their escape by
  • Saving them from eternal separation from God
  • Being their escape and refuge in time of trouble
  • Pulling them from the rut they're in and giving them a vibrant, God-filled, abundant life.
What an incredible, awesome, totally cool God we have! And doesn't it make you want to share Him with your friends who desperately need Him to 'be their escape'??


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