Secular Gospel: Prince on Good Friday?

“Secular Gospel”???  This term has been rolling around in my head, and it’s been sticking with me. When it comes to art/music/movies etc., there seems to be this separation between what’s “Christian” and what’s not. But this bible verse comes to my mind…

Colossians 1:16-17 “For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”

If He created everything, then you can find him in everything can’t you? So, from time to time I am going to share something I see, hear or read from the “secular world”. Some of it may be new, some of it might be old. But maybe if we look for God outside the “safe places”, we might just see him more than on Sunday morning and Wednesday nights…

Prince?

Yes the man who brought you Little Red Corvette, Let’s Go Crazy, Kiss, Cream and other songs that won’t be listed here. Can you find God’s message in his musical library…?

Black day, stormy night
No love, no hope in sight
Don’t cry for he is coming
Don’t die without knowing the cross

Ghettos to the left of us
Flowers to the right
There’ll be bread for all, y’all
If we can just, just bear the cross, yeah

The Cross by Prince (Sign Of The Times)

Sound like pretty solid theology to me? Suffering, love, pain, social injustice all can be solved by the bread, just bear the cross…?

And it’s a flat out worship song, just watch this performance…

Black day, stormy night
No love, no hope in sight
Don’t cry, he is coming
Don’t die without knowing the cross
Ghettos to the left of us
Flowers to the right
There’ll be bread for all of us
If we can just bear the cross

Sweet song of salvation
A pregnant mother sings
She lives in starvation
Her children need all that she brings

We all have our problems
Some big, some are small
Soon all of our problems
Will be taken by the cross

Black day, stormy night
No love, no hope in sight
Don’t cry for he is coming
Don’t die without knowing the cross

Ghettos to the left of us
Flowers to the right
There’ll be bread for all, y’all
If we can just, just bear the cross, yeah

We all have our problems
Some are big, some are small
Soon all of our problems, y’all
Will be taken by the cross

The cross
The cross

For me, this is what Good Friday is all about. The sacrifice Jesus made for us, on the cross is all we need in our lives. This is when we recognize that he took all our pain, all our shame, all our sins and put them on the cross…

And I look forward to Sunday, when we get to say “He Is Risen… He Is Risen, Indeed!”

More of these to come in the future, let me know what you think and leave me a comment below…


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2 thoughts on “Secular Gospel: Prince on Good Friday?

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  1. Prince spoken often of his “morphing” to Jehovah’s Witness in his last decade alive. His guitarist Dez Dickerson said “There’s maybe three Prince personas. One of them is a very calculated marketing mind. That’s where the ’embodying pure sex’ thing comes from. Another of them is ‘I’m gonna be the baddest musician there ever was.’”
    “And then there’s the guy who really is thoughtful and introspective and holds religious considerations close to his heart and ponders those questions sincerely and genuinely and deeply. And those are the three guys who, over the years, have vied for the microphone.”
    How much can so many of us relate to that?!
    I consider The Rolling Stones “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” gospel. I have a long list of songs that maybe aren’t religious, but once I think of Him, they are never not about Him ever again. It’s about what you listen with, I think, and feeling all good music through God is another way to enjoy praying without ceasing.

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