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It's About the Cross

by Jamison J. Statema / Go Fish
CCLI# 4804149
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It’s not often that I cringe at the lyrics to a song even as I’m singing it, but that was the case with this one.  The song reminds worshippers that Jesus’ story is not just about his birth, but also his death (“The beginning of the story is wonderful and great / But it’s the ending that can save you and that’s why we celebrate”). In proclaiming this message, the song falls into the trap of overemphasizing Jesus’ death for us at the expense of his birth and life.  The offense seemed even more egregious since we were singing it at the time of the year when we celebrate Jesus’ birth.  As Anabaptists, we do our best to remember all aspects of Jesus’ ministry, believing that Christ is bringing about renewal here and now, not just when we die (“It’s about the stone that was rolled away / So that you and I could have real life someday).  This song holds up one part of Jesus’ ministry over another, and for that reason it should be avoided in worship.