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Kings and Queens

Posted in Uncategorized on July 30, 2010 by joshbronleewe

As a songwriter, sometimes a song will quietly sneak up on me and slap me square in the face. When this happens I have no choice but to wrestle it to the floor and write it out. These are the songs that wreck me. These are the songs I can’t forget.

Ever since I walked off a plane from Africa and back onto this continent, many thoughts and feelings have been making their way around my heart and mind and finally settled into a song yesterday. You could say it snuck up on me and slapped me in the face. It was a normal day. I was scheduled to get together with a writer/artist friend of mine named Nicole Serrano. After about 3 hours, we had a song written called “Kings and Queens”. It’s a song of if/then. IF we have been forever changed by our God and given new life, and IF we are aware of the tremendous needs of others… THEN we will show them hope and love, THEN we will give our lives away toward that end. There’s some harsh truth in this song depicting our general ignorance and indifference toward the pain and suffering of people outside the walls we’ve erected to preserve our comfortable, padded lives. As “kings and queens” we live in affluence and wealth and knowingly, or unknowingly, keep our eyes from looking upon the poverty and despair of others. There’s some challenging truth in this song as well, that true FAITH requires ACTION. That “if we say we love our God” then “they will know us by our love.” That we would take the gospel to the poor and the needy and meet their hunger and thirst spiritually and physically. That they would know our God’s love by the way we love them.

The bottom line is this: It is costly to live out true faith

There’s a passage in 2 Corinthians where Paul describes the hardships he has gone through in order to follow Jesus. It goes like this: “…In great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses; in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger; in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love; in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left; through glory and dishonor, bad report and good report; genuine, yet regarded as impostors; known, yet regarded as unknown; dying, and yet we live on; beaten, and yet not killed; sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything.”

We need to remember that following our Savior is costly. Not sometimes only for certain people like Paul. But for everyone that desires to be a follower – a disciple – of our Lord Jesus, He said there will be a COST. But it is WELL WORTH giving up the things we cannot keep in order to gain eternal riches in our God, which we CANNOT LOSE. Here are the words to “Kings and Queens”, I hope they can encourage and challenge us to tear down our walls and start giving our lives away.

“We know but we don’t do. We have but we don’t give. We don’t want to see or feel anything for you. We just want to live. We just want to be. Behind our castle walls living like kings and queens.

If we say we believe, if we say we love our god. When will they find hope, when will they find love. If we have been set free and forever changed. They’ll know us by our love if we give our lives away. If we give our lives away.

You need but we don’t share. You die but we don’t care. We turn on our tv’s ignoring your despair. We’re holding on so tight to all our pretty things. Our silver and our gold is poison in our veins.

If we say we believe, if we say we love our god. When will they find hope, when will they find love. If we have been set free and forever changed. They’ll know us by our love if we give our lives away. If we give our lives away.

We’re holding on so tight to all our pretty things. Behind our castle walls living like kings and queens.”

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