“Cheer up Church. You’re worse off than you think.”
These poignant lyrics from singer/songwriter Charlie Peacock echoed in my mind this morning as I read the news. From crazy election results, to sin proudly on display, one cannot escape the seemingly relentless movement of hearts turned away from God.
The only answer to this horrible situation is the grace of God.
Asked to explain the lyrics of the song, Peacock wrote, “The truth is… I am worse off than I think or know. It is amazing that God knows the extent of my rebellion against Him (even if I really don't) and He still loves me and pursues me and is committed to making me like his Son Jesus. When I take this to heart a smile appears on my face. I cheer up.” Our lives are not dominated by circumstances, but rather the reality of God’s grace poured out on our life.
This worked itself out lyrically in the song, “Cheer Up, Church”
“It's just like God to make a hero from a sinner
It's just like God to choose the loser not the winner
It's just like God to tell a story through the weak
To let the Gospel speak through the life of a man
Who'll be the first to say,
‘Cheer up, Church
You're worse off than you think
Cheer up, Church
You're standing at the brink
Don't despair, do not fear, Grace is near’"
As Evangelical Christianity continues to move to the outer boundaries of the culture, this is an opportunity for us to remember our might is not in politics nor in cultural prowess. It’s in the Gospel.
Cheer up, church! It’s worse than you think! But the Gospel never changes and Jesus is still on the throne. His grace is always near.
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 When Peacock wrote the lyrics for this song, he was remembering the life of a friend, Jack Miller, former pastor and a professor at Westminster Seminary. “Cheer up, you are worse off than you think,” was a perpetual reminder Dr. Miller gave to believers. http://www.crosswalk.com/culture/music/ask-charlie-cheer-up-church-youre-worse-off-than-you-think-541044.html
John Mark Yeats