You might be the wife,
Waiting up at night
You might be the man,
Struggling to provide
Feeling like it's hopeless
Maybe you're the son,
Who chose a broken road
Maybe you're the girl,
Thinking you'll end up alone
Praying God can you hear me?
Oh God are you listening?
Am I more than flesh and bone?
Am I really something beautiful?
Yeah, I wanna believe, I wanna believe that
I'm not just some wandering soul
That you don't see and you don't know
Yeah I wanna believe, Jesus help me believe that I
Am someone worth dying for
I know you've heard the truth that God has set you free
But you think you're the one that grace could never reach
So you just keep asking, what everybody's asking
You're worth it, you can't earn it
Yeah the Cross has proven
That you're sacred and blameless
Your life has purpose
You are more than flesh and bone
Can't you see you're something beautiful
Yeah you gotta believe, you gotta believe
He wants you to see, He wants you to see
That you're not just some wandering soul
That can't be seen and can't be known
Yeah you gotta believe, you gotta believe that you
Are someone worth dying for
You're someone worth dying for
You're someone worth dying for
The words you or I appear approximately38 times in this song. God appears 3 times.
What does this do to grace? The uncritical thinker has no clue! If we are worth dying for, then Christ's death was not unmerited, was it? We were worth dying for and therefore, Christ SHOULD have died for us. He did not redeem us because He is full of grace and mercy. He redeemed us because we are special and we were worth it.
Romans 5:8 "But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." A sinner is a moral outcast, a wicked God hating vile person who rejects God. We have so softened the word that it has all but lost it's meaning. The sinner should sting our moral senses. It should cause an inward moral flinch. Think about how you feel if someone called you a rapist, a murdered, or a pedaphile. How would that feel? Same difference!
Now, here is another modern song that is actually theologically rich with meaning and an accurate reflection of man's relation to Christ.
In Christ alone my hope is found;I or me appears 14 times in this song and in a very different context. God is mentioned 10 times and even more than that if you count personal pronouns. My point is that these are two modern songs. One is distinctly theological while the other is based in modern self-esteem. One is God-centered while the other is me-centered.
He is my light, my strength, my song;
This cornerstone, this solid ground,
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My comforter, my all in all—
Here in the love of Christ I stand.
In Christ alone, Who took on flesh,
Fullness of God in helpless babe!
This gift of love and righteousness,
Scorned by the ones He came to save.
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied;
For ev'ry sin on Him was laid—
Here in the death of Christ I live.
There in the ground His body lay,
Light of the world by darkness slain;
Then bursting forth in glorious day,
Up from the grave He rose again!
And as He stands in victory,
Sin's curse has lost its grip on me;
For I am His and He is mine—
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.
No guilt in life, no fear in death—
This is the pow'r of Christ in me;
From life's first cry to final breath,
Jesus commands my destiny.
No pow'r of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home—
Here in the pow'r of Christ I'll stand.
Grace evaporates in this kind of thinking. This is why people engage in all kinds of ungodly thinking regarding Christian teaching and how they should think about God. Man, in reality, hates grace because in order for grace to true, man has to be desperately wicked and undeserving of anything good from the hand of God. This is why some people argue that people can enter heaven outside Christ. They do not understand grace. No one deserves to go to heaven. NO ONE! No one deserves even a chance! NO ONE! No one deserves to hear the gospel! NO ONE! When they do, it is grace on God's part. He is under no moral obligation to one thing for one human on this earth. But for grace, we would all rightly be in hell. Let us repent of our failure and refusal to use our minds to serve God and begin to think the way God has commanded us to think!