10. Powerful to save
Slide 10 of 10
(Words and music by Reuben Morgan and Ben Fielding)
Honestly, I cringe even to put this song on this list. It’s actually one of my favorites. I still remember the first time we sang it in my church worship. I loved him then, and I still love him especially. But I can never get past a few words that hold me back. Take, for example, “Everyone needs a saviour.” I don’t believe everyone needs a savior; I think everyone needs the Savior. Lowercase “s” lifesavers are pretty cheap, but the one lifesaver that can really save was very expensive.
I’m also uncomfortable with the line, “So take me as you find me.” It’s too cavalier, too irreverent, as if we were giving orders to God. I’d be a bigger fan of this song if these lyrics simply read, “You take me as you find me. Which is true… Thank God he takes us as he finds us, although he never leaves us there.
I am in no way suggesting that the 10 songs on this list should be banned from our contemporary cults. And for every song I’ve listed here that I’d rather not sing again, there are countless more that I hope to sing again and again, until the day when all Christ worshipers sing one new song – the song of the Lamb, the song of the redeemed.
“I have heard all creatures in the heavens and on the earth and under the earth and on the sea and all that is in them, sing: ‘To him that sits on the throne and to the Lamb, praise, honor, glory and power, for always and forever!’” (Revelation 5:13)
Elizabeth Spencer is a Midwestern wife of 22 years and mother of two teenage daughters, one a high school freshman and the other a college freshman. She and her family attend a small country church where she has the privilege of being part of the worship team and leading the women’s Bible study. When she’s not driving her high school daughter to school or dancing or volunteering as a marching band mom, she writes about faith, family and food (with some occasional funny ones) at www.guiltychocoholicmama.blogspot.com.
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