Sunday, August 07, 2016

Counting Stars by Onerepublic (and some thoughts)

Love this line:
Everything that kills me makes me feel alive
That can be taken several ways.

One way is hinted at in the line, "I feel something so wrong / Doing the right thing." Doing the right thing often feels right, makes you feel more alive. Sin is tempting, for example, not because it's ugly, but because it's attractive.

Another way is more overtly Christian. (Band members are Christian, but Onerepublic isn't a "Christian band.") The New Testament teaches that those who repent and believe in Christ submit to the death of their old sinful selves so that the new selves can be raised with Christ. So, Christians can easily sing that everything that kills the old us brings us to life.

There are other ways the line could be seen.

Most probably, it's just a song lyric.

[Blogger Mark Daniels is pastor of Living Water Lutheran Church in Centerville, Ohio.]

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