Return of the ‘classic’ Christian song
My wife, son and I attended a concert on the Christian Classics Tour last Friday that featured Michael Card, Wayne Watson, Twila Paris, and Steve Green. I’m old enough to remember when these four were pillars of what was known as “contemporary Christian music” in the 80s and 90s (‘classic’ is a nice euphemism). The local paper here called it “bringing back songwriters, not just performers.” I can see why. We were reminded of what a great trove of music these artists represent. For example, look at the lyrics to this Michael Card song: It seems I’ve imagined Him all of my life As the wisest of all of mankind But if God’s Holy wisdom is foolish to men He must have seemed out of His mind For even His family said He was mad And the priest said a demon’s to blame But God in the form of this angry young man Could not have seemed perfectly sane When we in our foolishness thought we were wise He played the fool and He opened our eyes When we in our weakness believed we were strong He became helpless to show we were wrong So we follow God’s own Fool For only the foolish can tell Believe the unbelievable Come be a fool as well Come lose your life for a carpenter’s son For a madman who died for a dream Then you’ll have the faith His first followers had And you’ll feel the weight of the beam So surrender the hunger to say you must know Have the courage to say, “I believe” For the power of paradox opens your eyes And blinds those who say they can see So we follow God’s own Fool For only the foolish can tell Believe the unbelievable Come be a fool as well Have you seen any of the shows? Do you have a favorite “Christian classic” from one of these artists?