Eileen and I led music at The Open Door last night. I was especially excited to help choose songs last night because I wanted to introduce a new song from the Songs for a Revolution of Hope cd. The song was Let Your Kingdom Come, by Brian McLaren and Tracy Howe. I love this song for several reasons: (1) It is a song calling for God to establish justice and peace – not just a song about inward devotion or about pleasant feelings, but about genuine Kingdom life; (2) It is a holistic picture of justice and peace: the lyrics of the verses address poverty, economic sin, violence, war, and care for the earth as God’s creation; (3) it climaxes with a plea for the Kingdom to come and let “every knee bow to the One who was, will be, and is now, and let justice roll, as rivers run, and let death give way to resurrection.” What an amazing blend of Philippians 2 and Amos 5 – both high Christology and holistic salvation!
After the service I told BJ that I don’t really care if people liked how well we sang the song – I just want people to understand and sing passionately songs like it about justice and faith. I hope it will catch on, both at Open Door and at other places, and I pray that God will continue to bless musicians with the ability to write more songs like this.