On the widget below, click play, and then click "listen" and scroll over to the song "Instead of a Show." The whole album is phenomenal, but this song particularly resonates deep in my soul. The song comes from Amos 5:21-24:

"I hate, I despise your feasts,
and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies.
Even though you offer me your burnt offerings and grain offerings,
I will not accept them;
and the peace offerings of your fattened animals,
I will not look upon them.
Take away from me the noise of your songs;
to the melody of your harps I will not listen.
But let justice roll down like waters,
and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.

So let me ask, are we allowed to make such "X" rated prophesies today as Amos did then? Does Jon Foreman accurately identify a problem within the Church today?

Musically: Wonderful! Exquisite! State of the art; a tuba short of perfection, but a masterpiece indeed. I love the brass and the Dylanesque phrasing.


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Instead of a Show
By: Jon Foreman

I hate all your show and pretense
The hypocrisy of your praise
The hypocrisy of your festivals
I hate all your show

Away with your noisy worship
Away with your noisy hymns
I stop up my ears when you're singing 'em
I hate all your show

Instead let there be a flood of justice
An endless procession of righteous living, living
Instead let there be a flood of justice
Instead of a show

Your eyes are closed when you're praying
You sing right along with the band
You shine up your shoes for services
But there's blood on your hands

You turned your back on the homeless
And the ones that don't fit in your plan
Quit playing religion games
There's blood on your hands

Ah! Let's argue this out
If your sins are blood red
Let's argue this out
You'll be white as the clouds
Let's argue this out
Quit fooling around

Give love to the ones who can't love at all
Give hope to the ones who got no hope at all
Stand up for the ones who can't stand at all

I hate all your show

[HT: Dan Wilt]

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