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Whatever it Takes

A friend of mine asked me to put a song together with clips from Passion of the Christ for a sermon he would give.

It was a song by Pillar, a very hard-edged, blood-curdling kind of sound, and not at all the kind of music I’d normally lend my ear to. I could already hear my dad saying, “Son, that is not music, that’s just noise.”

But it was a way of serving Him, and so I accepted the challenge of putting the torture and sacrifice of my Savior in the company of music that if I heard it on the radio, I couldn’t flip the dial quick enough.

What I realized as I waded into the work was that there would be no better way to describe the resolve of what Jesus chose to do, the pain He accepted on our behalf. It was not a pretty song. There was nothing harmonic about what He did for us. It was a split from anything right in this world. The terrorism that He and those around Him experienced was beyond sanity as they entered into the realm of a crazed mob, frothing at the mouth for the ultimate destruction of His life… and this song told that story. It put to music the raw reality of anguish, the resolve, the harshness, the barbaric chords of what Christ endured for us.

This, my friends, is what I feel we should be shouting from the rooftops, instead of rationalizing a comfortable way of life. Anything we do in His service, whether it makes sense in the eyes of man or not, right down to selling everything we own and moving to a foreign land to share His story… it’s worth it.

He is worth it. Watch this video, and ask yourself if you’d rather listen to a lullaby:

Music: Pillar. Whatever it Takes

Video: Passion of the Christ

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