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Peace Is Conditional

Posted on Wednesday, September 28, 2011 in Uncategorized

I love listening to my old music.  I love breaking out a Bruce Springsteen concert or playing Rush’s La Villa Strangiato.

I also love learning about newer artists. 

Recently my son Josh’s girlfriend Taylor introduced me to metalcore bands I hadn’t heard.  Now I listen to Acacia Strain, Asking Alexandria, Dead By April, and Motionless in White.  I admit, they won’t make the daily list, but they will spin in my media player.

By the way, what music are you listening to that I should consider listening to too?

Deep Music

Ten years ago while sitting in his living room my friend Dan Adler played Sara Groves’ song Generations.  I fell in love with it immediately.  I loved the simple way she connected deep thoughts.

The first four lines of Generations meld theology, ethics, morality, anthropology and social psychology.

Theology – “I can taste the fruit of Eve.”

Ethics & Morality – “I’m aware of sickness death and disease.”

Anthropology – “The results of her choices were vast.”

Social Psychology – “Eve was the first but she wasn’t the last.”

According to her web site, Deuteronomy 11:26-28 was the inspiration for this song. 1

Old Warnings

We are all connected.  We should all accept mutual accountability for our choices and decisions. 

Look, today I am giving you the choice between a blessing and a curse! You will be blessed if you obey the commands of the Lord your God that I am giving you today. But you will be cursed if you reject the commands of the Lord your God and turn away from him and worship gods you have not known before.” 2

We shared the mutual responsible for blessing and the curses that our choices result in.  My prayer is that my choices will bless my children, and their children, and their children and their children.

Sara Groves – Generations

I can taste the fruit of Eve.
I’m aware of sickness death and disease.
The results of her choices were vast.
Eve was the first but she wasn’t the last.

If I were honest with myself,
had I been standing at that tree,
my mouth and my hands would be covered with fruit.
Things I shouldn’t know and things I shouldn’t see.

Chorus:
Remind me of this with every decision.
Generations will reap what I sow.
I can pass on a curse or a blessing to those I will never know.
She taught us to fear the serpent.

I’m learning to fear myself and all of the things
I am capable of in my search for acceptance, wisdom and wealth.
To say the devil made me do it is a cop-out and a lie.
The devil can’t make me do anything when I’m calling on Jesus Christ.

Chorus

To my great-great-great-granddaughter, live in peace.
To my great-great-great-grandson, live in peace.
To my great-great-great granddaughter, live in peace.
To my great-great-great-grandson, live in peace, live in peace.

Chorus

Eve was the first but she wasn’t the last.

God is abundantly generous, but ultimately doesn’t bless those who reject him.  “I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.

1 – http://www.saragroves.com/lyrics/conversations/generations/

2 – Deuteronomy 11:26-28, NLT

3 – Deuteronomy 5:9-11, NIV

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