Making her debut as a guest writer here at Sweet Sweet Sounds is Tabitha from the GSUS LUVS U Blog.
I personally love NEEDTOBREATHE, an “alternative Christian” band from South Carolina. Their style, while far from country, has southern roots, which I appreciate, having southern roots also. The unique style has been labeled as everything from Christian rock to post-grunge rock. Regardless of what you call them, they are a great band that has some amazing Christian songs and some that anyone could enjoy. You may know their songs “Brother,” “Difference Maker,” “Something Beautiful,” and “Multiplied.”
I could have picked any of the songs off Rivers in the Wasteland to blog about today, but I chose “More Heart, Less Attack.” The lyrics are strong and meaningful, and the beat is great for playing acoustic guitar to (and singing along with!). Here’s the acoustic video, and a link to the lyrics.
The song seems to be based on James 1:19-20: “My dearly loved brothers, understand this: Everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger, for man’s anger does not accomplish God’s righteousness.” (HCSB)
This is a reminder on a personal level: we need to have heart and not be the instigator of attacks (to paraphrase the song a little). Rather than adding fuel to the fire, we should attempt to put it out. God is not a God of strife. He is a God of love. So we should have hearts that overflow with it—rather than be a heartless attacker.
The lyrics could also be read as a message to the church. Although there are issues we feel passionately about, Christianity isn’t about shoving the Bible down people’s throats (literally or figuratively!). Again, it is about love. Love your enemies. Pray for those who persecute you. Have mercy on others. Be more heart, and less attack.
As with many NEEDTOBREATHE songs, this one is laden with beautiful word pictures and sometimes elusive figures of speech, making it deeper than the typical songs you hear on Christian radio. (I have not yet heard “More Heart, Less Attack” on my Christian radio station, but you never know…maybe someday soon!)
As you go forth into your school, workplace, and church, strive to be the heart and not the attack. Be the light in the cracks! The one that’s mending the camel’s back!* Give this song a few listens and maybe share it with your friends. You never know who could use that encouragement. 🙂 – Tabitha from GSUS LUVS U blog.
PS* If you love that line as much as I do, leave a comment! ;D