I took a chance on Ash Wednesday and brought some secular music into our worship service.
A few weeks ago I heard the song “21 Guns” by Green Day, featuring the cast of the American Idiot. The lyrics struck a chord with me and I knew that the song would be making an appearance at some point in worship.
Here are the verses to the song …
Do you know what’s worth fighting for?
When it’s not worth dying for?
Does it take your breath away and you feel yourself suffocating?
Does the pain weigh out the pride?
And you look for a place to hide?
Did someone break your heart inside,you’re in ruins
When you’re at the end of the road
And you lost all sense of control
And your thoughts have taken their toll
When your mind breaks the spirit of your soul
Your faith walks on broken glass and the hangover doesn’t pass
Nothing’s ever built to last, you’re in ruins
Did you try to live on your own?
When you burned down the house and home?
Did you stand too close to the fire?
Like a liar looking for forgiveness from a stone
When it’s time to live and let die
And you can’t get another try
Something inside this heart has died, you’re in ruins
Like I said in my sermon, Christianity allows us to be broken. It allows us to feel like we are at the end of the road, losing control and in ruins. Because despite feeling the brokenness of being human, we know that we are still redeemed through Jesus. And we do need to give up the fight of trying to be perfect; we need to allow ourselves to be imperfections touched by the grace of God. We need to feel God’s healing touch on our lives.
It’s beautiful, really. We’re not in this alone. And that’s okay.
Listen to the song and let me know what you think! This is the version from the cast of The American Idiot.