Sunday, July 8, 2007

Arcade Fire's prophetic insight

Art plays a prophetic role in our time as much as it has in any other. Whether out of the mouths of babes and sucklings, or from the mouth of an ass, or from the conviction of the faithful, a true insight is chipped from God’s truth. Insight, presented poetically, is what I see in the song “Intervention” by the Canadian band Arcade Fire. The song describes a substantial part of my church experience, as well as the experiences of many others. Here are a few lines from the song:

Working for the Church while
your life falls apart.
Singin’ hallelujah with the fear in your heart.
Every spark of friendship and love
will die without a home.
Here the soldier groan, “We’ll go at it alone.”

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-Colin Burch

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