I Pray We’ll All Be Ready for His Return

Chicago Mass Choir – I Pray We’ll All Be Ready for His Return

This old world has changed by leaps in bounds. Where we once slaves we are now free…or are we? Here in the US we are free to have as many children as we desire – in some areas there is a limitation on the number of female children a family can conceive.  In other lands females are stripped of certain pleasurable organs to prevent premarital sex.  We have moved towards a world where anyone one in love can marry, both heterosexual and LBGT, yet we dispute which gender can use the lavatories.  The influx of police killings in the last few years has risen at an enormous rate; as a result, citizens have taken to killing the police and sending threats to Police Commissioner’s homes and families.  We have formed protest and marches and an organization #Blacklivesmatter a grass roots organization working for the validity of Black life. They are working to (re)build the Black liberation movement to end the violence against Black folk.  I still struggle to find meaning to the protest which are only a formal declaration of objection, if that be true then what possible change can it bring about?

We have formed strong opinions of who the Messiah is – Jesus or Alah and others, we ridicule individuals who post the “white” portrait of Jesus and double dare folks to post the Black image of Jesus – that of itself is un-Christian like in this writer’s opinion.  We badger folks daily over which version of the Bible is the “real” Word of God; yet we believe without question that there are several kinds of mints, i.e. spearmint, double-mint, peppermint and cool mint.

We find ourselves in a place in time where those who are deemed to protect and serve have lost their way, we have tolerated the outbursts and racial slurs of the Republican Nominee – Donald Trump, we still promote Thanksgiving as a perpetual moment in time when life was great between the Native Americans and strangers – yet millions of children and adults do not understand what the verse, “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” I have watched thousands of students recite this pledge before class yet prayer is unwelcome…

There will come a time when we must decide…

Joshua 24:15 (NKJV) And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve…

The song pleads for the readiness of those who have not chosen, by providing examples of what the rapture will look like in a few scenarios. For example, she talks about two men walking one has a heart pure as gold but when the sky splits the one who waited to “get right” oh how he cried to Lord but it was too late.  Hey guys have you had a talk with your friend lately to encourage him to give his life?

Then there’s the married couple, how many of us had a husband or wife who just would not surrender to the call of the Lord and chose to run the streets endlessly – image you wake up and find your spouse gone – Ohhh, what a way to lose the one you love!

The family in mall – we have or know of that “momma” who is walking with the Lord – imagine you see her hear Him call and in the twinkling of an eye she’s gone, the singer begs you to learn how to pray for yourself… you know that line momma would always say, “You’re gonna miss me when I’m gone.”  We must chose this day whom we will serve, don’t wait for a change to come, don’t think your pastor can save you, don’t think you have one more day to get it right.

Timothy said, “People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.”

I pray that we’ll all, be ready
I pray that we’ll all be
For his return
I pray that we’ll give our hearts a search
So that we won’t be playing church
I pray we’ll all be ready for His return

No man knows the day, nor the hour

You must be, you gotta be
You gotta be ready, you gotta be ready

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Take Me To Church – Another View

Hozier Take Me To Church

Hozier: ‘Take Me to Church’ Music Video Review

Dec 31, 2014

In a lot of ways, music videos are like mini movies. They can entertain you and make you laugh or hit you deep and make you think, the latter of which is usually achieved by the artists who tell a real story over the go-to live performance. Hozier’s “Take Me to Church” certainly achieves the latter.

I had heard Hozier’s hit track several times on various platforms, whether it be the radio or a live performance on some television broadcast. Neither of these is surprising for a song currently peaking at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart sandwiched between Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” and Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk.” What was surprising, however, was how the man behind the music, 24-year-old Irishman Andrew Hozier-Byrne, decided to portray the track in video form.

“Take Me to Church” first appeared on Hozier’s debut EP of the same name in 2013, but with the song’s recent rise to fame, I (and probably many others) hadn’t been pushed to discover the year-old video until now.

The lyrics of the Grammy-nominated tune are a tad deeper than the usual heavyweights of Top 40 radio, which surely lends to the equally as heavy storyline portrayed through excellent editing and cinematography.

Being in all black and white allows for the viewer to truly soak in the elements of the plot. Despite Hozier referencing an interest in a girl (“My lover’s got humor / She’s the giggle at a funeral”), the video shows how corrupt the world can be in regards to the same-sex relationship between two men.

The story begins with one of the men riding a bike while the other buries a box, which is about as descriptive as you can get in a music video using actors and offering no names. The bike rider meets with the box burier at the burial site. They soon venture off together to make out and are spotted from afar by a man in a black coat with its hood up, making only his face visible.

The story flashes back and forth between the box being buried again and the bike rider quickly packing to run to the box burier’s home. When he arrives, he finds a scene of destruction where the man in the black coat—now with a bandana concealing his face—and others like him had tossed aside material items and a family member in pursuit of the box burier before snatching him from the burial site.

Happy moments between the couple are peppered in between the intense segments to show the viewer how much they mean to each other in this story. This helps support the bike rider’s further search for the box burier who is shown elsewhere being dragged towards a large fire. The chained box is now in the possession of the mystery men who hold it in front of the box burier as to taunt him before trying to smash it open. When their attempts are unsuccessful, they toss it in the fire. They then surround the box burier and begin kicking him from all angles as the bike rider watches on from afar.

While everyone may have their own interpretation, mine is that this video is largely a metaphorical depiction of our world’s view on homosexuality. The two men harbor a secret of attraction, physically shown in the form of a box chained shut and buried underground so that no one can crack it. People find out, represented by the anonymity of the mystery men in black coats and bandana-covered faces, and they lash out.

They take the secret—the box—and taunt one of the men with it. They try to open it to see it, or understand it, and when they can’t, they destroy it, which hurts him emotionally. However, they don’t stop there, adding to the pain with kicks, which are physical metaphors for the pain they cause. The men’s relationship with each other is different and unlike anything they’ve experienced, so they toss it aside and torture the ones who harbor it, whether it be the men themselves or the ones who protect them like the family member who was pushed aside.

MsConcerned

“Take Me to Church” was re-released on Hozier in October. The track is up for Song of the Year at the 57th annual Grammy awards.

References

Hozier – Take Me To Church [Video file]. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYSVMgRr6pw

 

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