I LOVE this song. I love it in the way that I love the sun on a winter day or I love the smell of the ocean. I picked this version because I particularly love Jesus Culture in the same way. And the thing I love best about this song is the sloppy-wet-kiss line ("Heaven meets Earth like a sloppy wet kiss...).
Unfortunately some Christians (and others) have found this line to be offensive. Seriously, people? Are we in preschool? How can we not understand the messy interface between our weak human selves and the creator of the universe? Of course it's sloppy. It's about the craziest thing I can imagine. All my sin, all my junk, laid out before the ONE who made me. The ONE who knows me best.
The guy who wrote the song, John Mark, wrote this on his blog:
The idea behind the lyric is that the kingdom of heaven and the kingdom of earth converge in a way that is both beautiful and awkwardly messy. Think about the birth of a child, or even the death of Jesus himself. These miracles are both incredibly beautiful and incredibly sloppy ("gory" may be more realistic, but “Heaven meets earth like a gory mess” didn’t seem to have the same ring). Why does the church have such a problem with things being sloppy? Do we really think we’re fooling anyone on Sunday morning, especially God? Are we going to offend him? I mean, he’s seen us naked in the shower all week and knows our worst thoughts, and still thinks we’re awesome.What if we took all the energy we spent faking and used that energy to enjoy the Lord instead? That could be revolutionary!
I hope you can be encouraged by the idea, today, that God LOVES YOU. Not in spite of the sloppiness of your life, but, in a way, because of it. Because He already knows you. He loved you before you ever knew Him.
Oh, How He Loves Us...