“Am I foolishness to you?
And is it laughable the things I do?
Can I sing about my Maker
And have you not roll your eyes?
Can I weep about my Savior
And the way he died?
I know it don’t make sense
To those who ride the fence
But I’m sold out to Christ”
The lyrics above are part of a song called Fence Riders by Jimmy Needham. We are huge Christian music fans in our family. We love the idea of feeding our faith through music. We enjoy cranking up the music on Saturday when we are doing chores around the house. I often use upbeat music to give me a boost of energy when I really don’t feel like making dinner. Sometimes I’m just having trouble dealing with the things of life and nothing lifts my spirit like singing praises to my Lord and Savior. Listening to Christian music is just one of the ways we work on building our faith. We are so blessed as there are some very talented artists in the Christian music scene. Jimmy Needham is one of them!
As a writer, the lyrics are the most important part of a song for me. When I am singing along with my favorite artists, I am using their lyrics to praise, to pray, to gather strength from the truths within them, and to draw closer to my God. I like to contemplate what is being sung about, which often prompts me to want to write.
This time, however, let’s let the Scriptures speak for themselves.This is a difficult subject and these verses aren’t easy to read. However, God is God and we are not. We don’t have to like what His Word says; we just have to live it as best we can, knowing that His ways are good. All. The. Time. So as we listen to the lyrics of this song, meditate on the verses below, and pray about what the Lord may want to reveal to us, let us trust in His goodness. Perhaps He wants to teach us something at this time. Let us always be willing to come to Him with pure hearts. We must remain teachable and moldable.
“‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. ~Revelation 3:15-16
You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. ~James 4:4
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. ~Matthew 7:21
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. ~James 1:22
Lord, Your Word says, if we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. I pray that You would give us the strength and the boldness to do just that. Your Word also says that the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. Lord, show us how weak our flesh is. Reveal to us when we are riding that fence. Never let us be lukewarm. Mark Twain said it wasn’t the parts of the Bible that he didn’t understand that bothered him, it was the parts that he did. Lord, Your Word is pretty clear on this. Help us to read what is written, not how we want it to read, and then help us to move forward on one side of the fence or the other. Let us never be comfortable sitting on the middle!
“You’re all asleep….” (from Fence Riders by Jimmy Needham)
Let it never be said of us that we are sleeping! May we be bold, may we be blessed, and may we get off the fence!
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*All Scripture verses are taken from the English Standard Version
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What are your thoughts on this challenging subject? How do you keep from riding the fence at times? Can you, like Jimmy Needham, say that you are sold out to Christ?