Maybe It's OK?
The lyrics of the song, “Maybe It’s OK” by We Are Messengers go like this:
If I didn't know what it hurt like to be broken
Then how would I know what it feels like to be whole
If I didn't know what it cost like to be rejected
Then I wouldn't know that Your love coming home
Maybe it's ok if I'm not ok
'Cause the One who holds the world is holding onto me
Maybe it's all right if I'm not all right
'Cause the One who holds the stars is holding my whole life
If I didn't know what it look like to be dirty
Then I wouldn't know what it feels like to be clean
And if all of my shame hadn't drove me to hide in the shadows
Then I wouldn't know the beauty of being free
Perhaps you saw my first Vlog from last week talking about some of my relationship with Christian music. In it I mentioned I’ve been listening to more Christian music lately and for the most part it has been good. Every so often there is a song that I struggle with, and this happens to be one of them.
My main issue with this song is that it seems to suggest that in order to experience the positive, we have to experience the negative. If I wasn’t broken, I wouldn’t know what it felt like to be whole. If only I could get dirty so I might know what it feels like to be clean. I can’t help but hear Paul’s words from Romans 6, “What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase?” His answer is, “Of course not!”
I’m struggling with the logic of these lyrics from this perspective, in order to feel more whole, clean, loved, free…we need to become more broken, dirty, rejected, or burdened? Should we sin so that we can experience more grace?
With all of this said, we obviously don’t need to look for ways to become more broken, dirty, ashamed, rejected, sinful because we are already all of those things but I feel as though somehow this approach sells the grace of God short. Is the grace of God not able to get better even without the need to experience the opposite?
The last thing I will say about this song is this, it is OK if you’re not OK because we’re all not OK, but allow the grace of God to keep you from staying that way.