I had an epiphany today…. I was goofin’ off on my guitar playing Colbie Caillat and loving her lyrics… and suddenly I realized something. I think, in all sincerity, that if Calvin were alive today he would write mellow surfer guitar music like Colbie Caillat– or at least he would like it alot.
And this is how I got here– I was thinking about Calvin, and how in Book 1 of the Institutes he goes into detail about how beautiful this world is, and how God’s imprint is everywhere, from the mountains to our very own toenails, and how the problem is that we are so dull that we don’t even see it. And how we mistake things of our own invention (what Barth calls images of ourselves) for God, and end up not only missing God but worshipping idols in God’s place and often in God’s name.
And then I was playing Colbie’s “Realize”, which if you have heard the song, the voice of the song is someone who believes that if the audience could only realize what they realized then everything would be perfect, and I found myself thinking not of a romantic love interest (sorry alex!) but rather of Calvin and his writings on knowledge of God and self. And then I started tinkering with the lyrics, and found that it took little to no effort to make a song about a love interest into a song that pretty closely mirrors the spirit (if not the letter) of Calvin’s theology on the beauty of God which surrounds us.
SO anyways…thats my thought for the day. I am debating whether to work this into a sermon… but we shall see. it might be too much for my very New England Presbyterian church… but then again, perhaps I should give them more credit.
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This is something that only a seminarian would do 🙂
I’m not sure whether I should take that as a compliment or not… 🙂
what I really wonder though is whether calvin would agree….. don’t you?
Sarah–preach it. You always should give the congregation more credit, even if they don’t deserve it. I bet more than a few of them have an inner surfer.
Good post. I’m always looking for positive things to say about Calvin!