Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Viva la Vida, or Death and All His Friends

over the weekend steph and i purchased the new coldplay album "Viva la Vida, or Death and All His Friends" on itunes over the weekend! we both like it! we had downloaded the title track a couple of weeks ago, but we not sure of whether to get it or not. personally, i'm glad we did.

i think that this album is a very political statement. in an interesting interview with rolling stone chris martin (the lead singer) had a very candid conversation with brian hiatt (not the asbury seminary student). one of my favorite comments is in response to questions about a line from the song 'Death or All His Friends': "I don't want a cycle of recycled revenge." when brian comments that this line describes the state of the world, martin says, 
"And it's f______ true, man. you can see it everywhere. It's like, when are we going to learn? We're never going to learn, that's the answer. It's an ultimate bummer and the last humans on Earth will really kick themselves."
what if there was a group of people in the world who really believed that revenge is wrong. what if there was a group of people in the world who really believed that we should love our neighbor, and forgive those who do wrongs against us. what if these people actually lived this, and believed that their God had actually first done this. what would chris martin have to say to them?

sadly, the message of the church is that Jesus has broken the cycle of revenge, but we've allowed our message to move away from that. sadly, christians are often the leading proponents of revenge in this country. so maybe chris has a point...

5 comments:

Jeanine said...

"You can safely assume that you've created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do." Anne Lamott

...seemed to fit...

Good post.

dan said...

Jeanine,
thanks for your comment, it is now one of my favorite quotes ever! soon to be on my facebook wall!

M. Brooks said...

I love the new Coldplay album, even though Chad makes fun of me for it.

dan said...

yeah, i played the first song, the one with the dulsamer and he was like hey that's kinda cool!

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