God's Odd People
To The Tune, 'Short People', By Newman, Randy
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God's Odd People
God People Are God Pleasin
Odd People, Preach All Season
(2 Tim. 4:2-4)
God's People Have 'No Reason'
They Carry Little Bible Books
Have Little Minds
Bout Message Not Good Looks
(1 Cor. 2:4-8)
Expose The Big Lies
(2 Cor. 11:1-15)
You Won't Forget Them
Cause They're Really Quite Weird
(Deut. 14:2; Ps. 135:4; Titus 2:14; 1 Peter 2:9)
And Their Songs So Odd
(1 Cor. 1:18-26;2:11-14)
They're Not From Down Here.
(2 Cor. 5:16-19; John 3:3-6; Eph. 1:3)
'Don't Want' Those God People
I Want Facade People
(2 Tim. 3:5)
'Don't Want' God's Odd People
Most 'People Buy Big Lies'
When Sold By Me.
With Wool Over Eyes
We Are Family
'Until the day they die'
And Then They're All Mine
But God People, 'Got Nobody'
(Matt. 10:24-28; 1 Pete 3:13-16;4:12-19)
God's People, Are Christ's Body.'
Odd People, 'Got Nobody'
They Got Little Baby Faith
Most Think, They Know
(1 Jn. 5:13)
'You Got To, Trick ''Em Up'
Just To Get Them To Go
Making Joyful Noise
Preach Jesus For Free
(2 Cor. 5-9,11-15)
They Hear The Still Small Voice
Goin Deep, Deep, Deep
Most 'Christians' Don't Even Like Them
They Sing Odd Christian Rhymes
'Gonna' Piss Me Off, Every Time.'
'Don't Want' Those God People
I'll Take Good Church People
'Don't Want' God's Odd People
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"But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, A PECULIAR PEOPLE; that ye should shew
forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: 10 Which in time past were not a people,
but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy , but now have obtained mercy." (1 Peter 2)
The Loneliness of the Christian
By A.W. Tozer
"It is this very loneliness that throws him back upon God. His inability to find human companionship
drives him to seek in God what he can find nowhere else.
The loneliness of the Christian results from his walk with God in an ungodly world, a walk that must
often take him away from the fellowship of good Christians as well as from that of the unregenerate world. His God-given instincts
cry out for companionship with others of his kind, others who can understand his longings, his aspirations, his absorption
in the love of Christ; and because within his circle of friends there are so few who share his inner experiences he is forced
to walk alone. The unsatisfied longings of the prophets for human understanding caused them to cry out in their complaint,
and even our Lord Himself suffered in the same way.
The man [or woman] who has passed on into the divine Presence in actual inner experience will not
find many who understand him. He finds few who care to talk about that which is the supreme object of his interest, so he
is often silent and preoccupied in the midst of noisy religious shoptalk. For this he earns the reputation of being dull and
over-serious, so he is avoided and the gulf between him and society widens. He searches for friends upon whose garments he
can detect the smell of myrrh and aloes and cassia out of the ivory palaces, and finding few or none he, like Mary of old,
keeps these things in his heart.
It is this very loneliness that throws him back upon God. His inability to find human companionship
drives him to seek in God what he can find nowhere else."
"And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives
unto the death." (Revelation 12:11)
Five Reasons Not To See The Passion Of The Christ:
"It is indeed true that we live in a highly visual and increasingly anti-literate society
that places a premium on sound bites and easily assimilated visual imagery, but does this mean that we should abandon preaching
in favor of using movies or dramatic presentations? We need to remember that the last time dramatic presentations replaced
preaching as the main vehicle by which the truth of the Bible was communicated was during the middle-ages when the church
refused to allow the translation of the Bible into common languages and when in place of the preaching and teaching of God's
word, the common people were given visual presentations such as Passion Plays, statues, relics, and icons. These things
were designed, like most visual imagery, to play upon the emotions and stimulate a response; but the ability to evoke an emotional
response via imagery or drama is not the same as successfully transmitting the Gospel. The means that God has ordained for
the transmission of the Gospel, was neither drama, imagery, nor even "lectures" - it is preaching. Preaching involves
the communication of the Gospel in a way that patiently convinces, rebukes, exhorts, and teaches (2 Timothy 4:2-4). The bible
teaches us the awesome importance of preaching and why it cannot be replaced by another medium:
We must preach God's Word regardless of how unpopular it is because we are commanded to do so: "Preach
the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time
will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they
will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables." (2
5) Its Main Character: Billy Graham in his endorsement of The Passion
of the Christ said, "Every time I preach or speak about the Cross, the things I saw on the screen will be on my heart
and mind."13 This is unfortunately part of the problem with all visual representations of Jesus. Although we may intend
for them only to have a role in teaching, they inevitably become part of our worship and adoration. As a result of seeing
this film James Caviezel, the "Jesus" of The Passion of the Christ, will become the figure countless thousands
if not millions of people think of when they worship Jesus Christ. To do this is to fall into the trap of changing "the glory
of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man" (Romans 1:23) and to violate the Second Commandment.
The first reason why all visual representations of Jesus are lies is because the only wise God went to great
lengths not to leave us with any description of the physical appearance of His Son lest we fall into the sin of image making.
Therefore all of our representations of Jesus are inevitably speculations usually based upon our own desires. We create an
image of Jesus that says more about the Jesus we want than the Jesus whom God sent.
For instance, isn't it remarkable that the Jesus of The Passion of the Christ, as in almost
all physical representations of Christ, is tall, slim, and handsome? Why should not The Son of David (Luke 18:38) have been
a relatively small man like His great ancestor? It never seems to have occurred to most image-makers that Jesus could
be relatively short, or stout, or even have had a receding hairline. This is in spite of the fact that one of the few details
the Bible does give us about Christ's appearance is that "He has no form or comeliness; And when we see Him, There is no beauty
that we should desire Him." (Is. 53:2b) The fact that we have any concept of what Jesus looks like and that Gibson's Jesus
looks like the traditional Jesus, is a testament to the abiding impact of past iconography. While the Gospels, purposely leave
out any description of Jesus that we might use to construct an idol, people have created an image of Jesus that has become
almost an industry standard, and it is solely for that reason rather than any basis in fact that audiences would have been
outraged had Gibson cast Danny DeVito and not James Caviezel in the leading role.
The Second reason why all visual representations of Jesus are lies is that they can never hope to represent
the glory of Christ in His true nature. The best an image of Jesus can do is to represent him as a man, and while Jesus was
truly a man, He was not merely a man. Jesus was also God, and no artist or filmmaker who has ever lived could hope
to create an image that captures the true Glory of Jesus as God. While this may not appear to be a problem to us, the separation
of Christ's manhood from His deity is actually a grave heresy called Nestorianism. We must not therefore attempt to separate
what God has forever joined together.
For the first four centuries of its existence the church did not use pictures of Jesus as an aid to evangelism.
This was despite the fact that they were bringing the gospel to highly visual cultures that had always used imagery to convey
religious ideas. The initial movements towards making pictures of Christ were initially strongly opposed, and the practice
was formally condemned by the church as late as 753 AD. Unfortunately, once they had taken hold of the public imagination,
the practice of making visible representations of Christ proved difficult if not impossible to eradicate and gradually, pictures
and dramatic representations of Jesus became quite commonplace in the church. At the time of the Reformation, Protestants
overwhelmingly rejected the practice of making images of Jesus as a clear violation of the Second Commandment. They also rejected
the notion that such images had a necessary role as "textbooks for the laity" and then proved that notion false by producing
generations of other Protestants well versed in the word and familiar with their Savior although they had never once owned
or seen a representation of him.
Rather than visual imagery, they relied on the preaching of the Word to save souls, and the gospel made
great advances. If we return to the use of imagery and begin endorsing movies like The Passion of the Christ, we will
be returning to the very state of affairs the first Protestants struggled and died to reform. We must not think that merely
endorsing one form of visible representation of Christ will not lead inevitably to others. For instance, it is impossible
to make a coherent argument against the use of the crucifix in teaching the Gospel if we have already endorsed the use of
a movie that portrays the crucifixion. Merely because one display is static and the other moving does not change their essential
nature at all. The Passion of the Christ is in essence, an animated Crucifix."