Sunday, 4 February 2007

song: Finch - "Brother Bleed Brother"

Finch are an extremely creative screamo band. they were my favourite band for sometime early last year. unfortunately, they split up around that time.

i first got into finch in summer 2005 when i heard the song "brother bleed brother" on the free compilation CD that came on an issue of Kerrang! magazine. the song was so good that i went and got the album it's taken from "say hello to sunshine". the album did not disappoint in the slightest!

what i wanted to to talk about was how much the song moved me. i wasn't a christian at the time, and i don't know if any of the members of finch are/were, but the song portrays the gospel in such an emotional way! i really felt like crying the first time i heard the lyrics "and i'd die... for you/ and i'd die". i find it hard to describe how it felt hearing that. it's like a good friend coming to you and telling you that they love you so much that they would die for you. this is essentially what christians are meant to feel from John 3:16. it made me wish i had someone who felt like that about me and made me want to have a friend that i love that much as well.

i also like the opening of the first verse that goes: "hate sin, not the sinner/ a mote of ugliness thrown into the fire". this reminds me of the account of jesus saving the life of the woman who had committed for adultery. the crowd wanted to stone her, as was custom, but jesus challenged them asking the person who hadn't sinned to "cast the first stone". God loves everyone regardless of their sins. it's the sins themselves that He doesn't like.

Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him and he sat down and taught them. The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst they said to him, "Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. Now, in the Law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?" This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, "Let him who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her." And once more he bent down and wrote on the ground. But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. Jesus stood up and said to her, "Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?" She said, "No one, Lord." And Jesus said, "Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on, sin no more."

- John 8:2-11 [ESV]

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