New Music Tuesday- Jon Foreman

 

Maybe many of you are saying “Who?”

Jon Foreman is the frontman for the successful West Coast band Switchfoot. But this music is nothing like that. The best way I can describe it, openly intimate Derek Webb-esque. He has released 4 Eps each with about 6 songs, and seasonally titled. The lyrics are outstanding, and the musical arrangements are intriguing. If you dabble in folk at all, or if you just love a great song, please go buy these EPS.

http://www.jonforeman.com

“Summer” came out today.

There was one song in particular that I wanted to talk about. “Instead of a Show” is less than gentle in its assessment of the contemporary worship scene.

I snagged the lyrics and this video from http://snowjunkie.wordpress.com/2008/06/09/jon-foreman-instead-of-a-show/ . I’d love to hear what you think about this.

 

 

I hate all your show and pretense
The hypocrisy of your praise
The hypocrisy of your festivals
I hate all your show
Away with your noisy worship
Away with your noisy hymns
I stomp on my ears when you’re singing ‘em
I hate all your show

Instead let there be a flood of justice
An endless procession of righteous living, living
Instead let there be a flood of justice
Instead of a show

Your eyes are closed when you’re praying
You sing right along with the band
You shine up your shoes for services
There’s blood on your hands
You turned your back on the homeless
And the ones that don’t fit in your plan
Quit playing religion games
There’s blood on your hands

Instead let there be a flood of justice
An endless procession of righteous living, living
Instead let there be a flood of justice
Instead of a show
I hate all your show

Let’s argue this out
If your sins are blood red
Let’s argue this out
You’ll be one of the clouds
Let’s argue this out
Quit fooling around
Give love to the ones who can’t love at all
Give hope to the ones who got no hope at all
Stand up for the ones who can’t stand at all, all
I hate all your show
I hate all your show
I hate all your show
I hate all your show

Instead let there be a flood of justice
An endless procession of righteous living, living
Instead let there be a flood of justice
Instead of a show
I hate all your show

 

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3 Responses to New Music Tuesday- Jon Foreman

  1. Patrick T. says:

    It’s always interesting to me that a musician in the “Christian” music business can write a song that cuts into the very industry that has created his platform. That said, I think that it says some very interesting things about the way that we define “worship” in contemporary “Christian” circles.

    It’s a little disconcerting that the term “worship” has been reduced to an event or stiuation rather than a lifestyle. We enter into churhc and sing a song… “worship”. We lift our hands and cry in the car when the latest, greatest singing adds his (or her) spin on a “worship” song that has only been recorded by less than 100 other latest, great est artists… “worship”.

    When, in fact, last night I was at Quiznos before VBS and ordered the turkey “Sammie” with pepper cheese (stellar) and soup from a part-time sandwich professional… “worship?” sure! Every interaction, every moment, is a moment with God. “God with us”.

    That said, living a life of worship saves those moments in church for a celebration of our “worship” relationship with a mighty Saviour who rescued us from ourselves and brought hope to a hopeless life.

    So… I guess I kinda liked it.

    Thoughts?

  2. Jenkins says:

    I don’t think this song necessarily cuts into the industry that has created Foreman’s platform. I think it’s just a call for it to get back to what it’s intended to be. He draws the lyrics from the countless calls God made to his people to not just perform empty rituals when they worship. God wasn’t cutting into the rituals themselves; he is the one who established them. He’s simply saying that the ritual without the proper heart is nothing more than empty motions and noise.
    I totally agree that we can’t limit worship to just music or church settings, but I don’t think we can just label it as a lifestyle either. The concept of worship as a lifestyle is definitely present in Scripture (Romans 12), but it is also used in the context of corporate gatherings of believers. We gather together as a body to worship. I think it’s two sides of the same coin. We can’t bail on corporate worship and just say we’re going to worship through our lifestyle. That just degenerates into individualism. Obviously we can’t forget the lifestyle aspect either because that makes the corporate times exactly what Isaiah and Malachi cry out against, empty ritual and noise.

  3. danka says:

    This song is pretty much taken right out of Isaiah.

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