world on fire

Check this out.

I’m not nominating Sarah McLachlan for sainthood or anything, but what she’s done here is admirable. Yeah, yeah…the cynic in me has all sorts of “buts” and “we’ll sees” locked and loaded as I watch this kind of thing, but the bottom line is that she made this instead of a three minute mini-movie showing some tired, soulless lust story between her and a male model. If you’d rather see that than dying kids with dark skin, dial 1.800.EverythingonMTV.

I’ll just hope Sarah’s motives are what they seem, and God bless her for trying, especially if she can become an impetus for upside down values among people who have more than they need and keep more than they should (and I am talking about the rich and famous, but I ain’t just talkin’ about the rich and famous). This video isn’t just about the money entertainers spend. It’s about the money I spend and the money you spend. It’s about what sort of answer we’ll be trying to scrape together on That Day when we’re asked what we did when we saw folks who were hungry and thirsty and homeless and naked and sick and in the joint.

World Vision
Voice of the Martyrs
Compassion International
Doctors Without Borders

Here are the lyrics for the song, World On Fire:

Hearts are worn in these dark ages
You’re not alone in this story’s pages
Night has fallen amongst the living and the dying
And I try to hold it in, yeah I try to hold it in

The world’s on fire and
It’s more than I can handle
I’ll tap into the water
(I try to pull my ship)
I try to bring more
More than I can handle
(Bring it to the table)
Bring what I am able

I watch the heavens and I find a calling
Something I can do to change this moment
Stay close to me while the sky is falling
Don’t wanna be left alone, don’t wanna be alone


Hearts break, hearts mend
Love still hurts
Visions clash, planes crash
Still there’s talk of
Saving souls, still the cold
Is closing in on us

We part the veil on our killer sun
Stray from the straight line on this short run
The more we take, the less we become
A fortune of one that means less for some

[Chorus x2]

7 thoughts on “world on fire

  1. radicalness, radicalness.
    I goosebumped then got all my peeps here at work to watch it. We could not have done better. In face, we Christians do worse every day. I will uphold anyone who longs to love.

  2. The more we take, the less we become
    A fortune of one that means less for some

    How did she sneak those lyrics by the pop song police?

  3. hey thad- if you’re not already hep to it, spend some time at it’s written by a friend of mine in kansas City (I know him from Camp Barnabas days), and boy this guy’s alright as a guy and as a writer.

  4. Good stuff, but his formatting makes me blind. Maybe it’s me, but I can’t see after reading three lines of that tiny white text on a black background. I’ll have to copy and paste it elsewhere to ever digest his writing.

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