A spiritual whore?

I may have caught your attention with the title of this post.  It’s based on a song I’ve heard several time’s lately.  It’s Derek Webb‘s song, Wedding Dress.  Here are the lyrics:

If you could love me as a wife
and for my wedding gift, your life
Should that be all I’d ever need
or is there more I’m looking for

and should I read between the lines
and look for blessings in disguise
To make me handsome, rich, and wise
Is that really what you want

I am a whore I do confess
But I put you on just like a wedding dress
and I run down the aisle
and I run down the aisle
I’m a prodigal with no way home
but I put you on just like a ring of gold
and I run down the aisle to you

So could you love this bastard child
Though I don’t trust you to provide
With one hand in a pot of gold
and with the other in your side

I am so easily satisfied
by the call of lovers so less wild
That I would take a little cash
Over your very flesh and blood

Because money cannot buy
a husband’s jealous eye
When you have knowingly deceived his wife

I was caught off-guard the first time I heard this song as most “Christian” songs aren’t this blunt.  Yet it’s a great description of how our lives are often lived.  Far too often we seek satisfaction in things other than in Christ.  Like Israel, we become lovers of things other than God Himself.   C.S. Lewis stated it best:

Indeed, if we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that Our Lord finds our desires, not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.

We have access to the deepest riches and pleasures in God’s presence (Ps 16:11) and yet we often settle for that which is worthless.  Thankfully, God’s grace exceeds our greatest sin and He loves us for reasons I do not understand.   He  pursues us and continues to be faithful even when we’re not.  The greatest demonstration of His love is that He came into the slums to pull us out of the mud.  May we recognize the depth and richness of His grace and His love.  And may He be praised.

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