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A Romantic Affair? Jesus and His Disciples

September 21st, 2007
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An interesting article. HT: Esget.


One of the blights upon the hymnological landscape today is the
continued presence of what we can fairly call the “love song to Jesus”
genre. It’s been around as long as there has been Christian pop
music–and even earlier, depending on what you make of sentimental
gospel songs in the nineteenth century, eighteenth-century revivalist
hymns, and especially a lot of the mystical poetry-cum-lyrics of
certain medieval saints.

Today our congregation was asked to sing, “Jesus, I’m in love with
you”–a line that shows up, in one permutation or another, in several
songs that occur frequently in our worship leaders’ rotation.

Well, I didn’t sing it. It’s wrong, and I try not to sing wrong lyrics.

First, I’m not in love with
Jesus. The locution “in love with” is one I reserve for one person
only: my wife. I love my sons, I love my siblings and parents, I love
my friends, I love my country, I love my brothers and sisters in
Christ, and I love God. But I’m not “in love” with any of them. And I
daresay most of the rest of us use this phrase in exactly the same,
highly-restrictive way.

Second, it gives me the homoerotic creeps to declare that I am “in
love with” another man. And I don’t apologize for saying so. A gender
lens is interesting here, for a lot of men feel as I do (many have told
me so), while many (not all) women seem to love telling Jesus
that they are in love with him. I saw them, swaying with closed eyes
and waving hands in the air this morning, singing exactly that. Maybe,
indeed, they are in love with Jesus. But they shouldn’t be.

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  1. September 21st, 2007 at 18:58 | #1

    I sympathize.
    But then, what about the queen of Lutheran chorales: Lord, Thee I Love With All My Heart? That’s the message of the title. (A bit different from “Jesus, I’m in love with You.”) Yet digging a little deeper, we quickly find substance unmistakeably Lutheran. The hymn is an expression of solus Christus in the form of a prayer to the Man himself.
    So what about it? Do Lutherans do it too, or is this an example of how Lutherans have done it better?

  2. organshoes
    September 21st, 2007 at 22:43 | #2

    It’s not at all a hymn about our love for Jesus, but a prayer, as you say. And that is only the hymn’s first line, not its entire theme. It doesn’t continue in testimony of our love for Jesus, but prays our need, pretty much from cradle to grave.
    So, this hymn at least (Lord Thee I Love With All My Heart) is not an example of a Lutheran hymn doing anything of the kind.

  3. September 25th, 2007 at 00:38 | #3

    Jesse– as the original post says, he does “love God.” We are supposed to love God, and there’s nothing wrong with expressing that. It’s a whole different ball of wax to talk about “being in love with” someone, which is a romantic turn of phrase.

  4. September 25th, 2007 at 06:34 | #4

    But sometimes I think that they just “think” they are in love with Jesus though they sing those sort of songs.
    They can “feel” the love for Jesus. I knew how it was like, I was a Penty for many many years until I took the words of Jesus – if you love me do my commandments (but I don’t).

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