Casting Crowns Gets All Preachy

I just listened to the first track off of Casting Crowns’ new album The Altar and the Door. I counted no less than three subtle and not-so-subtle jabs at people who are joining in on the social justice revival, and it almost makes me sick.

It sounds like the same band that brought us some great stuff, like Lifesong and If We are the Body (together with Stainglass Masquerade, a lesser known favorite of mine) has now decided to take up its sword in the culture wars alongside the conservative evangelicals, so it can get all preachy on some very dedicated Christians who think that cultural engagement and social justice are important elements of discipleship.

Somebody please tell me my first impression was wrong, ’cause I can’t even bear to listen to any more of the album.

When is the next Jason Morant album due out?

(Note from one day after the post: I’ve “taken back” a little of this post – see the third comment)


8 Responses to Casting Crowns Gets All Preachy

  1. Mike says:

    Jason’s last cd is “Open” and he is an Indie again. He is just back from Africia working on a film. Keep in contact and I will let you know the next thing that comes out.

    A friend of Jason

  2. curtis says:

    Is this the song you’re talking about?

    “What this world needs”
    What this world needs is not another one hit wonder with an axe to grind
    Another two bit politician peddling lies
    Another three ring circus society
    What this world needs is not another sign waving super saint that’s better than you
    Another ear pleasing candy man afraid of the truth
    Another prophet in an Armani suit
    What this world needs is a Savior who will rescue
    A Spirit who will lead
    A Father who will love them in their time of need
    A Savior who will rescue
    A Spirit who will lead
    A Father who will love
    That’s what this world needs
    What this world needs is for us to care more about the inside than the outside
    Have we become so blind that we can’t see
    God’s gotta change her heart before He changes her shirt
    What this world needs is for us to stop hiding behind our relevance
    Blending in so well that people can’t see the difference
    And it’s the difference that sets the world free
    Jesus is our Savior, that’s what this world needs
    Father’s arms around you, that’s what this world needs
    That’s what this world needs

  3. Matt says:

    Yeah. Those are the lyrics.

    The one that really got me: “what this world needs is for us to stop hiding behind our relevance/Blending in so well that people can’t see the difference”

    I think I must have been in a bad mood – the rest of the lyrics don’t seem quite as offensive to me on a second reading.

  4. Dave says:

    This is an amazing song. I couldnt stop playing it when i first heard it. I am now searching for the leadsheet and came across this site. I dont see any cheap shot – just the reality that we MUST Be Firm in doctrine but flexible in style. There is a caution to all of us that we dont work so hard at trying to fit in that people cant seee the difference because it is the difference that Jesus makes that saves people. Cant wait to use this one at Church


  5. zLifeTeen Mike says:

    I think its a great song… Does anyone have the chords for this song?

  6. Matthew says:

    I think that you were right about the part about casting crowns poking people….but i think that it is a good thing they are. i do not think they are poking anyone specific, all the lyrics are just generalities…We dont need any of the things the song brings to mind, except Jesus! thats the entire point! who can argue with that…..If you were offended by this song maybe its a good thing you were….stop and think about what the song has to say, and think about what you are angry about….sound familiar??

    To whoever posted this – really think about what your saying! its exactly what the song was written not conform to all the things we don’t need. If you want a miracle, be the miracle!

  7. beuving says:

    The biggest thing I see here is they are reminding us the importance of not judging those outside the church. I love the line: “God’s gotta change her heart before He changes her shirt” … so often we are so hard on those people that are not even Christians yet and so easy on those who are in the church. We need to make sure to show love to those that need Christ and not look down on them for where they sin… to look down on a no Christian for sinning is wrong they don’t have a reason to not sin. Lets accept them with open arms then lead them to change.
    And about the lines that bothered you I think those are good as well I feel like the church does such a job trying fit in to this world that people can’t tell the difference alot of times. We have something majorly different and we should be proud of that. Stand firm in that and Jesus will lead the world to him self lets not try to do it for him, because when we do that usually we get in the way. Lets be what he has called us to be. Different, his, loving, but standing behind what he says.

  8. RE: “The one that really got me: “what this world needs is for us to stop hiding behind our relevance/Blending in so well that people can’t see the difference”

    I don’t listen to a lot of Casting Crowns but as a Christian. Now that I have read this, those lyrics inspire and encourage me, so thanks, we will definitely consider purchasing some of this new recording.

    It is so true, Christians in North America are more indistinguishable from the “world” than ever- we are told in God’s Word, you will know them by their fruit. The C.C. lyrics hit the nail on the head…in fact, we were at a church where their slogan had the word “relevant” in it and eventually we had no choice but to leave. Based on books and teaching that were endorsed, it was heading to what appeared to by a type of blending in with everyone else, not wanting to offend anyone. Doctrinally, alarm bells were ringing off for us and we just couldn’t stay any more with a clear heart. So that lyric is a good reminder to Christian believers, that we are not at “home” in this world. We are strangers here and we are to be “in” the world but not “of” the world.

    So I am greatly refreshed and encouraged by what I have spotted on this site about Casting Crowns’ newest lyrics because quite frankly the church in general (in North America) doesn’t offer anything different that the world. Some may still focus on: “Invite Jesus into your heart, there’s your ticket to Heaven”, but then the attitude seems to be, now carry on, attend a Bible study and church every Sunday – but ultimately- don’t sweat it, just live like everyone else…be relevant and tolerant…after all, don’t want to upset or repulse anyone. (Forgetting that it is God who draws people to His Son, not our self effort) and forget the new life that begins the minute we believe and how we are to be salt and light…and how we can’t do one good thing a part from Christ…but we can, do ALL things through Christ who gives us strength.

    May God help all believers to stand firm in His strength and to be be the Light of the World. Not because of anything we do but because of Christ’s finished work on that cross!

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