Guest Blog by Jacob Rodriguez
Editor’s Note: Today’s entry is a song written by Jacob Rodriguez, who has written here in the past exegeting Deuteronomy 10. We thought the song, which references God’s special concern found throughout the Old Testament for the alien and others who are vulnerable, might help inspire other artists to include these biblical themes in their music.
‘A Kingdom Song’
They told us “no, don’t believe it. You can’t change the world
You may as well give it up now, maintain the status quo
There’s no use giving, no use dying, no use living, no use trying”
But I believe in a kingdom that doesn’t look like that
A kingdom ruled by little children with the faith to sing and laugh
Where injustice and oppression move aside and bend the knee
To a poor man, the Messiah, to the risen Christ, the King, oh I believe!
In the towers of the wealthy, of the powerful and the strong
A story’s written for the masses, “Caesar reigns, he is our song”
And the poor are oft’ forgotten, and the alien shut out
People fight to make their name great with a craving for renown
But I believe in a story that doesn’t go like that
To enter into this kingdom you must give up all you have
And hoist a cross, thick and splintered, a symbol of death to the world
And in dying we are living, in our poverty we’re rich! Oh I believe!
So when I walk through the city, and see the poor, the blind, the lame
And it seems so unlikely that things could ever change
I remember what He promised, a paradoxical exchange
This creation, though it’s fallen, will be renewed and we’ll be saved!
Oh I believe! Oh I believe! Oh I believe!
Jacob Rodriguez is a candidate for an MA in Biblical Exegesis from Wheaton College, and holds a BA in Ancient Languages from Wheaton College. He has lived in a low-income neighborhood in Chicagoland, ministering to refugees and immigrants from over twenty countries of origin.
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