BUT - WHAT IF YOU'RE WRONG?
By Lydia Goodman
March 31, 2015
Prince, (the singer-songwriter), recently made headlines when he recorded a cover of Nicole Nordeman’s song, “What If”, after listening to it on Christian radio. Although it was originally recorded in 2005, I heard it for the first time just a couple of months ago. I was so touched by the lyrics that I listened with tears literally streaming down my face. The song is such a simple but eloquent response to those who have disavowed the work that Christ suffered on the Cross to save humanity. I cannot imagine enduring the travails of this mortal life we all must face if I believed that there was no hope and no future. A life without true peace, a life without true joy, and a life of hopelessness that there is nothing more than the here and now is completely unfathomable to me.
if you're right?
And he was just another nice guy
What if you're right?
What if it's true?
They say the cross will only make a fool of you
And what if it's true?
What if he takes his place in history
With all the prophets and the kings
Who taught us love and came in peace
But then the story ends
I read articles, blogs on websites, and quotes from atheists who are undeniably filled with anger and bitterness. Engulfed in pain, whether they want to admit it or not, they have chosen to strike out vehemently against all that is holy in a simple quest to justify their own set of beliefs; ironically, accomplished only by the denigration of the beliefs of others. The angst felt by many at the name of Jesus has so clouded their perceptions of what it means to be a Christian that they futilely search for ways to denounce His name-if only to fill the emptiness and darkness that characterizes their souls. They have cloaked themselves in an air of intellectual superiority to explain through their own reason and logic why there must be no God. If only they would ask themselves...
if there's more?
What if there's hope you never dreamed of hoping for?
What if you jump?
And just close your eyes?
What if the arms that catch you, catch you by surprise?
What if He's more than enough?
As we approach Easter, how many will scoff at those of us who believe that Jesus was crucified and resurrected to save us from our sins? How many will sneer at “weak-minded” believers who cling to their “old-fashioned” faith in the love of their Savior? We know that you can’t truly know someone unless you’ve met them. I’ve met Jesus. If you haven’t, how can you discount and disavow the love He freely gives each one if you’ve never experienced it? Could you be wrong?
if it's love?
What if you dig
Way down deeper than your simple-minded friends
What if you dig?
What if you find
A thousand more unanswered questions down inside
That's all you find?
What if you pick apart the logic
And begin to poke the holes
What if the crown of thorns is no more
Than folklore that must be told and retold?
You've been running as fast as you can
You've been looking for a place you can land for so long
But what if you’re wrong?
What if you knew to the core of your being that there was a love greater than you could imagine just waiting to envelope you? What if you knew, without a shadow of a doubt, that there was a loving acceptance and a true identity rooted, not in darkness, but in a Holy light that comes from knowing to the depths of your being that you are a beloved child of God? What if you could accept that He created you and that He has a plan for you much greater than you could ever imagine? Could you admit that you crave a peace and an unspeakable joy that nothing in this world is capable of giving you-no matter how hard you’ve tried to fill the void in your life?
If you could accept these truths, this Easter would not be just another day or a day only to be sneered at in derision or a day seen as a money-making commercial enterprise. Easter would become a true celebration of the life-changing realization that the only path to true contentment and peace is through His precious shed Blood that can and will wash away all your doubts, insecurities, fears, and yes, your sins-if only you would ask.
Click on the link below to watch a video of What if Your Wrong? sung by Nicole Nordeman.
© 2015 Lydia Goodman - All Rights Reserve
As a writer and commentator, Lydia Goodman is passionate about speaking out against progressive policies that threaten to erode our personal rights, freedoms, and traditions. Lydia has also written numerous articles on world human rights issues, in an effort to focus attention on the atrocities perpetuated against people of faith.