JesusFreakHideout.com posted a great concert review of the May 22, 2010 Jars of Clay show in Hampstead, Maryland. Click here to read the review.
Forgive me, I'm new at this. I must be the only 28 yr old in America that doesn't enjoy technology. But I guess I just felt like commenting on something today. Freedom of speech is not as cheap as it has been made to be.
Jars of Clay has always reached me when no other form of Christainity could. If I fall away, sometimes I need to hear something powerful to get a grip on me and turn me around. More than once, this group has done this.
After reading all the attacks on Christians this morning in the news, I guess I just needed to go somewhere that there might be a glimmer of hope that true followers of Christ still exist. I truly hope you guys are as deep as your lyrics. I hope that the music you write comes from the truth you believe in. Please be real.
"For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks." Matthew 12:34b
I came to this website today because I'm going to a Jars concert tonight. I saw the above post and to say I had emotive response would be an understatement. I felt two things, two strong things at the same time. I felt some sort of need to say, "Yes!" A resounding, "Yes!" There are Christians out there. There are people who believe the Good News and believe in the words of Jesus.
"By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." John 13:35
"I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." John 10:10b
The second thing that I felt (and the reason I made this post) was a need to echo your sentiment. Please Dan, Charlie, Matt, & Stephen... please be real.
"...and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?" Micah 6:8
So in agreement with the post above... be real. Love your wives, make peace, speak the truth, and nourish us with these songs.
Many times your lyrics have been a blessing to me.
"One hundred other lovers, more, one hundred other altarsIf I should slow my pace and finally subject me to graceAnd love that shames the wise, betrays the heart's deceit and liesAnd breaks the back of foolish pride"
I was fortunate to grow up listening to Jars since their formation, and over the years their music has spoken to me more deeply than I can express. I fell away from the church a few years ago, but recently had an event occur that has brought me crawling back, asking God - how could you still love me after trying to do it all on my own?
I hadn't purchased the newest record, but since I have I feel as if it was written for me. You have no idea how much that means to me.
Thank you for your music, art, poetry, charity, and showing your love for Jesus in a real way.
It is so cool to see other people respond. It is good to see that other people are reached through this same group. It felt self-absorbed to expect that my feelings and comments meant anything. Thanks for the encouraging verses, too. Guess the "Good Book" really does have all the answers.
Have fun at the concert. Wish they came closer to the little smalltown-nowhere in the TX panhandle I live in.
Jars of Clay- be real! Cause ya' rock.
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