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May 25, 2009 / beidson

Confess Mode: Words Are Very Necessary

I’m not going to lie–I can get down on Depeche Mode in my truck, cruisin’ to some “Enjoy the Silence”.  But even though Idepeche modeimagine myself singing and dancing in front of thousands of insane fans, I often consider how wrong the lyrics really are.  “Words are very unnecessary, they can only do harm.”  That’s completely not true, even if it sounds cool and rhymes.

The truth is that words are very necessary.  There may be times to “enjoy the silence” but most importantly we must be a speaking people.  We are, after all, creatures of words, that is, we were made by words.  And the God who spoke into the darkness to bring about all that is before our eyes and beyond has also spoken into our lives to call us out of our depravity.  He speaks even still in his Word and will come again like a thunder in the skies, judging nations with his mouth and naming us with the tongue he used perfectly when he walked among us.  He raised Lazarus with a loud shout and for those of us who hope in him, we can expect to hear him welcome us into his kingdom.

Depeche Mode is wrong about silence.  We need to speak.  We are confessors by nature: our old selves crying out to the snake-god for bread to eat, our new selves crying “Abba Father” for a living bread that never leaves us hungry.  James tells us that the healing we long for comes when we confess our sins to one another and pray for one another.  We need words, and we need for God to speak to us.

The first verse, however, is awfully prophetic, though perhaps even unwittingly so:

Words like violence
Break the silence
Come crashing in
Into my little world
Painful to me
Pierce right through me
Cant you understand  (My little girl)

There is a piercing word for us, and it does do great violence to the natural man.  But this is nothing to escape; rather, it is precisely this Word which will save us from destruction, though it must destroy us first.  If we confess with our mouths that Jesus is Lord, we will be saved.  You see, words are very necessary.

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