All I hear is what they’re selling me,
That God is love, He isn’t suffering,
And what you need’s a little faith and prosperity,
But, oh my God, I know there’s more than this—
If you promise pain, it can’t be meaningless,
So make me poor if that’s the price for freedom.
— Tenth Avenue North
“Don’t Stop the Madness,” The Struggle (2012)
We should take care what we sing along with in the car. I can remember very clearly one moment almost a year ago when I was driving home from work and this song by Tenth Avenue North was playing. I remember I turned a corner, almost home, singing along to this verse:
So make me poor if that’s the price for freedom–
And very quietly I heard God ask, Do you mean that?
Do you mean that? Would you be poor if it meant freedom? If it was what I wanted?
Very. You would have to rely on Me.
All of this happened quickly—so quickly—while I made that turn, and I remembered thinking that if I told God “No,” I would never be able to listen to this song again.
But deep inside I knew my answer was “Yes.”
Yes, I mean that.
Be careful what you sing along with in the car.