As a Christian, you can normally find me happily jamming out to Klove, a national Christian radio station with a recent local affiliation in New York. Needless to say, the music you hear when flipping through the stations is not always the most polite or stimulating. As I was listening to a song via YouTube while working today, I noticed a suggested music video on the side bar. What prompted me to do so lead me to a very intriguing music video by a band called Sterophonics called “In a Moment.”
At first, the music video – directed by Welsh singer , song writer Kelly Jones and released only a few days ago – did not strike me as any different from the normal, grungy rock music I’ve heard. But upon hitting replay a couple more times and watching the video in its entirety, I found a very interesting pattern which makes me wonder if this is has a subtle Christian influence to it.
Some musical artists don’t intend to have their music come off as particularly religious, perhaps rather just taking an underlying interest in the culture that doesn’t necessarily reflect their personal beliefs. Still, that doesn’t stop the finalized product from influencing the masses. (Take Lady Gaga’s controversial “Born This Way,” which begins by saying “It doesn’t matter if you love him or capital H-I-M.”)
Needless to say, “In a Moment” was much more of a laid-low, truly touching song and video which I think speaks to our raw existentialism. Some of the song’s lyrics include rather bleak lines such as “Don’t know where you’re going – used to be a star – and everywhere you turn – they’re raining on your fire.”
Who are they, though? The song continues: “You’re searching for an answer – your hands and tongue are tied.”
The most obvious or telling line is repeated quite a few times throughout, alternating between “You’re praying to your Lord, searching for your soul,” to “You’re praying to your God, thanking for your love.”
Coupled with an especially interesting music video, this song seems to speak volumes to the very basics of Christianity. In short, a man (the lead singer) stumbles upon what appears to be a homeless man who he gives some money, a bottle of wine and a piece of bread to. As the man walks away, plagued by the afterthoughts of haunting memories, the homeless man (upon eating the bread) gets up and follows him.
They end up walking along a beach, where the homeless man proceeds to watch the man bury himself neck deep in the sand right along the shore. Before leaving him, he leaves the bread and wine on the sand, where the waves eventually begin to consume the buried man. The video then ends with the man pulling himself out just in time, where the first thing he grabs is the bread and the wine, which as he consumes, the ending of the song plays, “Time is on your side – time will heal your mind – then you’ll learn to fly.”
Does the bread and wine ring a very distinct bell? John 6:35 says, “Then Jesus declared, ‘I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”
Upon pulling himself out of the consuming waves (which had he not, he would have drowned) he reaches for the wine, takes a bite out of the bread, tilts his head back and lifts his arms up to the sky in celebration – or what could otherwise be glorification.
The relationship between the two men is also worth noting. Upon eating the bread, the man gets up and follows him, very similar to the way which Jesus calls upon his disciples and followers to follow him.
Take one of the many examples as expressed in Luke 5:27, where He meets Levi the tax collector: “After this, Jesus went out and saw a tax collector by the name of Levi sitting at his tax booth. ‘Follow me,’ Jesus said to him, and Levi got up, left everything and followed him.”
The homeless man’s act of following can be seen as a recreation of Jesus’ life or the fact that we all should see each other through the eyes of Jesus, as Jesus says whoever knows and loves him (the bread of life) knows God: “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God,” John 1:47.
See below the music video for yourself and let me know what you think.