Thursday, 26 July 2012

Talking to Satan

I talk to God as much as I talk to Satan 'cause I want to hear both sides
Does that make me cynical
There are no miracles
And this is no miraculous life

Taken superficially I imagine a lot of Christians would be very uncomfortable with this song. I however have always kind of liked it. I could never really lock down why I liked it but I think I'm starting to see why...

When the see-saw snaps and splinters your hand don't come crying to me
I'll only see your good side
And believe it's a miracle
A miracle

While listening to the song the other day I asked myself "how do I frame the idea of talking to Satan within my world view? The answer is as a metaphor for those times in our life when we 'walk the line'. I find my example for this in Matthew 4.

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted[a] by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:

“‘He will command his angels concerning you,
and they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”

Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”

Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”

Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’"

Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.

Although I have no idea what the composers had in mind when they wrote this song this is how it sits with me. As a song about particular times in our lives when we all find ourself Talking to Satan, hearing both sides and waiting for the see-saw to snap. As a Christianish person Jesus in this verse is my example for success. Should I fail he is my hope to be told, just like in the song, "I'll only see your good side. And believe it's a miracle"

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