“I keep asking
What’s your lie?
It is disturbing
This isn’t mine
Days keep passing
One notch at a time
I don’t feel right
Please God let me sleep tonight” — “Helmet in the Bush”, written by KoRn.
God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. — 1 Corinthians 1:28-29, NIV.
God is at work in the hearts of all people. This includes people who “claim” that they are in the “dark side”. These people commit themselves to acts of rebellion that are outrightly against the teaching of the church. Their cries for righteousness manifested itself in a form of rebellion that is easily recognisable. They sought activities that the “holy” greatly “detest”. They hang out late at night. They scream in metal. They indulge in alcohol and in poison. They commit their bodies to physical indulgences. Outwardly, their rebellion may cause them to appear counter-cultural. But inwardly, they’re crying for unity and change.
They were hurt.
The cries of these people generally manifest itself through the art that they create. Through these art pieces, they cry out for our attention. They voice their displease with the church and the disparities they see between the faith and the lives of believers.
“Somewhere along the line, you must have missed the point,
This is not about you.
You twist the words of The Gospel to glorify yourself,
But this is not about you!” — “Pharisees”, written by Memphis May Fire.
No, they did not leave God on their own accord. They were driven away by the community of sinners like us. They were led away like sheep to the slaughter because of a misplaced focus in worship. They were lost because we did not worship God for who God truly is.
“Pray for me ’cause I have lost my faith in holy wars
Is paradise denied to me ’cause I can’t take no more?
Has darkness taken over me, consumed my mortal soul?
All my virtues sacrificed, can Heaven be so cruel?” — “The Truth Beneath the Rose”, written by Within Temptation
They retreat into the unknown. They are lost. They need to be found. They want to come home. Will walk into their midst and lead them home?