Friday, December 3, 2010

Casting Crowns - "While You Were Sleeping"

While not the worst Christmas song in the world (that honor goes to "The Christmas Shoes"), "While You Were Sleeping" by Casting Crowns has to be one of the oddest Christmas songs ever. It starts in Bethleham and ends with Judgment Day.



Oh little town of Bethlehem
Looks like another silent night
Above your deep and dreamless sleep
A giant star lights up the sky
And while you're lying in the dark
There shines an everasting light
for the King has left his throne
and is sleeping in a manger tonight

Oh Bethlehem, what you have missed while you were sleeping
For God became a man
and stepped into your world today
Oh Bethlehem, you will go down in history
As a city with no room for its King
While you were sleeping
While you were sleeping

Oh little town of Jerusalem
Looks like another silent night
The Father gave his only Son
The Way, The Truth, the Life had come
but there was no room for Him in the world he came to save

Jerusalem, what you have missed while you were sleeping
The Savior of the world is dying on your cross today
Jerusalem, you will go down in history
As a city with no room for its King
While you were sleeping
While you were sleeping

United States of America
Looks like another silent night
As we're sung to sleep by philosophies
That save the trees and kill the children
And while we're lying in the dark
There's a shout heard 'cross the eastern sky
For the Bridegroom has returned
And has carried His bride away in the night

America, what will we miss while we are sleeping
Will Jesus come again
And leave us slumbering where we lay
America will we go down in history
As a nation with no room for its King
Will we be sleeping
Will we be sleeping


While I understand what the song is getting at, it does seem odd for a Christmas song to have an anti-abortion message. You won't hear that in "Away in a Manger!"

What do you think?

(Also, can't we save both the trees and the babies? Why does it always have to be one or the other?)

2 comments:

  1. It's not about choosing one or the other....It's about current world philosophies and what they prioritize. I understand your question...I am also literal minded and get confused by many statements because of this. You can certainly save trees, but this statement is about how saving children should be infinitely more important as their value is infinitely greater...after all Jesus died on a tree, for the people, not for the tree. :)

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