Jun 7, 2014

I was born sick

The title track from Hozier's 2013 EP, "Take Me to Church":

Every Sunday's getting more bleak.
A fresh poison each week.
'We were born sick,' you heard them say it.
My church offers no absolution.
She tells me 'worship in the bedroom.'
The only heaven I'll be sent to
Is when I'm alone with you.
I was born sick, but I love it.
Command me to be well.
Amen. Amen. Amen.
Speaking to Mother Jones during his American tour this spring, Andrew Hozier Byrne said that for him, "It was always about sexuality." Anything that condemns sexuality, for Hozier, condemns humanity.

In the song, human desire is condemned by the Church and an alternative church, offering no transcendence but no judgement either, embraces it.

The music video further connects this to the battle over gay rights, portraying a homophobic mob on a rampage.

The combination of a critique of Christianity and a celebration of sex has proved irresistible to conservative Christian critics of contemporary culture.

Aimee Byrd at reformation 21:
The song is pretty disturbing, and yet it is an enlightening and honest picture of the state of our culture. In one quick listen, it's pretty clear that 'church; is neither Christ's bride, nor the meeting place of his people for worship. No, church is the self-destructive worship of a person. Church in this song is in the bedroom, and as it turns out, church is more specifically an act of homosexual love. No, it's not a really a song that a good Christian girl like me should be singing along to . . . The one thing that I respect about this song is its honest depiction of the state of our culture. Love is god.
As I listened to his raw, melodic vocals dancing over their ethereal accompaniment, I was reminded of another passionate description of the one who claimed to speak on behalf of heaven himself . . .  'I have come down from heaven to do the will of him who sent me,' announced Jesus to the crowds on the shore of the Sea of Galilee before identifying himself as the Son of God who held the power to raise the dead and grant eternal life to those who believed him (John 6v38-40).
Patrick Schreiner at Christ & Pop Culture:
Although you say the greatest celebration of life comes in being who you naturally are, a fuller celebration is offered through following the one who was raised to life. Gawking at the inside of a coffin is the end result for all those who follow humanity in its natural form. But there is one whom death itself could not keep locked away. As the old hymn says, 'Death in vain forbids him rise, but Christ has opened paradise.' The risen Christ is humanity in its most glorious form. Sexuality was created in all its dignity by the one who vacated the tomb. Sexuality does point to our humanness, but the creator has specified the kind of sexuality that sets in motion human flourishing.