Two new items concerning Christian music. First we have a hallelujah note with former popular Indie Christian singer David Bazan giving up his fundamentalism. This is an excellent video — please consider viewing it.
Next, in contrast, I was driving and heard this song by the popular Christian singer Amy Grant called, “Better than Hallelujah“. I was disgusted by the lyrics, but the DJ who played it said these lyrics have ministered to thousands of Christians. What bothered me was the refrain where she says:
We pour out our miseries
God just hears a melody
Beautiful the mess we are
The honest cries of breaking hearts
Are better than a Hallelujah.
Here we have the evil Yahweh who delights in burnt flesh of animals, sacrifice of innocent people and here, he loves to hear us screaming in misery — to him, this is better than the praise of “Hallelujah”! Wow. Sure, I get that people want someone to cry to in their lonely suffering, but the theology behind this song is sick! What do you think?
Hallelujah, btw, comes from the Latin word “Alleluia” which is a transliteration of the Hebrew word “Halleluya” which means “Praish Yah”. “Yah” is two letter from YHWH (Yahweh or Jehovah). So perhaps it is best translated “Praise His His Name”. (see the Wiki article)