Jem -- "They"

Who made up all the rules?
We follow them like fools
Believe them to be true
Don't care to think them through

Because we humans have a limited perspective we can't help taking a lot of things for granted. In particular, we can't help but buy into a lot of self-destructive lies. We will continue to live within the confines of these lies until someone liberates us from them.

We do a lot more than just agree with some things that are not true... our entire lives are shaped by various falsehoods. Indeed, God built us in such a way that, when we believe something, it shapes our entire lives, mind, body and soul.

But there is one particular Way to learn and live better, that is, to know Jesus Christ. Jesus walks alongside us, un-teaching and then re-teaching us so we might think with a heavenly perspective.

Christ visited planet Earth to teach people how to live freely. He came to bring eternally deep healing, liberation through death to self and unimaginable fullness of life.

It makes sense that God, being omniscient, has a better perspective on all the issues we fail to acknowledge. We should trust His judgment.

Truly, there is no substitute for the enlightening, freeing, strengthening, encouraging presence of God's Spirit.


The message that Jem is trying to convey through the song "They" is, " Ignorance oppresses us and our children." The fallacy here is that education does not equal freed living or any kind of productive wisdom. Head knowledge in itself is severely limited; intelligence is not a virtue. Whereas virtues such as generosity, grace, honesty, and selflessness are holding the world together, intelligence is a mere tool that can be utilized for either good or evil purposes.

1 comment:

mikeo75 said...

Interesting take on the lyrics...makes sense to me.

On another note, we bought this CD awhile ago, when it first came out, and I absolutely loved it :)