- Religion and Philosophy
Running up that Hill
Kate Bush Lyrics: "And if I only could, I"d make a deal with god, And I'd get him to swap our places, Be running up that road, Be running up that hill, Be running up that building. If I only could, oh..."
Hearing that song 'Running Up that Hill' by Kate Bush always reminds me of what the Apostle Paul said in Romans 9:3-- "For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh." I highly doubt Kate Bush intended Christian meaning behind her lyrics but the lyrics nonetheless remind me of Romans 9:3. Her song sounds like she would sacrifice for a beloved, if she only could. Like Paul who would be a willing curse for another's (his kinsmen) salvation, if he only could. As Christians we are called to intercede for, (1 Timothy 2:1 "First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people,")pray mightily for, love and sacrifice for others but no-matter how much we may pray and want another's salvation God alone casts the vote. I know as a Christian what it is like (like Paul) to carry pain in my heart for others, especially for salvation. I do all I can to do but I know its in God's hand at the end of the day: Pslam 3:8 "Salvation belongs to the LORD". We must remember though, Christ did make a deal with God "to swap our places," he ran up that hill, he ran up that building, he ran up that road (so to speak) and wrought salvation for all who would believe. We as Christians can bemoan in our heart for another "if we only could," but Christ is the one and the only one that could and did do it (bring salvation), and it's him we pray to for others alone.