So, I’m at work and sadly they play country music here. I’m from a suburb of New York City, so I don’t understand lyrics such as “she thinks I look sexy in my tractor.”
The long short of it is that there’s a whole subculture within country music that I didn’t grow up with. That includes women smoking cigarettes, sitting on the back of a pickup truck, and nominal Christianity.
Now, all country songs annoy me, but Love and Theft’s “Angel Eyes” is particularly blasphemous, but in a very subtle way. The song relates a story about a coquettish young woman and a man with an overactive imagination.
It’s lyrics convey a shallow and totally unfulfilling idea of what heaven is:
She likes whiskey with her water
She starts dancing when the stars come out
She ain’t your typical preacher’s daughter
She’ll leave you dreamin’ yeah there ain’t no doubt
There’s a little bit of devil in her angel eyes
She’s a little bit of heaven with a wild side
The song tries to appeal to man’s lowest base instincts. Being a “preacher’s daughter” makes the love interest a forbidden fruit, and her drinking and dancing convey a sexual availability which the songwriter finds appealing. However, that is not the blasphemous part.
The fact that she can be “a little bit of heaven” is to me a travesty. It sort of reminds me of that 80s song “Heaven is a Place on Earth.” That song relates an experience of lovemaking that is “heavenly.”
Thank God heaven isn’t a place on Earth or anything I experience here. Even the best day of our lives would be boring if we relived it for eternity. Further, the feeling of sensual or even psychological pleasure is not what heaven is all about.
I hope for an eternity of glorifying God, where my corrupt nature now that desires for the things of this world is made perfect and is remade in Christ to want to glorify God in all things. Every thought, every praise, every action–forever. Heaven that is anything less to me is hell.
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.” (Rev 21:1-5)
No more pain, perfect union with Christ, no more chaos, God among us. There will be no flame, lights, moon, or sun. God will be the only light we need, because any other light would obscure the greatness of God’s reality. As the last verse in the hymn Amazing Grace states:
When we’ve been there ten thousand years
Bright shining as the sun,
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Then when we first begun.
That’s the heaven that I tear up thinking about. This heaven is what my heart yearns for. Nothing else can compare and it sells us way short of what God has prepared for those who love Him.
For a much better song called “Angel Eyes” that has nothing to do with Christianity: