“The Lord has given and the Lord has taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord.” Those are powerful words, words packed with meaning coming from anyone, originating from the lips of Job. But imagine those words coming from a 19 year old girl who lost her dad, two sisters and her home to a deadly tornado in Arkansas.
about Robert Steven Tittle, 48 Rob was a faithful member of the Bible Church in Little Rock along with his family. In addition to being on staff at Family Life, Rob was an advisory board member of the Home Educators of Greater Little Rock.
The first thing I want to make clear is that I love Casting Crowns. I am a big fan and I love their
thought-provoking lyrics and found most of their songs easy to love, even from
the first hearing. However, Jesus, Friend of Sinners, I think,
crosses a line that their other songs haven’t and I would like to address those
concerns here. Almost certainly, I will
be in the minority but I must challenge you that our music must be in line with
our doctrine and in the words of one great Christian intellectual, I repeat,
“Let my people think.” Before I go into the negative, let me begin with what is right with the
song and why so many already enjoy and celebrate its message. First, the title; Jesus is indeed the friend
of sinners. A cursory look at the
Gospels will demonstrate this as Jesus spent time with the outcasts of his day:
tax collectors, prostitutes, those with incurable diseases, etc. One can even point to a hymn that also extols
our Lord for this quality, entitled Jesus, Wha…