Coldplay’s new album is out. And there is a surprisingly common sound for those who believe in the Good News.
“Amazing Grace” is probably the most beloved hymn of the last two centuries. The soaring spiritual describing profound redemption is estimated to be performed 10 million times annually and has appeared on over 11,000 albums.
This time it is President Barack Obama singing it himself.
The song “Kaleidoscope”, uses a snippet of Obama singing “Amazing Grace” at the funeral of Reverend Clementa Pinckney, one of the nine victims of the June 2015 shooting in Charleston, South Carolina.
Band leader Chris Martin’s explained to The Sun, “We have a tiny clip of the President singing ‘Amazing Grace’ at that church. Because of the historical significance of what he did and also that song being about, ‘I’m lost but now I’m found.’“
As Alexis Rhiannon wrote, “It’s an inspirational message on its own, but is made even more so in connection with the other words that Obama shared during the eulogy for Pinckney, in which he touched on gun violence, racial tension, and the meaning of faith in today’s terrifying world.”
Martin, who was raised Episcopalian (his parents attend an Evangelical Christian church to this day) has said before, “I definitely believe in God. How can you look at anything and not be overwhelmed by the miraculousness of it?”
I believe the God of the Bible is interested in being the God of the people. And Jesus proved that by not setting a new religious standard but actually signing for us, a new contract of relationship. It is very clear that Jesus came for the lost. That was His mission. (Maybe we should join Him, because that includes us.)
God will use anything (and anyone) to demonstrate to the world, that he is a God of mercy, waiting for us on His throne of extravagant grace.
And even if you don’t agree with President Barak Obama on everything, I bet we can all agree with him on this:
“If we can find that grace, anything is possible. If we can tap that grace, everything can change.”
I’m praying for the amazing love of God to continually reach Chris and Barak and everyone who listens to the track.
Yes, Obama Sings Amazing Grace in the new Coldplay Album. But more than that, you can hear it in your heart (everyday) as you choose forgiveness, kindness and love.
Get the new album here / A Head Full Of Dreams
“God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” John 3:17
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