Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Killing In The Name Of

So the campaign to get Rage Against The Machine to Christmas number 1 instead of X-Factor winner Joe is hotting up!

I think this is quite a fascinating story really, and interesting in terms of the song that has been chosen to disrupt the Christmas chart norm (Go here for more info if you've not yet heard about it).

Killing in the Name Of was released in 1992 and now looks pretty set to go to the top of the charts this Christmas. My take on the song is that it is against mindless war and against the establishment and those who seek to tell us how we should behave and what we should be doing. Maybe I'm reading too much into it, but that's how it comes across to me, especially the final part of the song! Maybe it is a sign of where some of society is right now and how it is feeling about politics, religion, and the media. Maybe people are fed up with being told how to behave and what to do? Maybe people's eyes are being opened to the prospect that they might be slaves to a system and they don't want to be anymore? Maybe people are looking for something else?

Or maybe it is simply that people are sick of X-Factor and want to do something about it.

Whatever the reasons, I like it. I think it shows that when people catch a common goal they'll get together to realise it. And whatever the reasons are for individuals buying Killing In The Name Of, I think it does in some way say to society that people are sick of the norm and don't want to be slaves to the system. Now I know that buying a song won't free us from that system, but we've got to start somewhere.

The thing is, if followers of Jesus where a bit more aware they might latch onto what is happening in our society. They might realise that people are unsatisfied, but that the 'establishment' is not going to provide the answers, that something different is needed, that Jesus' message needs to be spoken about and shown in new and radical ways outside of the establishment. Killing In The Name Of is a song that shouts out against the establishment.

I wonder when the Church will hear this section of societies voice?


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