I don’t know much about this band. I don’t know their theology, and I don’t really care. All I need to know I see in that video. There were probably people in the crowd who laughed and made fun of her. In that same situation, some might have hurried over to her, as she laid on her back in front of thousands of people, and quickly tried to help her to her feet… in order to minimize her humiliation. And her shame.
But instead, what we see is a Love that rushes to the ground with us.
We see a Love that experiences what we have experienced.
We see a Love that knows how it feels to be humiliated. And broken.
We see a Love that encourages instead of trying to shame us.
We see a Love that gives us beauty for ashes.
We see a Love that lays itself down next to us, and encourages us to keep on rocking out.
We see a Love that declares, “This is my favorite person we’ve ever had on stage.”
We see an Incarnational Love. A Love that screams into the microphone,“EMMANUEL! GOD IS WITH US!!” And leaps into the air…
Frank Schaeffer is a writer. His latest book —WHY I AM AN ATHEIST WHO BELIEVES IN GOD: How to give love, create beauty and find peace