I really like the new Switchfoot album "Vice Verses" and was fortunate to see them play much of it live a couple of months back. Have a listen to the opening song "Afterlife" and its lyric video. I've posted a few more comments below.
This song offers a bold opening to a brilliant album that in my view has a strong eschatological focus, especially as we listen to "Afterlife" in light of two other songs on the album--"Restless" and "World Where I Belong."
It is a powerful declaration that life, and most certainly eternal life for the Christian, begins at the moment that we come to faith; not when we reach heaven. They sing in the refrain:
And I wonder
Why would I wait till I die to come alive?
I'm ready now
I'm not waiting for the afterlife
While our salvation will be complete when we enter the presence of the Lord, salvation is now and here. The Apostle Paul writes in Philippians 2:12-13 (ESV):
Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
C. Anthony Wells
3/28/2012 01:58:35 pm
Very interesting format of thought and music.
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