Neon Cathedral and Golden Streets

Neon Cathedral is a song by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. Now I have posted the lyrics just so everyone knows what the song is about. This song is not a christian song!

 WARNING THERE ARE A FEW CURSE WORDS IN IT. 

I have not changed them because I think they show the emotions behind the song and I left them for the purpose of the rest of the blog not just to have them there. Im sorry if that offends anyone.

Also here is the link on youtube —->https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9wDF2RYePU

So here are the lyrics:

Round here they sing broken hymns
Their prayers flow better when they’re soaked in gin
The amp’s dusty and sits in the corner
By a bartender that’ll pickpocket your heart
And a jukebox that’ll steal your quarter
Bartender, please give me a confession
Exchange fear for courage in the form of a well drink
There’s a heavy current, got a long way to swim
Closed the Bible a while ago, I need some shots for this sin
Hail Mary, come with me, feel like Pac when it hits
Got some fire in my belly and a riot in the gut
Bushmills for a band-aid, the sweet taste of blood
Then I might actually feel something if I don’t cover it up
Watch their faces, familiar places
Even if they haven’t left the vinyl booth that they stayed in
The motel next door, a sign that reads vacant
And a truth that’s so strong I’d be a fool not to chase it
But yet, I’m a fool and I stay here
Hope these problems drown themselves, I die in wait here
One more, four more, fuck it a night cap
Service starts at 5 tomorrow and I’ll be right back

Underneath this fragile frame
Lives a battle between pride and shame
But I’ve misplaced that sense of fright
This crown of thorns is perched atop my spine
But listen closely as I testify
Dependency has been a thief at night
Thief at night, thief at night

I read the Bible, but I forgot the verses
The liquor store is open later than the church is
Pured by their imperfections, everything that’s burning
To Hell with the confessions, all the “Lord Have Mercy’s”
Blessed in holy water, listen, oh Holy Father
Have you ever smelled flesh that sweats out Monarch vodka?
11 AM in the morning and you can’t get it off ya
Callin’ to the preacher but it’s like the pastor isn’t talking
Until the store opens I can re-up on that doctrine
The people close to me say that I’m in need of a doctor
Think that I got a problem but these are not apostles
This is the drink of the Lord, that’s according to my gospel
Open to interpretation, if you’re judgin’ I don’t want it
I got sins that scold like my throat when I hit the bottle
And I’m sinking and that’s why I keep on drinking
I need a refill, far more than once every weekend
Sweet Jesus, I’m getting amnesia
Shaking til I get a taste, my faith is having seizures
Every time I walk away and try to leave it
Every time I walk away and try to leave it

Wouldn’t miss it for the world
Baptized in my vices and the bar is my church
Traded my artist and I pawned off the easel
Spend it all searching for God at the Neon Cathedral

Underneath this fragile frame
Lives a battle between pride and shame
But I’ve misplaced that sense of fight
This crown of thorns is perched atop my spine
But listen closely as I testify
Dependency has been a thief at night
Thief at night, thief at night

Dependency has been a thief at night
Thief at night, thief at night x2
(azlyrics.com)

Macklemore has other songs that also include a religious look on life and this one has affected me a lot recently. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis obviously have some thoughts about God and the church that are not true and are very negative but i’m not actually writing this to talk about him being in the wrong but about him being in the right… I know I just contradicted myself but roll with me okay?

Round here they sing broken hymns
Their prayers flow better when they’re soaked in gin
The amp’s dusty and sits in the corner
By a bartender that’ll pickpocket your heart
And a jukebox that’ll steal your quarter
Bartender, please give me a confession
Exchange fear for courage in the form of a well drink
There’s a heavy current, got a long way to swim

This is the first verse and Macklemore is talking about how alcohol has become what we use instead of God. As a culture alcohol has become a medicine… except it doesn’t. Macklemore knows what he’s talking about here. He says in at interview that he has struggled before with alcohol and hasn’t had a drink in 5 years or more now.

HERES THE VIDEO—-> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ted3EHfDwUk

I read the Bible, but I forgot the verses
The liquor store is open later than the church is
Pured by their imperfections, everything that’s burning
To Hell with the confessions, all the “Lord Have Mercy’s”
Blessed in holy water, listen, oh Holy Father
Have you ever smelled flesh that sweats out Monarch vodka?
11 AM in the morning and you can’t get it off ya
Callin’ to the preacher but it’s like the pastor isn’t talking

In this verse Macklemore brings a huge issue that I want to focus on for a a bit of time right now. People look to the Christian faith when things go wrong because GOD CAN HEAL THEM. But we as a church, we as a body, we as Christians are not living the Christian life and we are knowingly doing things that we shouldn’t and non-christians see that and don’t want to be apart of that life then.

WE NEED TO STEP UP PEOPLE. 

We need to stop being afraid of standing out because we don’t smoke or drink,

We need to stand out in the crowd because JESUS DID 

We need to Go and share our scars and our stories 

WE ARE NEEDED IN THE WORLD. WE ARE GODS VESSELS. WE ARE THE PROOF. WE HAVE TO DO SOMETHING. OR WHAT THIS SONG TALKS ABOUT WILL BECOME TRUTH TO THE PEOPLE WHO DONT KNOW JESUS!!!!!!

This is serious and involves peoples lives. As christians we are not just saying words we are saving peoples lives!  This is serious people!

Wake up and know what the cost is! 

People will not live an eternal life. They will eternally die.

Alcohol, Drugs, Sex, Prostitution, Lies, Cheating, Murder, Adultery we need to help people through these things and stop worrying about what color Jesus was, or when and where he died, or if women can be in ministry! These things are important but not as important as saving lives… LIVES ARE MORE IMPORTANT TO CHRIST THAN ARGUING OVER DOCTRINE AND THEOLOGIES. 

Its crazy how wrapped up in these things we can get while there are children being sold into human trafficking, or the 783 million people without clean water, or the 5 billion people who dont have a relationship with Christ.

So you tell me whats more important?

Please share your Scars and Stories with people

like Macklemore is doing in a non christian way…

but hey I give him credit, he’s doing more than half the Christians out there…

This is my prayer that we would begin to

SHARE OUR SCARS WITH PEOPLE.

SHARE OUR STORIES OF LIFE WITH PEOPLE. 

SHARE THE GOSPEL WITH PEOPLE.

LIVE A LIFE OF JESUS AND BE IN THE WORLD BUT NOT OF IT.

God bless everyone thanks for reading.

Here is more on Macklemore’s story. ——> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TEVyYRMuFyk

#OurScarsOurStories

#TakeActionNow

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