Should we sing "Reckless Love" in church?
Using the word “reckless” as a positive idea in a worship song isn’t entirely new. In 2013, Jeremy Camp’s song, “Reckless,” led Christian drivers to belt out: “I wanna be reckless, I wanna be changed…” Although Camp’s reckless was describing himself, not the love of God, it was still used creatively.
Brian Wahl and Brian Fuller, worship leaders and hosts of the YouTube channel, Worship Tutorials, talked about the controversy from a worship leader perspective in their video, “Should we sing Reckless Love in our churches? Is God reckless?”
“If you take issue with this song from a theological standpoint or you don’t want to sing it in your church, that is okay. This is not a hill worth dying on,” Wahl said.
“If you don’t want to sing it, don’t sing it,” Fuller added. “I think the challenge that we’re facing is not a theological question. I think it’s the limitations of the human language and the ability of us as people and artists to communicate a concept that mysterious and grand and holy. So no matter what we say, we’re gonna fail.”
Another worship leader, Joshua Dunn, took a stronger stance against singing the song in church in his article, “4 Reasons Why God Can Never be Reckless.”
Asbury’s use of the word reckless in this song is certainly creative, if not provocative. Because reckless doesn’t usually carry positive connotations in our modern conversations. We pray for our reckless family members and even lock-up extremely reckless people in prisons. It’s just not seen as a good thing.
So why would we sing to God in praise that his love is reckless? Well, maybe it is. And maybe reckless love is the kind of love that Christians should show others more often.
Here are four reasons why God’s love for his people is reckless, plus one reason why it’s definitely not.
Just a note: This isn’t an article meant to make you feel unlovable. Rather, it’s meant to stoke affection for God and to inspire awe at his love for his people.
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