How to Share Your Faith Using Switchfoot's Oh! Gravity
Switchfoot's newest album release, Oh! Gravity peaked at number one on iTunes top albums and hit the Billboard Charts top twenty in recent weeks. Across the band's six albums it has cultivated a solid crossover appeal. Switchfoot's music allows the songwriters' Christian view of the world to shine through in their lyrics. Oh! Gravity's fresh, bright sound and substantive lyrics further solidify Switchfoot's mainstream appeal.
The album is loaded with powerful, impacting songs that you can use to talk with your friends about the important things in life - including spiritual things. As you listen to this album with your friends, consider using the songs as an opportunity to move the conversation toward God. Here's just a sampling of some of the lyrics that are loaded with meaning and can be used to take a conversation to a deeper level.
In the title track Oh! Gravity, songwriter Jon Foreman captures the loneliness and isolation that haunts us and the fear and anger that can explode in our lives at any point. According to switchfoot.com, the song is an "appeal for peace, love and understanding." The lyrics raise the thought-provoking question, "sons of my enemies, why can't we seem to keep it together? ...we're connected."
- Are we all connected? If so, why do you think there is hatred and evil in the world?
- For help discussing this from a Christian perspective, check out the Soul Fuel article, Why Is the World So Screwed Up?
- Where do you turn when you feel lonely or angry?
The endless pursuit of 'stuff' is the target of American Dream. The song challenges listeners to question the typical American view of chasing success and happiness, where "success is equated with excess" and everyone's "fighting for the Beamer, the Lexus." Foreman stands up boldly and declares, "I want to live and die for bigger things."
- What do you believe success and happiness in life look like?
- Will 'stuff' make you happy?
- What do you want your life to count for?
- Have you ever been involved in something that's 'bigger than yourself'?
Burn Out Bright echoes that stand. "If we only got one try, if we've only got one life, if time was never on our side. Before I die I want to burn out bright." And Awakening furthers that message of living a life that matters, by observing, "Last week found me living for nothing but deadlines," and concluding, "I wanna wake up kicking and screaming. I wanna know that my heart's still beating."
- What do you think the purpose of life is?
- For help discussing this from a Christian perspective, check out the Soul Fuel article The Million Dollar Question.
Use Switchfoot's music from Oh! Gravity to bring God up in your conversations. After all, a relationship with God is what gives meaning and purpose to life. So let your friends know God is reaching out to them!