God speaks through pop culture whenever the church fails to speak
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God spoke to a whole generation through an unsaved Jew - because the church couldn't feel the sense of the times. I know! I was there!
Over twenty years later, Carly Simon recorded "Let the River Run." It was the first of only two songs to ever win all three awards (Oscar, Golden Globe, and Grammy) composed and performed entirely by a single artist.
Like "Bridge over Troubled Waters," it used words and phrases that were taken straight from the Bible; and anyone - again, whether Christian or not - can easily spot its gospel undertone. Revelation 21 is its inspiration: "the river," "the New Jerusalem," "silver cities," "your sons and daughters," and so much more.
"Let the River Run" is much more apocalyptic than "Bridge over Troubled Waters." It catches a "zeitgeist" - a mood - that has been washing over the world since the 1990s and continues so to this day: that history is reaching a climax, a turning point that promises to usher in a new heaven and a new earth - filled with wonder and joy. It's a sense that fills the whole world - but one the church, once again, hasn't yet caught on to - though it jumps out of almost every page of scripture.
Carly Simon's father was Jewish, though she was raised a nominal Catholic by her mother, a civil rights activist and herself a singer and song writer.
Once again, we have God speaking to a whole generation through a Jewish voice - because the church is unwilling to speak to the urgency of the hour and the ever growing sense that Christ's return is close at hand.
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