Traces of the Gospel Pt. 5

More Than a Feeling” by Boston is a classic rock staple. Personally, I prefer “Amanda” or “Don’t Look Back” but I can definitely settle with the song in question. It’s an all-around great guitar-driven, harmonic vocal track. Brad Delp, the former lead guitarist, and singer had powerful vocals that really demonstrated his range.

Sadly, he committed suicide in 07′, so it would be beneficial to pray for the repose of his soul.

The song reminds me that faith is more than a feeling. If I were to base my entire faith on feelings, I could be lead astray. Mainly because using my heart or feelings as a guide is disastrous. The Prophet Jeremiah declared that the human heart is tortuous (17:9). Also, Proverbs reveals that some ways appear true but ultimately aren’t (16:25).

How many times have I deliberately committed grave sin based on feelings?

Don’t get me started!

On the contrary, faith directs me to submit my whole being to God (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 143). As a result, when I place faith in God, I’m fleeing from the devil and embracing truth. Eventually, this helps me to practice love.

Faith is more than a feeling. It’s about being consumed by the Creator’s authority in our lives.

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5 comments

  1. Good choice for lyrics illustrating this point. 🙂

    Then there’s “Hooked on A Feeling,” a 1968 Mark James and B. J. Thomas song.

    It was top of the charts or thereabouts in its day, probably elevator music by now, and fleeting fame is another topic. I think the lyrics are an effective expression of adolescent romance. But without the reality check in Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.” I particularly remember these lines:

    “…I’m hooked on a feeling
    I’m high on believing
    That you’re in love with me….”

    Being “high on believing” doesn’t strike me as a problem. Not by itself. That sort of emotional rush seems like a normal part of life: particularly the very early parts of a couple’s relationship. Something much like it happens with someone’s faith. Sometimes, at any rate.

    But “Hooked” isn’t one of my favorite songs. Mostly, I suspect, because I don’t have much use for a belief that won’t make sense once the rush wears off. Or ‘romance’ that morphs from ‘oh wow’ to ‘what was I thinking?’ And that’s yet another topic. Topics.

    Thanks for posting this. And sparking a trip down memory lane.

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    • He was most likely high on something else. “Believing” was the clean version 😂.

      It was the 60s.

      “Make love not war”

      “Tune in and tune out”

      In all seriousness, I realy like that song. I don’t favor the more popular 70s Blue Swede cover. B.J. is a good songwriter. It’s a great expression of love. Catchy too.

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  2. I like it too, which didn’t and doesn’t keep me from wincing at emotion trumping reason.

    The ’60s were an – interesting – time to be a teen. I didn’t “tune out,” not the “turn on” part: no virtue there, losing what little control of my brain that I had wasn’t appealing. “Make love not war” was a good slogan – effective at any rate. Folks did and do get overly-enthusiastic, my opinion, over both unconditional pacifism and seeing violent response as a panacea for our problems.

    The good news with the “make love” side was that it often went with a desire to treat the weak and powerless with kindness and support. What some did to act on that desire wasn’t necessarily prudent. But I like to remember that the intent was apparently good.

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  3. I like the 60s. I think I would’ve been more comfortable in the 70s. 60s had a lot of stuff going on. I probably would’ve been a “make love not war” proponent. Although good intentions to stop communism in the Southeast Asia area, America’s involvement in Vietnam seems very sloppy,

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