"Innocence Maintained" by Jewel

"Innocence Maintained" by Jewel

Have you ever listened to Jewel, a singer in her young 30’s who is a Dylan-esque pop folk singer who was once so poor she lived in her car? In a pathos marinated voice, Jewel belts out bluesy songs that burn about the injustice, futility, and despair of life. Her lyrics, while not coming from an overtly Christian perspective, still touch something deep inside of many people. She sings:

We are given to a god to put our faith therein
But to be forgiven, we must first believe in sin
We’ve made houses for hatred. It’s time we made a place

Where people’s souls may be seen and made safe.*

Many of us struggle with these same questions, don’t we?

Do you know anyone with these thoughts?

In your opinion, what would that place look and feel like if people who called themselves ‘Christians’ (myself included), actually encouraged people’s souls to “be seen and made safe?”

*Jewel Kilcher, “Innocence Maintained,” WB Music Corp./Wiggly Tooth Music, ASCAP, 1996.

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