happy all the time?

Well, the brief hiccup regarding my comments sections appears to be over. Unfortunately, however, comments on all previous posts are lost. But please feel free to leave your comments on more recent posts if you want. The problem should be fixed from here on forward.
I’m headed to the Bronx this afternoon with Taylor to visit with some likeminded folks (video) in that area. Looking forward to gleaning some of their 5+ years of experience doing what they do, as well as wearing my Red Sox hat in the thick of the Evil Empire. Wish the wives could come, though …


I’m inright, outright, upright, downright happy all the time.
I’m inright, outright, upright, downright happy all the time.

Since Jesus Christ came in,
And cleansed my heart from sin.
I’m inright, outright, upright, downright happy all the time.

Ahh, nothing like false hopes and destructive theology to spice up a children’s church song. =)


7 responses to this post.

  1. It’s funny how we don’t really pay attention to the words we’re singing, especially children’s songs, especially when we’re concentrating so hard on getting the hand-movements right.

    I was singing that very song about 9 months ago (VBS) when I realized that it isn’t true at all, and it probably shouldn’t be true. Who has every been happy all the time, even if Jesus came in a cleansed their heart from sin? I don’t sing that song anymore.


  2. If you see Jeter, kick him in the knee.

    Have a great time in NYC.



  3. so true, the scary thing is there are lots of them out there! Can’t remember all the words but the one about having Jesus in a box always blew my mind!!!
    When it comes to kids..
    words create reality..we should be VERY careful, no?


  4. Posted by andrew on March 26, 2007 at 10:49 am

    destructive theology? really? on what do you base this argument…history evidence? surely not; history supports Christianity

    lots of “them” out their? does lori mean “followers of Christ” by “them”…sure there are many people that don’t have it right, but there are many more that do; a true follower of Christ is not someone that you should feel threatened by


  5. Posted by andrew on March 26, 2007 at 10:51 am

    of course, i believe you are correct about the difference between having “happiness” and “joy”…Christ never promised happiness; in fact he told us to expect the opposite

    however He did promise us joy


  6. Posted by andrew on March 26, 2007 at 10:54 am

    sorry…i misunderstood what was being said about theology and false hopes…i had assumed something totally different than what was being said….that’s what happens when one assumes and jumps to conclusions too fast….good luck with your mission


  7. Wow! Those song lyrics were scary. I don’t think I’d ever heard that one before. I think that one of the worst tragedies of this sort of thing is that some Christians really do believe that they must be happy all the time or else they are somehow squandering God’s gift. Believe it or not, this ends up being a common theme when Christians seek psychotherapy for depression. Even worse than their depression is often the guilt they feel for being depressed.

    Of course, this is not unique to Christianity. Other unrealistic beliefs are linked to depression as well. I think the difference is that most of these others are uniformly discouraged.


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