Say Something… Church

This is a moving rendition of “Say Something” by Pentatonix. I was moved emotionally.

I hear it as a break up song. Or, a farewell song to a lover who is no longer able to respond.

But the lines went deeper for me, as I played it again.

Why are so many millennials becoming so disillusioned by the church and singing this as a break up song to the church, the Bride of Christ? As a pastor of a church revitalization community in Northern Colorado, I can’t help but be stirred by the thought of the mass exodus from the church. I see it in our context, with our people, in our communities and towns.

It’s as though the millennial generation, and the digital generations are throwing in the towel on the church… since the church isn’t saying anything. One of the lines in this song cuts to the core:

Say something, I’m giving up on you.
I’ll be the one, if you want me to.
Anywhere, I would’ve followed you.
Say something, I’m giving up on you.

And I am feeling so small.
It was over my head
I know nothing at all.

Back in Nov, 2013 “anonymous” wrote in a blog post about the meaning:

“When you’re having trouble in a relationship and you know that things are coming to an end but you want so badly to hang and make it work. You want to be “the one” for them but only if they want to accept you as theirs. You will do anything for them, follow them wherever they go but they won’t do the same. You feel like you’re the only one in the relationship trying to make it work. It seems like the other person has no hope but you want them to say something, anything to make you stay and keep on fighting. All these overwhelming feelings make you feel so small. Going into the relationship you didn’t know what you were getting yourself into. You have never loved like this before, there are going to be obstacles, you will stumble and fall but you will learn and keep going. After all the pleading and asking them to stay you just can’t keep going, you are finally giving up, you are sorry that you couldn’t get them to stay. I love you but I need to swallow my pride, accept defeat, and say goodbye.”

This is merely my interpretation, and there are many opinions out there to listen to, but as a pastor, I don’t want the break up to happen. I don’t want the church to remain silent in the conversation.

As people want the church to “say something, (they’re) giving up on you”… what is your response, church?

Don’t let them walk away.

It’s not over.

Published by Reid Olson

I was a pastor who still knows a personal connection with God and I like to share thoughts and insights to make God's Kingdom a little more tangibly, while sharing conversations on leadership insights. Now I'm a funeral director, still seeking to share about Jesus.

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