Working for the Church While Your Family Dies


I’m listening to an exceptional record entitled “Neon Bible” while writing papers about the local church. This is ironical, child.

Arcade Fire’s newest release is as pretentious as indie rock gets, and that’s their point. It is swooning with over-production, but that’s what a Neon Bible does when it’s flashing in a store-front.

“Intervention” is an unbelievable track, replete with big churchy-pipe organs and a nice little acoustic guitar. I’ve left the choruses here for you because they tell the sad truth of what is too often the untold story of senior pastors. I say we need a new leadership paradigm, sir. And, (ahem) madam.

Working for the church
While your family dies
You take what they give you
And you keep it inside
Every spark of friendship and love
Will die without a home
Hear the solider groan, “We’ll cry alone”

Working for the Church
While my family dies
Your little baby sister’s
Gonna lose her mind
Every spark of friendship and love
Will die without a home
Hear the soldier groan “We’ll go at it alone”

Been working for the church
While your life falls apart.
Singing hallelujah with the fear in your heart
Every spark of friendship and love
Will die without a home
Hear the soldier groan, “We’ll go at it alone”
Hear the soldier groan, “We’ll go at it alone”

(Photo from Arcade Fire Fan Site: Us Kids Know)

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3 Responses to “Working for the Church While Your Family Dies”
  1. Sue says:

    Nelly, when will we be graced with your lovely self smiling our way? Thinking we should connect as the kids and I are heading out tomorrow for possibly the rest of June. Looking forward to time with you.

  2. Beth says:

    Arcade Fire are an exceptional band. It’s quite interesting to listen to the way they have granted Christianity the authority to frame the questions they explore, without really embracing the Christian answers. I love “Intervention,” but for me two of the most theologically profound pieces on the record are “Antichrist Television Blues” and “Black Wave/Bad Vibrations.” Saw them in Boston and NYC; amazing commitment.

  3. Jenelle says:

    Beth,
    Thanks for stopping by. Arcade Fire are smarter than ever. I’m jealous that you’ve been able to see them live.

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