Uptown Funk is one of the most funky, creative, original songs I’ve heard in a long time. Here’s a fantastic performance of the song starring Bruno Mars and his crew:
I had a bit of a revelation (aha! moment) while groovin’ along to the song…
I couldn’t help but think about how creative and funky these guys were, in their musical abilities, not only in song writing, but in their innate ‘groove’ as they performed.
And I couldn’t help but think about how those musical gifts didn’t just appear out of nowhere.
They can write and sing and play and perform like this, because they applied the gifts that their Creator God gave them. Whether they believe in God or not is not the point. Whether their lifestyle lines up with what we would deem ‘holy’ is also not the point.
The point is that they didn’t give themselves these creative gifts. They didn’t create themselves. Their Creator created them, and deposited a seed of creativity and musicality within them, and they have taken the seed and watered it and let it grow into something pretty cool.
Now, this part may be hard to swallow for some, and easier for others.
If we hear a song like this and CAN’T picture God dancing and groovin’ along to it and shakin’ His booty like these dudes do, I think our view of God is still too small.
Way too small.
THESE GUYS ARE ONLY REFLECTIONS OF SOMEONE GREATER.
They did not initiate this sound. It came from somewhere beyond them. Isn’t that what makes us human? This innate ability to hear the echo of something so deep and profound inside our hearts that calls us to an infinite place beyond this finite reality!
If these gifted, talented people are created reflections of the Creator, then it must mean that God has those very same creative abilities, funky creativity and innate grooviness in the centre of His being, YET IN EVEN GREATER CAPACITY!!!
Children are not greater than their Father!
The created are not greater than their Creator!
I don’t think we can even imagine what eternity will be like as the Father of all Creation invites us into the grooviest, funkiest, musical celebration!
Ya, there’ll be organs and a cappella choirs and orchestral numbers in the Father’s presence (which is really cool too), but there will be GROOVE and FUNK as well! The Father’s gonna shake His booty, in all His reverent glory! And if you can’t accept that, just you wait, one day He will step out of the clouds, with gold curlers in His hair, and He will turn and face you, reach out His hand and invite you to shake your booty with Him.
Until then, let’s break out of our limited, finite boxes and shake what the good Lord gave us!