Secular songs with Christian themes

I know a lot of people like to lump secular media together into unfavorable opinions. However, this thread attempts to find secular songs that have themes that can coincide with Christianity. Here are some I can think of right away:
“Dreams” by Van Halen
"Every Rose Has Its Thorn" and “Something to Believe In” by Poison
"The End of the Innocense" by Don Henley
"Here I Go Again" by Whitesnake
"From a Distance" by Bette Midler

These songs by Queen have a spiritual theme. Some are Christian others are more general in their spirituality still others have Islamic or Zoroatrian tones.

Great King Rat
Liar
Jesus
Mad The Swine
Flick of the Wrist
The Prophet’s Song
Bohemian Rhapsody
Somebody to Love
White Man
Mustapha
Save Me
Is this the World We Created
One Vision
Miracle
Innuendo
All Gods People
Made In Heaven
Let Me Live
My Life Has Been Saved
Heaven For Everyone
Thank God It’s Christmas
No One But You(Only The Good Die Young)

small happy dance for my 200th post

I guess it is safe to say any song from U2:D

The Image of The Invisible by Thrice

Here are the lyrics

**“Image Of The Invisible”

**We’re more than carbon and chemicals
We are the image of the invisible
Free will is ours and we can’t let go
We are the image of the invisible
We can’t allow this, the quiet cull
We are the image of the invisible
So we sing out this, our canticle
We are the image of the invisible

[Chorus:]
We all were lost now we are found
No one can stop us or slow us down
We are the named and we are known
We know that we’ll never walk alone

We’re more than static and dial tone
We are the image of the invisible
We’re emblematic of the unknown
We are the image of the invisible
So raise the banner, bend back your bows
We are the image of the invisible
Remove the cancer, take back your souls
We are the image of the invisible

[Chorus]

Though all the world may hate us, we are named
The shadow overtake us, we are known

We’re more than carbon and chemicals
Free will is ours and we can’t let go
We are the image of the invisible
We’re more than carbon and chemicals
We are the image of the invisible
Free will is ours and we can’t let go
We are the image of the invisible
We can’t allow this, the quiet cull
We are the image of the invisible
So we sing out this, our canticle
We are the image of the invisible

[Chorus x2]

Raise up the banner, bend back your bows
Remove the cancer, take back your souls

Josh Groban has lots like You Raise Me Up and The Prayer.

I absolutely DETEST this song, for this reason…

She sings that the world looks peaceful and that everyone has enough “from a distance”… then she sings that “God is watching us from a distance”. To me, it sounds like she’s saying that God doesn’t really know or see what’s going on in the world because He’s too far away from us.

I’m probably reading too much into it, maybe it’s just bad phrasing, but if I never hear this song again in my life, that will be :thumbsup: .

I thought that also. Plus there is something sickenly gooey and sweet about this song. YUCK.

:slight_smile:

I don’t get that impression (and I’ve sung this song in performance, so I’ve had to analyze it for the purpose of interpretation). My take on it is that she’s saying that things look fine and dandy on the surface, but the world and the people in it are far from perfect. “God is watching us from a distance” doesn’t imply that He is indifferent, but that He is giving us the chance to exercise free will.

How about Creed?

or Joan Osborne’s “One of Us” & “St Theresa”

call me funny but I get a deep spiritual meaning from Linkin Park’s new song “What I’ve Done”. The concept of letting go of ourselves and trusting that God allows mercy to flow.

In this farewell
There’s no blood
There’s no alibi
’Cause I’ve drawn regret
From the truth
Of a thousand lies
So let mercy come
And wash away…
What I’ve done
I’ll face myself
To cross out what I’ve become
Erase myself
And let go of what I’ve done
Put to rest
What you thought of me
While I clean this slate
With the hands
Of uncertainty
So let mercy come
And wash away…
What I’ve done
I’ll face myself
To cross out what I’ve become
Erase myself
And let go of what I’ve done
For What I’ve done
I’ll start again
And whatever pain may come
Today this ends
I’m forgiving what I’ve done
I’ll face myself
To cross out what I’ve become
Erase myself
And let go of what I’ve done
What I’ve done
Forgiving what I’ve done

“Heart of the Matter” by Don Henley.
“I’ve been trying to get down to the heart of the matter
…I think it’s about forgiveness, even if you don’t love me anymore.”

“Let It Be” by The Beatles.

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I’ve heard about the theory on “Let It Be” that it was like an apology for John’s off color remarks. I loved it for that, but always struggled to discover its meaning. Then I read that the inspiration from the song was from a dream that Paul had of his mother telling him “let it be”. His mother’s name was Mary.

Does anyone have a comment, I’d love to reclaim my previous position.
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I asked my friend in the car a few months ago if he thought Linkin Park was intentially making a Christian song, while this one was on the radio. He looked at me cross eyed. I’m glad someone else noticed.
The “let mercy come” line is pretty obvious to say the least.

agreed. I asked my nephew when did they become christians. He laughed and played me the rest of the album. They didn’t

Many of Seal’s songs are explicitly Christian.

In one of the remixes of “I’m Alive,” he sings at the end: “Blood on the cross, and it saved my life.”

The song with which he usually ends his concerts, “Future Love Paradise,” is very much a Christian view of the afterlife.

His most famous, “Kiss from a Rose,” is more implicit, and due to the context (from a Batman film soundtrack) is seen more as a secular love song. But the elements of Christian redemption are there.

His new album’s out this week – can’t wait.

Congrats - and I would add ‘This Could be Heaven’ (I especially like the line ‘this world could be fed, this world could be fun’ … a good reminder that religion need not be joyless)

I second whoever mentioned U2.
To add to the person the mentioned Seal, I love the song ‘Love’s devine’, and it seems that it had a christian theme to it also.
A song I heard a lot on our local secualr rock station last year was ‘Come to Jesus’ by Mindy Smith. It’s a really good song.
I really like the band Within Temptation, and I noticed while listening to one of their songs that it could have a possible Christian theme. It’s called ‘The truth beneath the rose’.

You know, I’ve alway thought Chris Daughtry’s song “Home” could be a bit of a “theme song” for converts to the faith. I see it as a story of a convert who has made the decision to become a Catholic and he is explaining that this is what I have to do and is also thankful for what his parent’s taught him about Jesus and God and thankful for the faith he was raised in.

I think the first time I heard the lyrics “I’m going home to the place where I belong” reminded me instantly of God and heaven. “Where your love has always been enough for me” makes me think that this person is totally focused on Jesus and wanted to do His will to follow Him.

I’m staring out into the night
And trying to hide the pain
I’m going to the place where love
and feeling good don’t ever cost a thing,
And the pain you feel’s a different kind of pain
I’m going home to the place where I belong
where your love has always been enough for me
I’m running from you know I think you got me all wrong
I don’t regret this life I chose for me
But these places and these faces are getting old
So I’m going home
The miles are getting longer it seems
The closer I get to you…
I’ve not always been the best man and friend for you
But your love remains true and I don’t know why
You always seem to give me another try
I’m going home
To the place where I belong
Where your love has always been good enough for me
I’m running from you know I think you got me all wrong
I don’t regret this life I chose for me
But these places and these faces are getting old
Be careful what you wish for
cause you just might get it all
you just might get it all and then some you dont want
Be careful what you wish for cause you just might get it all
You just might get it all
I’m going home to the place where I belong
Where your love has always been enough for me
And I’m running from… you know I think you got me all wrong
I don’t regret this life I chose for me’
But these places and these faces are getting old
But these places and these faces are getting old
I’m going home
I’m going home

I see what you mean. Great catch. I never thought that way about “Home” but now I see it.

Best unintentional Christian song I have ever seen (lyricswise) was “On the Way Down” by Ryan Cabrera:

Sick and Tired of this world
There’s no more air
Trippin’ over myself
Goin’ nowhere
Waiting
Suffocating
No direction
And I took a dive

And on the way down
I saw you
And you saved me
From myself
And I won’t forget
The way you loved me
On the way down
I almost fell right through
But I held onto you

I’ve been wondering why
It’s only me
Have you always been inside
Waiting to breathe
It’s alright
Sunlight
On my face
I wake up and yeah, I’m alive

'cause on the way down
I saw you
And you saved me
From myself
And I won’t forget
The way you loved me
On the way down
I almost fell right through
But I held onto you

I was so afraid
Of going under
But now
The weight of the world
Feels like nothing, no, nothing

Down, down, down
You’re all I wanted
Down, down, down
You’re all I needed
Down, down, down
You’re all I wanted
You’re all I needed

And I won’t forget the way you loved me

All that I wanted
All that I needed

On the way down
I saw you
And you saved me
From myself
And I won’t forget
The way you loved me
On the way down
I almost fell right through
But I held onto you

Down, down, down
But I held onto you
Down, down, down
But I held onto you

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