Are We Happy Plastic People?


I have not always listened to contemporary Christian music.  But ever-how-long it took me to get here – PRAISE GOD that I finally got on board.  There are several groups or soloists that are particularly great to me; Chris Tomlin, MercyMe, Steven Curtis Chapman, Jars of Clay… those are just a few.  BY QUITE A SIZEABLE MARGIN though, is Casting Crowns.  All of these artists have a lot of great stuff to say, but for some particular reason, Mark Hall (lead vocals and main songwriter) and the rest of the gang put out a story that is far more penetrating than many of the others.  Mark’s not the only one talented in Casting Crowns… all of the vocalists are phenomenal, especially the violin-ripping, lady with the gorgeous voice who sings a lot of lead on verses too – Melodee DeVivo.  Intrigued by the title of this post?  Do a google search for “Happy plastic people” and see what the lyrics are… see if they don’t stir you!

With song titles like, “Love Them Like Jesus,” “What If His People Prayed,” “Stained Glass Masquerade,” “Lifesong,” and “Voice of Truth” – even the titles have a spiritual Christian’s interest peaked.  I don’t know – nor care – about where these folks are doctrinally in Jesus.  It is very clear that they are centered on the preeminence of Christ and servant-ship.  I have pasted their lyrics below to “Voice of Truth.”

Oh what I would do to have
The kind of faith it takes
To climb out of this boat I’m in
Onto the crashing waves

To step out of my comfort zone
Into the realm of the unknown where Jesus is
And He’s holding out His hand

But the waves are calling out my name
And they laugh at me
Reminding me of all the times
I’ve tried before and failed
The waves they keep on telling me
Time and time again. “Boy, you’ll never win!”
“You’ll never win!”

Chorus:
But the voice of truth tells me a different story
The voice of truth says, “Do not be afraid!”
The voice of truth says, “This is for My glory”
Out of all the voices calling out to me
I will choose to listen and believe the voice of truth

Oh what I would do to have
The kind of strength it takes to stand before a giant
With just a sling and a stone
Surrounded by the sound of a thousand warriors
Shaking in their armor
Wishing they’d have had the strength to stand

But the giant’s calling out my name
And he laughs at me
Reminding me of all the times
I’ve tried before and failed
The giant keeps on telling me
Time and time again. “Boy you’ll never win!”
“You’ll never win!”

But the stone was just the right size
To put the giant on the ground
And the waves they don’t seem so high
From on top of them lookin’ down
I will soar with the wings of eagles
When I stop and listen to the sound of Jesus
Singing over me

I will choose to listen and believe the voice of truth

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One thought on “Are We Happy Plastic People?

  1. I love the “Voice of Truth”. I think I first heard about it on a US radio while driving home from work during my 4-month US assignment way back in 2004.

    It was also our inspiration for the name of our website: http://www.slingandstonemusic.com

    Please feel free to comment on the contents. It’s still in the very early stages of development.

    God bless!

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