Those nice people at UCB Radio have added me to their playlist! If you listen to UCB do text, email or call them and ask nicely if they wouldn’t mind playing some Rob Halligan.
This is all very good but I did get a text the other day that I guess shouldn’t have surprised me. Apparently, one show kicked off with my song, I Can’t make You Walk, you can listen to it by clicking the link at the top of this post. A listener had messaged the show so bemoan the fact that there was no faith in that song and I was asked what the response should be to such a message.
I like being a Christian, albeit a failed one. It’s good to know that God loves me and I’m rather glad that the rubbish in my life has been dealt with – believe me there’s a lot of it. I’ve said before on this very blog how sometimes doubt tends to plague me. You know, can anyone hear these prayers or am I talking to the ceiling. Sorry to those of you who think I’m perfect and to those who know otherwise, you’re in good company. I’m so glad God is big enough to handle my failures, and I don’t say that in a throw away sense.
But this song really isn’t about a lack of faith. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. You see, on a good day, I believe that God has give every one of us the grace and ability to make the difference that we need to in the world, whether that be a difference to our own life or the lives of those around us. The problem is that sometimes we choose not to make that difference. Sometimes despite everything being set up for us, our choice is to stay in bed, to spend the day doing nothing, watching daytime TV or whatever. So many of us sit on the sidelines and criticise the system, the church, society or whatever rather than doing something to make a difference.
This is all rather sweeping and there’s a lot that could be said but at the end of the day, the faith that’s in this song is that I can’t make you walk, but YOU can make you walk.
If you want a laid back life of ease then please don’t become a Christian. You’ll be terribly disappointed that you have stuff to do.
As for what the response to the listeners message should be, I suggested “Oh yes, pray for that Rob Halligan, he needs it!”