“Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things.”
Listening to “Always With Me” from Spirited Away (2001) while thinking about “God’s Not Dead” from God’s Not Dead (2014), I realized how different the two songs are.
“God’s Not Dead,” now that I think more about it, comes across as confrontational — like the Newsboys are telling me “Go on! Say ‘God is dead’! I dare you!” It doesn’t help that, in the music video, the song is sung as a reaction to scientists’ claim that “God is dead”:
In contrast, the words I would use to describe “Always With Me” would be “At peace.” No scientists’ claim is going to put this girl on the offensive: She’s just going to keep on believing, because she knows that someone greater than her is “always with me”:
“Violent” is the word I would use to describe the lyrics of “God’s Not Dead.” Lyrics like “dead,” “explode” and “revolution” are in service of a message about defeating one’s enemies: “In this world I’ll overcome.”
In contrast: Lyrics from “Always With Me”:
“So many tears of despair, uncountable through and through
I know on the other side of them I’ll be sure to find you”
One of these songs strikes me as more Christian than the other.