“Flobots are a new phenomenon with an old soul.” ~~~Wide-Eyed Magazine
Heard of the new up and coming band Flobots, yet? If not, you will real soon. They are quickly rising to the top. The eclectic Denver based band has a deep passion for promoting revolutionary social and civic change. Their vision as a non-profit group is to motivate individuals through their music to institute change in the world surrounding them. They desire that their inspirational lyrics will mediate change, not only in their listeners, but in other bands as well.
Flobots’ music has a unique feel, offering a catchy, evolutionary blend of vivacious and colorful music with a powerful message. The sound and beat of their songs come dancing out to their audiences.
Flobots’ song Rise, speaks to the issue of anger, describing how it can spread like a terrible infection. They use gangrene as the vividly oozing description. Have you ever felt the anger inside you starting to fester and spread into the innermost corners of your being? Anger is a universal human emotion. One we all deal with on some level or other. So it’s no surprise that anger was a subject Jesus addressed for His followers. He encouraged us with His words to do two things. Read below:
BE ANGRY, AND yet DO NOT SIN; do not let the sun go down on your anger. (Eph 4:26).
Isn’t it interesting that Christ does not say, “Do not be angry?” He says that we can be angry, but challenges us to not sin in our anger. It is not anger itself that gets us into trouble; it is when we allow ourselves to seep in our anger. That’s when it festers and starts to taint our lives with its ugliness. The second part of that verse says to not let the sun go down on your anger. Why? Perhaps because once the sun is on its way down, our anger is on its way up.
In the lyrics of Rise, the Flobots lay bare the reality that we all DO have a tendency towards putrefying anger in our society, but then continue to articulate that we as a society, as a people, do NOT have to stay angry.
We ain’t never scared to pave a new path,
Make a new street, build a new bridge.
Using Flobots’ Rise as a springboard, try initiating conversation with those around you and share the Good News. Jesus Christ came to pave a new path for us. Through His sacrifice and blood, we can all rise up and live life to its fullest, in His presence and power.
Question to help you get started:
- Share with your friends a time when you have allowed your anger to fester. What was the outcome?
- Ask your friends if they can relate to Flobots’ Rise lyrics?
- Are your friends ready to pave a new path? If so, then…
- Tell your friends about the redemptive love of Christ.
The last line in Rise says:
If you believe in redemption, I’m calling to you from another dimension.
We as Christians DO believe in redemption and Christ is calling us from His dimension to make a difference in His name. So, a shout out to all you Christians out there! Let’s rise together and tell all those around us of Christ’s powerful message of the cross!
Jeannae Flageolle serves as a writer for Dare 2 Share Ministries International (D2S) in Arvada, Colorado, a ministry committed to energizing and equipping teenagers to know, live, share and own their faith in Jesus. For more information about D2S, please visit www.dare2share.org.