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Blinded By Your Grace Part 2: A Reflection

Author: Rónán Johnston

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Blinded By Your Grace Part 2: A Reflection

From The X-Factor to Radio 1 and the Brit Awards, Stormzy's "Blinded By Your Grace Part 2" has inspired millions. Rónán Johnston explores the reasons for the song's popularity.

This song by Stormzy , “Blinded By Your Grace Part 2”, is so direct, honest and on point. 

In a similar way, I always think people fundamentally respond to honesty combined equally with vulnerability and conviction.

When these three elements are present, there is a disarming quality and people cannot help but be impacted.

Stormzy has an authority because he manages to combine these three. The trap many Christians fall into is to preach (conviction) without admitting the difficulties of life (honesty and vulnerability). 

Watch Stormzy perform "Blinded by your grace part 2" on Radio 1:

Christian Music In The Mainstream

There has always been a place for Christian music in the mainstream. I am reminded of a host of U2 songs, such as "I will follow", "Gloria", "(Pride) In the name of love", "With or without you" and many more besides.

As well as U2 songs, others which have penetrated the mainstream include "Oh Happy Day" by Edwin Hawkins, "Shackles" by Mary Mary, "Let The Day Begin" by The Call,  "Fireflies" by Owl City, "You Found Me" by The Fray, "Place In This World" by Michael W Smith, "Everything" by Lifehouse, "Below My Feet" by Mumford and Sons, and a host more over time.

Here is "Below My Feet", Live On Letterman:

Being Salt and Light

It is not surprising. Christian artists are in touch with the deeper truths of the human condition and the best of them can create music that really touch everyone's hearts, regardless of spirituality or religion. It is a case of being salt and light.

"Blinded By Your grace part 2" has impacted the culture in a powerful way.

It is wonderful the way Christian music, at its best, awakens something in people. They recognise its truth and its relevance on a subconscious level.

A national figure, a DJ here in Ireland with whom I have worked for many years, gets very triggered whenever I mention that certain tracks were inspired by Christian faith (particularly U2), but acknowledges the power in those tracks. I often think of him when I am writing myself.

With the Lord's help, we can really create material that impacts people in their hearts and minds.

I love the work of John Eldridge and how he says Hollywood has a greater understanding than we do of the deep archetypes which impact us.

When Christians get right to the heart of things, they can really begin to have an impact beyond what they can hope for or expect.

  • Rónán Johnston is a psychotherapist, a writer of soundtrack for film, TV and theatre and a worship leader from Dublin, Ireland. Further information about his work can be found at: www.ronanjohnston.com

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