The Avett Brothers' narrative doctrine of Love (and Hate) - Restorative Theology
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Even Christian people struggle sometimes with feeling peace. For us it has been a long learning process. Certainly one thing that has become a bedrock for the band is the prayers we lift up on a daily basis for each other, with our families. Last year, one of my big realizations was that if you pray for someone long enough, you will love them, no matter what you have been through, or how they have harmed you.
That has been key to our longevity as a band, and being able to be around each other day after day after day. Also, as we have gotten married and had kids, the family element has absolutely redefined the way we work together. Prayer is a daily thing. That to me is the most unifying thing for both my family and my band. Our next trip is to Tola, Nicaragua to do a ribbon cutting ceremony for a medical clinic that our fans built.
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This comes back to bite him in the you-know-where later in the season and into season twowhen he decides to flee Newport in pursuit of his lone journey. Be open about your exes. Oh, where do I begin with this one? If Ryan had been honest with new flame Marissa about his romantic past in Chino from the get-go, he would have avoided an extremely uncomfortable Thanksgiving encounter… and who knows what else? Hate is proud while pacing the streets, "a serious look on his face.
Critique of my own public speaking always brings this up: Hate, meanwhile, looks cool and serious and alone sitting on his car, ignoring the beauty of the world around him, consumed instead by the world that is himself. On the way home, Love takes a taxi and we see the only other character in this song, the young man driving her home.Seth & Summer - I'll be Edwin McCain w/ Lyrics
Upon seeing Love, the young man is filled with hope. In the recorded version of this song, this line in the song is delivered like all the rest. But in the two live versions I've seen including the one aboveSeth delivers this line with a soaring intensity and a melodic variation that is moving. Perhaps we have been this young man whose heart is so moved upon seeing the very manifestation of Love.
I know I've seen it and felt it It's a heartbreaking and dreadful thing to imagine. The last three stanzas of the song paint the closing scene: Love and Hate reunite. It's far past late as Hate staggers in, "lucky to be alive. Love is concerned for her lost partner yet is waiting, patient and kind.
In the video above, Seth comments: Showing some sense of guilt, however genuine, Hate apologizes. It is in this moment that we see perhaps a bit of weariness from Love. She shrugs, "I'm yours and that's it. Yet her next phrase shows that there is self-sacrificing commitment beneath the weariness: The closing line of the song gives Hate the last word.
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There is some online discussion as to whom this line is attributed, but I'm going with Hate. It is perhaps a bit of a down note on which to end the song, but it's consistent with Hate's nature: And so they'll continue Again, I don't want to place Christian teaching right into the mouths of The Avett Brothers, but this song is just screaming biblical themes all over the place.
In one case, it's right out of Scripture: As I mentioned above, the move to personify these two and put them in relationship and then tell a story is so, so right.
It's a great example of how I think theology should be articulated and reflected upon more often. As a story, it also resonates with the broadly narrative approach of the Bible itself. Relationality is inherent to both love and hate and the Bible is chock full of stories about relationships and how they should and perhaps more often, shouldn't work.
Relationships with God, self, and neighbor not to mention enemies are taught to be established on the bonds of love, thickly defined and experienced.
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Hate is by nature not making their relationship very easy, yet Love wearily perseveres. The topic of forgiveness is hinted at in this song when Hate says "I'm sorry," and Love says "What for? While one may worry that this is "cheap grace" Love is displaying, I don't think that's the case here.
As previously noted, she seems to turn Hate's indifference back on him for a passing moment. Love without judgment is indeed cheap grace and forgiveness without judgment is logically impossiblebut this little barb intended for Hate shows our Love here is not without judgment. Hers is a judgment couched in love how could it be any different? A qualification to "Less is more" The metaphorical framework for this song makes it a great case study for love in one-to-one relationships, which is great; we need more of these, for sure.
However, it can take some interpretive imagination to see how this story might work in a corporate sense, especially within the church. After all, in the 1 Corinthians text which I've related this song to, the relational context isn't a couple, rather it's the church. So my qualification here isn't a critique of the song itself, but rather 1 a critique of our culture's too-often reductionistic sense of love which many in the church swallow happily, to our periland 2 a reminder that not only does a "thick" expression of love need to be practiced in couples' relationships, but it needs to happen within the church as a gathered body, the body of Christ.