Here’s the latest installment in the Girl or God series.  For a refresher on the premises, check out this post.

First clue.

But you always find a way
To keep me right here waiting
You always find the words to say
To keep me right here waiting
If you chose to walk away
I’d still be right here waiting . . .

“Right here waiting” may be a cryptic way of speaking of Christian perseverance.  Though believers betray him often, God finds a way to keep us persevering; he uses his words [scripture, the inward testimony of the Spirit] to preserve our faith in him.

But, what of “if you chose to walk away”?  Certainly, God never would walk away from believers, since he is always with them (Heb. 13:5).  Maybe, the lyric is something like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego’s insistent defiance of Nebuchadnezzar:  “. . . our God . . . is able to deliver us out of your hand, O king.  But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods . . .” (Dan 3:17-18).  The speaker of the song could mean that even if God allows suffering, the speaker will still persevere in the faith.

We need more evidence.

I’ve made a commitment
I’m willing to bleed for you
I needed fulfillment
I found what I need in you

Can’t you just forgive me
I don’t want to relive all the mistakes
I’ve made along the way

Wow!  We must be getting close to our Girl or God decision.  The speaker is committed to the object of his song, even to the point of suffering.  His willingness to suffer stems from his valuation of the object.  We even have a confession of sin.

Therefore, the song, more probably, addresses . . .

a Girl.

The song in question is Staind’s “Right Here.”  Some of the other lyrics make the song more clearly focused on a human-to-human relationship.

Staind is not the kind of band marketed in Christian circles (though, they too have gone from focusing on musical notes to bank notes).  Still, when the artists need to express the depth of human relationships, they turn to language of religious experience.

A meta-question is lurking there.  Why do artists so often evoke religious language in describing human relationships?  Good guesses might include dramatic effect or convenience.  What are some other guesses?

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