'Only Revolutions' amuses me, moves me and intrigues me in equal measure.
I mean, in the most recent single, in one breath Biffy are rushing around popping bubbles and the next they're washing away sins.
What's all that about?!?
It's seemingly meaningless and yet deeply profound.
And that, I think, is the album's strength - it has layers, it suits different moods, different personalities, maybe even different worldviews.
I like it. Again it moves me. And again it puzzles me. I am left wondering, are the lyrics simply comical or are they meant to be incisive and profound?
The answer is probably yes, both.
This has certainly been true for me this year whilst training to be a teacher. When faced with a crowd of thirty-five teenagers it's been far too easy to simply focus on the disruptive minority. Whilst teaching, in theory I wanted to praise, encourage and draw out potential. In practice, I criticised and shouted, telling pupils to change, to grow up, to stop being such and such and start... It seemed like the only way to survive.
Christians are too often perceived as judgemental.
Too often they are.
And as a fan of Jesus myself, for this I am sorry.
Christians want to be bringers of life, they want to see health and joy and peace and love and goodness flourishing. However, for those who hold such great aspirations, a tricky dilemma arises. How do they assist such change without being critical? How do they open eyes to glorious new possibilities, without highlighting weaknesses in the status quo?
I am learning that by far the most effective way to encourage goodness and beauty to flourish is to identify goodness and beauty. To spot it, label it and claim it. I am learning that I need to change to see things in a more positive light. The only revolutions required are in the way we see the world.
I need to use words more positively.
To focus on good intentions.
To appreciate kindness.
To praise generosity.
To celebrate joy.
Inspired by Biffy Clyro, I need to pray for the gift of seeing the good side.
And believe it's a miracle.