Wrong Side of Heaven (a reflection)

When deployed to Iraq a few years ago.  I was driving past a concert after a day of Chapel services.  I stopped to see what was going on.  The music was different from what I was used to and I asked one of the Soldiers, “Who is this band?”  They looked at me like I was so uncool and said, “It’s 5 Finger Death Punch!” I replied, “oh thanks”.  When I headed back to my compound and told some of my friends, they said “no way” and were mad that I saw them.

They recently posted a music video that has been popular through social media entitled,

Wrong Side of Heaven. It is worth your attention and reflection.

The videos communicates on various levels.

The words to the song (below), with various images of war on the homefront and battlefront, and messages about the needs that Veterans have.

I spoke to god today, and she said that she’s ashamed.
What have I become, what have I done?
I spoke to the devil today, and he swears he’s not to blame.
And I understood, cuz I feel the same.Arms wide open, I stand alone.
I’m no hero, and I’m not made of stone.
Right or wrong, I can hardly tell.
I’m on the wrong side of heaven, and the righteous side of hell.
I’m on the wrong side of heaven, and the righteous side, righteous side of hell.I heard from god today, and she sounded just like me.
What have I done, and who have I become.
I saw the devil today, and he looked a lot like me.
I looked away, I turned away!Arms wide open, I stand alone.
I’m no hero, and I’m not made of stone.
Right or wrong, I can hardly tell.
I’m on the wrong side of heaven, and the righteous side of hell.
I’m on the wrong side of heaven, and the righteous side, the righteous side of hell.I’m not defending, downward descending,
falling further and further away!
I’m closer EVERYDAY!I’m getting closer every day, to the end.
The end, The end, the end,
I’m getting closer EVERYDAY!Arms wide open, I stand alone.
I’m no hero, and I’m not made of stone.
Right or wrong, I can hardly tell.
I’m on the wrong side of heaven, and the righteous side of hell.
I’m on the wrong side of heaven, and the righteous side of hell.
I’m on the wrong side of heaven, and the righteous side, the righteous side of hell.
What feeling do you have from watching the video and reading the lyrics to this song?
-Admittedly mine are mixed, but I am provoked and challenged.
We must connect, care, and communicate in deeper and more profound ways.
The song, Wrong Side of Heaven gives voice to the feelings many have.
The truth is that it is a reality that many are living, now.
Reflect on the needs of those we serve and question the most effective way to respond as we prepare and preach.
       *Use some of these questions to get you started and add some of your own:
  • As a Chaplain and/or preacher how will you respond?
  • How will your sermon help bridge the gap between how one feels about God and the truth of how God feels about them?
  • Will your message listen to and/or answer one’s cry for help?
  • Will what say help heal the broken heart or the weary soul?
  • Is there hope?  Do you care?  Does God Care?

As Chaplains we must understand those we serve and seek to connect them to the ONE whom we serve!