Today’s song reminds me of one of the first worldview classes that I taught at Red Lion. One of the first units introduced moral, immoral, and amoral. In the passage below, the apostle Paul is addressing individuals who are amoral or have never been introduced to God. Paul speaks to traces of heaven like an early morning sunrise, the appearance of a giant rainbow following a rainstorm, or a clear night sky filled with countless stars. These are signs of God’s invisible qualities.
For God’s [holy] wrath and indignation are revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who in their wickedness repress and hinder the truth and make it inoperative. 19 For that which is known about God is evident to them and made plain in their inner consciousness, because God [Himself] has shown it to them. 20 For ever since the creation of the world His invisible nature and attributes, that is, His eternal power and divinity, have been made intelligible and clearly discernible in and through the things that have been made (His handiworks). So [men] are without excuse [altogether without any defense or justification], Romans 1:18-20.
Bryan Duncan uses the innocence of a child to illustrate the message of his song Traces of Heaven. Depending upon your family, friends and teachers you’ve had in life, you will receive various explanation for questions to the meaning of life. These influences will shape your character toward moral or immoral. Anyone growing up outside the church will likely claim to be amoral, not knowing right from wrong, until meeting someone who shares the gospel of Jesus to them. May Bryan’s song help you see everyday Trace of Heaven in 2023.
by Jay Mankus