Monday, March 22, 2010

You Decide About 'The Sloppy Wet Kiss'

A really popular praise song is How He Loves Us. It was written by John Mark Mcmillan. When The David Crowder Band released their Church Music Cd they included How He Loves Us.

But wait!! One line of the song was changed.

In the original version it goes like this:

Heaven meets earth like a sloppy wet kiss...

The Crowder version goes like this:

Heaven meets earth like an unforseen kiss...

I was searching the internet for something and ran across the following article I thought it was very interesting.

Now that David Crowder covered “How He Loves” pretty much everyone in the Christian music scene knows the song, which is great because it’s an incredible song that needs to be heard and sung. Fewer are probably aware that John Mark McMillan wrote the song (not Kim Walker) and that David Crowder changed a lyric that some in the church viewed as somewhat inappropriate. Out of that a silly little Christian controversy over the lyric was created. Here is the original lyric:

“So heaven meets earth like a sloppy wet kiss and my heart turns violently inside of my chest”

David Crowder changed the lyric after consulting with John Mark (which was a really cool thing to do by the way) to this:

“So heaven meets earth like an unforseen kiss and my heart…”

I personally appreciate the original line in its correct context. The people that have issues with it typically take it out of context and that’s too bad. I’ve had numerous exchanges on this blog explaining the context of this lyric and why I do not change it when I sing it.

It’s unfortunate John Mark needed to come out and clarify but I think it was an incredibly humble and mature thing for him to do and he did it very well. You should go read for yourself what John Mark has to say about the “sloppy wet kiss” but here it is simply and succinctly:

The idea behind the lyric is that the kingdom of heaven and the kingdom of earth converge in a way that is both beautiful and awkwardly messy. Think about the birth of a child, or even the death of Jesus himself. These miracles are both incredibly beautiful and incredibly sloppy (“gory” may be more realistic, but “Heaven meets earth like a gory mess” didn’t seem to have the same ring.

Okay--that exchange came from Our Rising Sound.

So what do you think? When I sing the song I sing 'sloppy wet kiss.' I really like what was behind the meaning when John Mark wrote it.

How about you? Are you a fan of sloppy or unforseen?


  1. Lindy,

    I love this song because it reminds us so much of how HE LOVES US - undeserving as we are - He still loves us. And yes, I'm sloppy. Life is sloppy. It is rare that life (at least mine) is all neatly packaged, wrapped prettily. It's sloppy and messy and HE loves me anyway.


  2. Which one? Well, my initail response to that would be that I'm a little bit of both, which I would think describes everyone. Messy because I often try to control what I can't and mess stuff up, and unforseen because I can't know every consequence/event that's going to happen. I'm grateful His love doesn't rely on my actions or my ability to be consistently sin-free. Jesus Rocks!

  3. Edwina---He does love us all soooo much! And yes, heaven and earth meeting isn't always clean and neat. And neither are we. We struggle and we grow--day by day.
    All because of His love.

  4. Dianna--we would all be in trouble if we relied on the sin-free life, huh?
    Praise Him for the cross, for all He did because He loves us.

    And I love how the song is loves...current..present....NOW!

  5. I've heard the "sloppy" version. I remember it catching my ear and thinking that was an odd choice of words, yet I wasn't offended. We are the bride of Christ. Would not a bridegroom welcome His bride with a sloppy wet kiss?
    Sometimes I think our perverted world just reads way to much into things.

  6. I agree with Mindy.

    I like both versions, but I'm not opposed and would probably prefer the original version.

    I'm more sloppy in life anyway :)

  7. I think I have that Crowder CD but can't remember that song! I guess it's been too long since I played it!

    I'll heave to listen. And I'll be more aware of the words this time. Thanks for this interesting discussion, Lindi!

  8. Missy,
    It's on his Church Music Cd and the Awakening Cd that Passion just put out. Oh, and the Passion CD debuted 15th on the 200 Billboard charts...secular charts!!