Tuesday, August 3, 2010

ART: "What is Love?" (Howard Jones)


I spoke in my last artistic exegesis about the song/video "What is Love?" by Howard Jones, and how it was the "interpretive key" to "Look of Love" by ABC.

Jones sings the following: "Can anybody love anyone so much that they will never fear? ... They cannot love this much nobody can, This is why I don't mind you doubting". He is right - the love man can give is always going to be incomplete and lacking to some degree. Only Christ loved this radically.

That is why Jones asks, "What is love anyway? Does anybody love anybody anyway?" The answer is "yes and no". "Yes", some love others to some degree, and sometimes that love is strong. But "No", no human loves another human in such a way that it is "love" in the ultimate and complete sense. That is why there will always be some "doubt" in our relationships, and we will always hold back to some degree, even if just a little bit.

Which is why our hearts will be restless until they rest in God. A lover must always point his beloved to the Ultimate Lover and lead her to Him. Btw, notice the religious imagery in the background at strategic points in the video ...

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