Chris Martin of Coldplay unknowingly lives out his childhood Christian beliefs (Part 7 of notes from June 23, 2012 Dallas Coldplay Concert)

Coldplay Live in Dallas – Lover’s in Japan Ball Drop

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Live From the American Airlines Center in Dallas Texas June 22, 2012
Coldplay – Lover’s in Japan
Ball Drop

Coldplay brought confetti, lights and thousands of fans to the American Airlines Center; see photos from their colorful show

 

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Chris Martin was brought up as an evangelical Christian but he left the faith once he left his childhood home. However, there are been some actions in his life in the last few years that demonstrate that he still is grappling with his childhood Chistian beliefs. This is the seventh part of a series I am starting on this subject and today I want to talk about the word “heaven” which is mentioned in some Coldplay songs. Chris Martin grew up with the biblical view that heaven exists and he has left his biblical views behind now but he just can’t shake this view that heaven exists and he wants to go there someday.

On June 23, 2012 my son Wilson and I got to attend a Coldplay Concert in Dallas. It was great. We drove down earlier in the day from our home in Little Rock, Arkansas. One of my favorite songs is “Glass of Water” from 2008 but they didn’t play it. Here is a clip of it off youtube:

The song “Glass of Water” sheds some more light on where we could possibly go after we die: “Oh he said you could see a future inside a glass of water, with riddles and the rhymes, He asked ‘Will I see heaven in mine?’ ”

Coldplay is clearly searching for spiritual answers but it seems they have not found them quite yet. The song “42“: “Time is so short and I’m sure, There must be something more.” Then in the song “Lost” Martin sings these words: “Every river that I tried to cross, Every door I ever tried was locked..”

Christian Today reported in 2008:

Coldplay’s encounter with God in Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends

by George Critchley, Damaris TrustPosted: Wednesday, July 9, 2008, 11:13 (BST)

The writer of Ecclesiastes shares this experience as he writes:Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.
What does anyone gain from their toil under the sun?
Generations come and go but the earth remains forever. (Ecclesiastes 1:2-4, NIV)
The reason he sees for this lack of meaning, is that ‘God has put eternity in the hearts of men’ (Ecc. 3:11), which suggests that, compared to eternity, everything else is temporary and therefore useless. In the chorus of ‘Viva La Vida’, the thought comes to the displaced king that, despite all his time and effort constructing a great and powerful kingdom, with security and wealth, he has wasted his time, as all his work has not earned him a place in heaven: ‘I know Saint Peter won’t call my name.’Even the singer says it is about arriving at the Pearly gates. ‘It’s about . . .[finding] you’re not on the list . . . It’s always fascinated me, that idea of finishing your life and then being analyzed on it,’ Martin told Q magazine.Thankfully, this bitter regret at the realisation of a wasted life does not need to be an inevitability, as Jesus revealed that there is a way to ‘store up treasure in heaven’(Matthew 6:19-24). This doesn’t mean working just as hard for worthy causes, but instead making Jesus your treasure, for when all else passes away, all kingdoms have fallen, and all security is gone, God will remain: timeless, everlasting, unchanging and secure.As this Coldplay album finishes, the final track illustrates the conclusion they have reached as a result of this discovery of the temporary nature of the world, and the inevitability of death, as the whole band sing in unison:I don’t want to battle from beginning to end,
I don’t want a cycle of recycled revenge, I don’t want to follow death and all of his friends.
It appears that the best selling album of the year, a record-breaker by many accounts, is one which taps into the yearning of every heart, for eternity, for peace, and ultimately, for God.This article was first published on Damaris’ Culturewatch website (www.culturewatch.org) – used with permission.
© Copyright George Critchley (2008)
Maybe Chris Martin will return to Christianity and find his way to heaven. I pray that he does.

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