Sentimentality – the opiate of the masses

Compare these two worship songs for a moment…

In the Secret

In the secret,
In the quiet place
In the stillness you are there
In the secret, in the quite hour I wait, only for you
‘Cause I want to know you more

I want to know you
I want to hear your voice
I want to know you more
I want to touch you
I want to see your face
I want to know you more

I am reaching for the highest goals
That I might receive the prize
Pressing onward
Pushing every hindrance aside
Out of my way
Cause I want to know you more



Things haven’t been the same
Since you came into my life
You found a way to touch my soul
And I’m never, ever, ever gonna let it go

Happiness lies in your own hand
It took me much too long to understand
How it could be
Until you shared your secret with me

You gave me back the paradise
That I thought I lost for good
You helped me find the reasons why
It took me by surprise that you understood
You knew all along
What I never wanted to say
Until I learned to love myself
I was never ever lovin’ anybody else


Worship songs, oh did I say worship songs? Sorry, only the first one hails from the Christian music industry. The second hails from Madonna. Spot the difference?

For more read this article on sentimentality in Christian worship songs.

5 thoughts on “Sentimentality – the opiate of the masses

  1. It’s funny that Steve Hayes says the first one is more narcissistic, cause that was my hit too. Yet surprisingly the second one is Madonna’s. What a world, what a world….


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