John Mark McMillan posted a recent entry to his blog concerning his song, “How He Loves.” With the right audience, this is a really powerful song regarding the passionate love of God. But, some people get hung up on the second verse, specifically the phrase “sloppy wet kiss” in the line “So Heaven meets earth like a sloppy wet kiss.” To be honest, I’ve only heard about people not liking this, but haven’t spoken to anyone who really feels this way. But, apparently, some find it too graphic and/or sensual. They say it’s distracting to their worship.
I’m including a video of Kim Walker singing this. This is the way I learned the song after we sang it at church. The song will likely become even more popular now that the David Crowder Band recorded it for the new CD Church Music. Crowder changed the lyric to “unforeseen kiss,” which is admittedly less jarring. I fault neither Crowder for changing the lyric nor McMillan for allowing him to do so. After all, the song is not really about sloppy, wet kisses and the metaphor is not essential to the message of the lyric. Crowder’s lyric will, in the end, be the one the song will be known by.
But personally, I like the original lyric and I’m glad Kim Walker recorded it. It speaks of both the passion of God and the mess of humanity. It’s both divine and gritty, much like the Incarnation itself. And if it makes people stop and think about what they’re singing in church, so much the better.
Are you singing this song? What lyric will you use?