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Song: This Is Absolution
Artist: Killswitch Engage
Album: As Daylight Dies

This Is Absolution

We will not die this way
In unification
They cannot break
These chains of faith

Let them do their worst
Never slaves to
Iniquity

We will not die this way
This is absolution
Death claims us no more
Do not grieve
End the suffering
We will live
Live eternal

Will you take this stance
Among the dead?
Bury your fear
And hold fast to life?

We will not die this way
This is absolution
Death claims us no more
Do not grieve
End the suffering
We will live
Live eternal

Anchor yourself
To the foundation
Of everything you are
Believe
You have just begun
To live

Don’t let the world deceive you
Don’t let their words betray you
Don’t let their lies deceive you
Let them do their worst

We will not die this way
This is absolution
Death claims us no more
Do not grieve
End the suffering
We will live
Live eternal

©2006 Killswitch Engage

This Is Absolution – Music Video

I’ll be perfectly blunt.  This song doesn’t have what some might typically consider critical to a discussion of soteriology, or salvation as effected by and through Jesus Christ.  No explicit cross, no explicit Jesus, but through my established Christian lens and filter, this song speaks salvation.  In spite of lies, deceits, iniquities and betrayals, we have eternal life.  Death has been overcome and holds no power over us any longer.  From my seminary days in systematic theology class when this was first discussed, this particular song was the first thing that came to mind.  As I’ve continued to mull it over, I stand by my choice.

Aside from the chorus of the song, the most sure words are, “Anchor yourself to the foundation of everything you are.”  For me, that foundation is Christ.  After all, if Christ is not the foundation, then I have no business labeling myself as a Christian.  Additionally, as we proclaim salvation is by Christ alone, without Christ there would not exist salvation.  I find it interesting that salvation can be defined as “the act of saving from harm, risk or destruction” or as “deliverance from the power and penalty of sin” and that absolution is defined as the “declaration or assurance of divine forgiveness.”  Absolution, then, equals salvation.

This song speaks not of the hope of salvation, but rather of its surety.  Salvation is not in question.  Out of that surety, we are able to stand among the dead.  It may not be the best manner or hold the critical elements of soteriology, but I believe it has the capacity to, at least, open a discussion.  “Do not grieve.  We will live eternal.”

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