“Hold on Loosely”


38 Special had a song on the 1980 album, Wild-eyed Southern Boys, titled “Hold On Loosely”. I heard this song on the radio a few days ago and it has stuck with me. If you’ve been reading the blog, you know that one of the areas I am drawn to is the connection between traditional Christianity and its transition into the post-modern world. Specifically, the way that certain aspects of the religion are being augmented, jettisoned or distinctly transformed from their pre-modern, Enlightenment Era definitions.

This song describes, for me, the context with which we must hold all religious beliefs. In one part of the lyrics the song says, ” Just hold on loosely, but don’t let go / If you cling to tightly, /you’re gonna lose control.” Definitely a thought worth pondering in relation to religion and the give/take struggle we often face.

We must hold on to our beliefs, but not so tightly that when it becomes apparent our beliefs contradict truth and reality we find it difficult or impossible to let go.  This is not to say that faith has no place – it certainly does – but only when the faith is based on truth. So-called “blind-faith” is no faith at all.

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One Comment on ““Hold on Loosely””

  1. Stormng Says:

    favorited this one, man

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