Apr 04, 2018
Is Cory Asbury's "Reckless Love" Heretical?
"O the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God..." Right now, Cory Asbury's "Reckless Love" is the No. 1 song on the Christian charts. Christians everywhere love the song and what it says about God's love for us. Many wonder, however, if using the term "reckless" in describing God is erroneous or even heretical.
According to Pentecostal theologian Andrew K. Gabriel, "reckless" couldn't be farther from the truth of the nature of God's love for His people:
I searched for the meaning of 'reckless,' and Almighty Google tells me that 'reckless' describes someone who acts 'without thinking or caring about the consequences of an action.'
I tried the more respectable Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, and, similarly, it defines reckless as 'marked by lack of proper caution: careless of consequences' and even as 'irresponsible.'
I don’t think too many Christians would like to say that God is “careless” or that God’s love doesn’t 'care about consequences.' Instead, God loves us with the clear and thoughtful intention…"
However, hosts of popular YouTube Channel Worship Tutorials make it a point to emphasize that Asbury's lyrics are referring to God’s love and how He gives it, not His identity or nature.
"Both sides make some good points," says Relevant Magazine's Andre Henry, who argues that the song is decidedly not heretical. "One side says God is intentional. True. If Ephesians 2:10 is any indication, God reconciling the world unto Godself is a calculated effort that’s been in the works for a long time—like, ever. The other side says, but God did act without caring about the consequences to Godself when pursuing redemption for humanity. Also, true."