Tauren Wells shared earlier this week that his from his song "Crazy About You" has been denied airplay from at least 13 Christian radio stations because radio programmers claim it is theologically incorrect. The song is from Wells' latest album Joy in the Morning and includes two lines that some Christians have found problematic. Those lyrics are: "He's never been mad at you, He's only been madly in love," and, "He's never held your past against you, He's only held you close."
Wells discussed the song in the Instagram video, which spanned about 30 minutes and included him reacting to feedback from fans. Wells said the he is open to correction if his lyrics are in error and shared that the criticism has forced him to dig deeper into the lyrics, but but still can't find anything theologically wrong with them. "Listen to 'Crazy About You.' Tell me if you think I'm biblically in error. Let me know," he said.
"When I'm writing a song like Crazy About You, I'm really thinking about what Jesus did, what Jesus did on the cross, what Jesus thinks about us, how Jesus responds to us, how Jesus responds to our sin, how Jesus responds to sinners," Wells said.
During the video, Wells read Scripture and also from the book Gentle and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers by Dane Ortlund. Wells read several verses, including Jesus' words, in Matthew 11:28-30.
He added he wants to "look at Jesus through His own lens."
"Does God hate sin? Yes. That's why He created a solution to save people from sin," Wells said. "He hates sin. He loves people. He had to create a solution to rescue people from their sins. Why? Because although He hates sin, He loves people. That's why it's crazy. And that's why I used the word 'crazy' -- to us, it is illogical, it does not make sense the way that Jesus operates. But beneath the anger and the wrath of God is the provision and the love of God which drives Him, compels Him to sacrifice His one and only Son, for the redemption of humanity, you and I."
Wells quoted Jesus' words on the cross: "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do."
"That is just extraordinary kindness to me. ... Was Jesus hanging up there mad at the thieves? Was He mad at the people crucifying Him? ... I think I would rather be guilty, though, of exaggerating the goodness of God, which you can't do. And that's kind of my whole point."