Playing in the Dirt with the Punks

By Pastor Nate Powell


You have your favorite bands and I have mine. We love to sing along to the words of those songs that we know, and those lyrics often have a deep resonation within us, reminding us of truths that we hold to or people that we love.


That being said, a favorite band of mine penned some of the following lyrics, and I will often be found singing along when I’m jamming to them in the car:


  • “My sleep was shattered by blinding light / High and lifted up upon His throne / Was the great I AM and me alone / Jehovah´s glory was all about / All heaven shook with the angel shout: / “Three times holy is this God of might” / Here am I / Send me / Here am I / Take me / Here am I / Use me / Here am I / Spend me / Send me, take me, use me, spend me / I am not my own.”
  • “Let´s hate all that is evil / And stick with what is good / or else we mock the Man who died / Upon a cross of wood.”
  • “Offering’s the time when proving piety’s a cinch / Thumbing Andrew Jacksons, so that all can catch a glimpse / Your right hand tells your left hand the great sacrifice you’ve made / But the widow’s penny next to you just blew your wad away.”


I could go on with great quotes from one of my favorite bands. The name of the band is One Bad Pig, and they are a Christian Punk Band that landed on the Christian Metal scene in the late 80’s and early 90’s. They had some super quirky, funny and novel things about them, but the funny part is that they have lyrics that have dug their way into my head, and have left a tremendous impact on my faith from the time I was in High School. The guys in OBP love the Lord, a couple of the guys in the band are pastors and their lyrical theology chops are as deep as reading a systematic theology book.


As I was preaching about the washing of the feet and what Christ was willing to do in his incarnation, I was reminded of the lyrics of another OBP song. These lyrics remind me of what Jesus did in his foot washing, his healing and all that he did in his ministry to people. He was clean. They were dirty. But he was not afraid to get his hands dirty.


Get Your Hands Dirty (music/lyrics by Paul Q-Pek):

Click here to listen to the song, if you dare!


“You were sinking deep in sin

You were lost but now you’re found

Been washed whiter than snow

Don’t be afraid to touch the ground

Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty


To the punks and the prostitutes

The homeless, poor and needy

You are called to the least of these

Don’t be afraid to love the unlovely

Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty


The Son of Man wrote in the dirt

He spit, made mud and healed the blind

He saw me wallowing deep in my sin

And he embraced this filthy swine

Christ our Lord, he got his hands dirty!

Praise the Lord, he got his hands dirty!”


As a pastor, I don’t really care that much about getting you into any type of music … Christian Punk may not be your cup of tea. But I am very into growing a group of disciples at ACC who are becoming more like Jesus. Remember this week: He washed feet. He got his hands dirty so we could be clean. And he calls us to love like he has loved us. Remember his words: “If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you.” (John 13:14-15)


Are you willing to get your hands dirty this week with the savior to love and serve those God has placed around you?


Hearts clean. Hands dirty. Let’s serve!


Pastor Nate