Why “sticks and stones” by Kings Kaleidoscope is an important reminder to the modern church.

So at the time of writing, “The beauty between” (the newest Kings kaleidoscope mixtape) is not even a day old, and though it is different to the previous instalments from my favourite Christian band, it’s still an amazing album in its own right, i’ll leave a link to the whole thing at the end of this post, but there’s one song that i want to focus on today, it’s a song that i have a lot of love for, and a song that i truly feel, is important to the church at large, and that song is “Sticks and Stones”

It seems every time i listen to a Kk album, there’s a song that hits me on a level that no other song can, “becoming who we are” had “light after darkness” a song that inspired the name of this blog. “Beyond control” had “a prayer” a song i still consider a turning point for worship. And “the beauty Between” has “sticks and stones” why do i think so highly of this song? Let’s look through the lyrics, and maybe you’ll understand why.

The first verse is as follows:

Did I pledge my allegiance
For the purpose of progress
To a priest or a prophet
Playing god in the process?
Was I chasing convenience
In a wave of disaster
Where the captain’s a captor
And I’m a puppet to pastor?

Wow. Just wow. This is why i love this band so much, they add a level of depth to every song they write that very few artists or bands could even dream to match.

The first half of this verse really hits me on a number of levels. It really is questioning this idea if we do truly commit ourselves to God, or instead to the church we attend. Not to say that helping in our churches is a bad thing, not at all, but when we feel like that’s where our service to the Lord begins and ends, then there’s a problem.

this verse to me seems like a call from Chad’s perspective for the church to move away from this cult of personality that the modern church has been known to suffer from. A call to leave behind this idea that we should focus more on our church leaders rather than the one that we’re supposed to come and worship, to the point where God comes second to those we may come to idolize that stand in the altar.

Moving on to the pre-hook/hook:

A worthless war
A curtain torn
To take control of this ship
A nail of shame
A broken vein
To write redemption a script
A truth-less gun
A dying Son
To turn the tables we flipped
Turn the tables we flipped

Paint the beauty we split


This a perfect contrast to the first verse in my opinion. We’ve moved from our struggles in the church, back to the focus of what and who our lives should revolve around, our salvation and the one who saved us, Jesus. I love the lyrics as they’re not only cleverly placed, but so powerful. Especially the “turn the tables we flipped” line, reminding us that in Jesus, all things are new, and even the situations we feel are broken beyond repair, are secured in his hands.

Moving onto the second verse (sung by Lindsay Gardner)

They don’t get it, I don’t get it
We’re committed to sticks and stones
What’s a vision if it’s driven to imprison?
I don’t know
They don’t get it, I don’t get it
We’re committed to sticks and stones
Undecided, but I’m trying still divided
So it goes

I take the first two lines of this verse to talk about how we’ve become a people of trying to hurt each other (sticks and stones may break my bones ect) rather than come together as people of God and unite under the cross. However, it’s the line “what’s a vision if driven to imprison?” that really interests me.

To me, this line really does seem like a dig at the mega church mentality. This idea that, it’s about the amount of people who attend our church, rather than the amount of people that not only love God, but want to live for him. and that this vision of filling stadiums with people singing the name of Jesus, without really knowing what it means to live for him, and without knowing the power that name has, is not only missing the point, but is actively imprisoning the believers in those sorts of environments to bring people to church rather than bring the gospel to those that want to know more about Jesus.

We go back to the hook before we come to the ending lyrics of this amazing song:

Show me a man, an honest mission
I’m willing to hope beyond suspicion
Show me the race, I’ll run the distance
Longing to give and taste forgiveness
Dying to live a pure religion
Settle the rush to chase submission
Open my eyes and soul to listen

In my opinion, there’s no better way to end this beautiful song. This to me, seems like an honest cry to move past all the faults of this world, to clear through the lies and heartbreak, in order to truly try to find Jesus, even in the most difficult of times. We should be a people who are willing to push through the heartbreak in order to see our Lord in those dark times, but we can’t always say that’s the case.

So, why do i think this song is so important for us as the modern church? Because this song is almost a mirror into the faces of our church. These lyrics are important to us because they show us some of our biggest failings, when we allow personalities and our leadership to define us more than our saviour, that’s when we’ve messed up. When we make our faith about point-scoring and numbers in the congregation rather than our journey with the living God, and coming together as the body of Christ, that’s when we’ve messed up.  And the sooner we realise that we’ve made these mistakes, the quicker we can get to resolving them, even if that’s just a step at a time.

I thank the Lord for songs like this, because it’s the reminder that we as the church need.  How can we be not of the world if we can’t even see our own failings?  We already know  in the same way iron sharpens iron we sharpen each other  (proverbs 27:17) but how often do we actually use that chance to be sharpened as the church? And to me at least, it’s one of those times. My prayer is that we can be a church that pushes the unimportant stuff to one side, and always put our relationship with God first, along with bringing his kingdom to earth. I truly believe that, when this happens, we’ll be one step closer to bringing this world to Christ once more.

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Thank you for reading and May God Bless you.

The beauty between mixtape- The beauty between- Kings kaleidoscope

The song in question Sticks & stones Kings Kaleidoscope


6 thoughts on “Why “sticks and stones” by Kings Kaleidoscope is an important reminder to the modern church.

  1. When Chad spoke at my school he talked about the pain of being a part of Mars Hill church and mentioned how a lot of the drama that ensued there really impacted his life so I’m not surprised by these deep reflections. Love your analysis! Thanks for sharing.


  2. I like this song too. BUT then I’m sitting here and the song comes up on TV used in a Lexus commercial. So i thought hmm that’s odd let me google and see what the take is on the meat and meaning in this song. Which led me here to your post. Good points. But why did they have to sell it off to Lexus :/ consumerism smh


  3. I didn’t understand the chorus when I heard it and it was bugging me. I ended up hear trying to figure it out. The song is beautiful and falls in line with what I’ve been wrestling with for a bit now. I look at the believers persecuted around the world and their faith thinking, “as hard as their walk is, it makes so much more sense than how I live and see others living.” So I know the culture of the western church needs correcting, but given our freedoms and privileges, what would that look like here?


  4. Super interesting points! A lot of what you wrote really resonates with me.

    I honestly didn’t even realize this was a Christian band until I googled the lyrics and read through this post. I don’t ID as Christian, but I love a lot of the rad sentiments that can be found in Christian music, so sometimes Spotify mixes Christian jams into my recs and I don’t even notice until later.

    I haven’t heard anything else by this band yet, but the way you describe their music as a whole has me really looking forward to exploring more of their work.

    Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts!


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