“Wow,” is the simplest way to express my reaction to Casting Crowns’ “Slow Fade.” My favorite lines
It’s the second glance that ties your hands as darkness pulls the strings …
The journey from your mind to your hands
Is shorter than you’re thinking
and these lines from the chorus
It’s a slow fade when black and white have turned to gray …
People never crumble in a day.
The video tells a story of an affair, but these warnings can apply to temptation for any sin. The first sin is a prime example. The serpent’s words (“Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” Gen. 3:1) planted an idea in Eve’s head and her thoughts, about wanting the fruit and wanting the wisdom the serpent told her about, ultimately led to action.
Like I wrote recently about watching movies or listening to music with questionable content, it starts small ,with one justification (“I’ll just watch this one questionable movie. One movie won’t affect me”) and before you know you’re living in gray. It’s a slow fade.
One of my favorite examples of just how early sin starts is David and Bathsheba. David’s “big” sins were committing adultery with Bathsheba and then murdering her husband to cover it up. But in my opinion David was doing the wrong thing long before he ever slept with Bathsheba. First he wasn’t where he was supposed to be. In 2 Samuel 11:1 it says it was a time when kings went to battle but David didn’t go; he sent someone else. If he’d been at battle where he should have been he’d never seen her bathing in the first place. Then once he saw her he “inquired” about her. That’s the “second glance” Casting Crowns is singing about. Slowly his sin snowballed from not being where he was supposed to be, to looking at something inappropriate, to lust, to adultery, to murder. The song says “Thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paid” — David’s price? The child Bathsheba was carrying died.
To me, the message of this song is just an excellent reminder to, like the children’s church song says, “Be careful little eyes what you see, … Be careful little feet where you go, … Be careful little ears what you hear, … and Be careful little hands what you do.”