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Jars of Clay  -“They’ll Know We Are Christians By Our Love”

Jars of Clay
  • Artist: Jars Of Clay
  • Title:  They’ll Know We Are Christians By Our Love
  • Genre: Gospel
  • Released Year: 2001
  • Duration: 03:17
  • Album: Redemption Songs
  • File type: MP3

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Jars of Clay is a Christian rock band from Nashville, Tennessee. The members met at Greenville College in Greenville, Illinois. Jars of Clay consists of Dan Haseltine on vocals, Charlie Lowell on piano and keyboards, Stephen Mason on lead guitars and Matthew Odmark on rhythm guitars. Although the band has no permanent drummer or bass guitarist, Jeremy Lutito and Gabe Ruschival of Disappointed by Candy fill these roles for live concerts. Past tour band members include Aaron Sands, Scott Savage, and Joe Porter. Jars of Clay’s style is a blend of alternative rock, folk, acoustic, and R&B.

The band’s name is derived from the New International Version’s translation of 2 Corinthians 4:7. This verse is paraphrased in their song “Four Seven”, which appears as a hidden track on the CD release of their self-titled album.

Author Marva Dawn says that if the local church is to reflect the real diversity of the body of Christ, then everybody has to sing songs they don’t like. This track is an apt closing to Redemption Songs as it reminds us the gospel is bigger than what we as Christians choose to sing, and though we may disagree with each other about what to sing in worship, it’s vital to have those discussions with love. “It’s an interesting thought to leave people with on the record,” Steve says. “There is an ethereal quality to it, but at the heart of it, but truly people should know us by our love, not our protests or by our political leanings or whether we should be fighting a war or not, but defined by Christ. It’s love, first and foremost.”

Steve Mason shares a closing thought. “Part of our hope is that through this process of reaching back and listening to the way we as the church over the years have worshiped and approached God, it will help us hear the modern music we’re singing in a different way,” he says. “It reshapes the songs. It gives us a new context in which we hear these songs.” (Jars Of Clay)

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