Journal of a Revolutionary
André Costa, a fourth year Trinity student, is a talented Brazilian soccer player, musician, and philosopher. To the North American ear, his charming Portuguese tone has a delightful Latin American flavor and invokes visions of sunnier Brazilian shores. With some basic translation, however, one can easily see that his lyrics have a much deeper meaning. André's newest song, "The Journal of a Revolutionary", exposes the pharisaic lives of those who consider themselves "Revolutionary" or even "Hipster". Based on André's experience in a public University in Brazil, the song is also applicable to North American "hipsters" who are preoccupied with "saving the world" while their own lives are a mess. He describes the Brazilian University as evangelical, but in a purely ironic way. They are evangelical toward the good news of academic atheism and left wing intellectual superiority.
"The contradictions of the revolutionary mind are just so funny…" André explains, "When you think about it… [it’s like saying] I'm going to save the world riding a bike but I’m okay killing a baby." But this is a generational sin, he continues, "the evidence lies in the simple fact that I did something wrong yesterday, I did it again today, and I probably left my house and my room is still a mess"
This is how André's song begins, in the form of a journal written by a so called, "Revolutionary". One particularly cynical line states, "I never throw trash on the ground, saving the planet is the priority… Life has worth but there are exceptions found, the baby who comes unexpectedly"
The theologian David Bentley Hart is an inspiration to André. His revolutionary concept is that "the idea of creating a better world wouldn't even be possible without Christianity." Before the Judeo-Christian paradigm of a new heaven and a new earth, it wasn't a possibility to try to do something better with this world. The sin lies in our attempt to associate Christianity with the kinds of social good that are so popular to our generation. This is what André tries to express through his music: that instead of associating Christianity so closely with a particular social cause, such as saving the animals, we should be focused on the gospel of Jesus Christ.
You can listen to André Costa's song, "Diário de um revolucionário" or "The Journal of Revolutionary" with English subtitles, on his Youtube channel. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TkVG2KcP2_c