The Gossip: Heavy Cross

The-Gossip-Heavy-Cross-472324It’s no secret that life in this world can be hard. Sometimes days, weeks, years can go past and you wonder to yourself “is this all worth it?” The world is so full of pain and hurt and suffering. There’s got to be a way out. There’s got to be a survival mechanism. There’s got to be a way to make this life bearable.

To stay on top of things is this world is impossible to do on your own. The pressure is too much. But maybe, just maybe, two people could do it. Maybe if I had someone with me, a boyfriend or girlfriend, whatever. Maybe love is the key to salvation. Maybe love will save the day. As it says in The Gossip’s song Heavy Cross, “It takes two. It’s up to me and you to prove it.” But will love really save the day?


It’s a cruel cruel world, to face on your own,
A heavy cross, to carry along,
The lights are on, but everyone’s gone,
And it’s cruel

It is indeed a cruel cruel world. It’s a world that’s suffering from the effects of the fall. It’s a world full of sin and depravity. How could we possibly cope? How could we possibly survive?

It takes two, it’s up to me and you, to prove it

The answer, according to The Gossip, is love. It takes two. By finding that one true love, by investing yourself into a loving relationship, you will survive. You will be able to take what ever the world throws at you because at least you have the love of your significant other. The world could kill you, but everything would be okay because at least you’d experienced love. It’s not just The Gossip telling us this. It’s our entire society. Our movies, our books, our music, our magazines. Find true love and everything will turn out fine.

Do this and love will become your god.

When you put all your trust in love, love becomes your god. When searching for the one becomes your number one goal, then love becomes your god. When breaking the rules (or laws) becomes a viable option because of love, then love becomes your god. When doing something you know you shouldn’t do becomes okay because you’re in love, love becomes your god.

You cannot serve two gods. You cannot worship God and romantic love. You have to make a choice.

“Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” (1 John 4:8). God is not down on love. But our first priority is to love and serve him. When our pursuit of romantic love interferes with our love for God, then romantic love must take a back step.

Romantic love will not save you. [You] can play it safe, or play it cool, follow the leader, or make up all the rules, but the only way to survive this cruel, cruel world is through the blood of Jesus. God sent his son Jesus to die in your place so you may escape this sinful world, so that you may be saved. Don’t put your faith in the love of a boyfriend or girlfriend. Put your faith in the love of the God who died to save you. That’s the only way to be saved.

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About Joel A Moroney

Associate Minister at St Luke's Anglican Church, Liverpool (in the Sydney Diocese). A very strange man, but he usually has Pez, so that makes it okay.

4 responses to “The Gossip: Heavy Cross”

  1. Audras the Patriot says :

    I am stunned that everyone is ignoring the blatantly obvious Satanic overtones of this video. Look at the logo, an upside-down cross. The site http://www.exposingsatanism.org/signsymbols.htm has a meaning for that. Baphomet at 1:30? Could also be symbolism of the Beast.

    Overall it carries an extremely dark tone, even going so far as to analyze the chord progression, which is a simple one. The progression is E minor to D minor, with the minor-to-minor move that Satanic death metal employs widely (cf. “Allegiance” by Dimmu Borgir, which only has a major chord if you ignore the fact that it’s a seventh chord that ties it back to the Im chord — this is opposed to atheistic death metal, which does not generally carry this progression).

    The gold clothes are loosely sun symbolism and also Satanic. (See http://www.egyptianmyths.net/gold.htm and google sun symbolism)

    The ring on her right finger can be interpreted as sun symbolism or a swastika.

    So far that’s all I’m catching, but that alone proves that this is extremely dangerous and should be avoided by anyone who fears God due to its subversive nature.

    • Joel A Moroney says :

      I don’t know if “ignoring the blatantly obvious” is the phrase I would use.
      I didn’t associate the imagery of the clip with those symbols. More often than not in a film clip imagery is used because it looks cool rather than because it has a deeper meaning. The use of the upside down cross for instance has meanings within Christian heritage that is not part of devil worship, such as the crucifixion of Peter.
      Has anyone read any thing from the band etc that would suggest that there is symbolism in play in the clip?

  2. bezzillion says :

    i was also irretated from the picture – i bought this album. but i think also, that it has a deeper – good – meaning. and in the lyrics of this album there is nothing you can read about satanic. only what i can here is, that they sing about relationships and love and the end of this love

  3. Diana says :

    My thoughts exactly

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