Loving the Least of These – Kings & Queens – Audio Adrenaline
Matthew 25:40 is clear. When we serve the needy, the poor, the lonely, and the orphaned, we are serving Christ. Christians are called to love the least of these as Christ loves us. When we love the least of these, God uses us to liberate the poor from their poverty.
Kings & Queens, the first single and title track from the first release of the re-formed Christian rock band Audio Adrenaline, is a powerful cry for the church to love the least of these. It’s an anthem of service for the orphans, for the most vulnerable.
When Audio Adrenaline broke up in 2007 due to lead singer Mark Stuart’s vocal problems, Stuart and bassist Will McGinnis focused their efforts on the Hands and Feet project, the name of which comes from the AudioA song Hands and Feet, still perhaps the quintessential Christian mission trip song. The Hands and Feet project provides care for 100 orphaned and abandoned children in southern Haiti, one of the poorest countries in the world.
Here’s the story behind the song, in the words of Mark Stuart and new lead singer Kevin Max (formerly of DC Talk).
As lead vocalist Kevin Max describes, this song is “Telling the story of how God literally changes the lives of those when we bring them into His grace and into His safekeeping.”
When we love the least of these, God takes the most vulnerable, those the world has forgotten and makes them kings and queens. God is in the business of changing lives, choosing those the world sees as weak. (1 Corinthians 1:27)
Isn’t that what we want to happen on a mission trip? For God to take the inadequate gifts of a bunch of incompetent, unprofessional people and use our feeble gifts to change people’s lives for the better? God is the one who changes lives, but God works through our gifts, through our efforts.
Lyrically, the bridge is particularly powerful.
If not us, who will be like Jesus
To the least of these
If not us tell me who will be like Jesus
Like Jesus to the least of these
That’s a hugely powerful message to share as the body of Christ.
This energetic song works well over a slideshow of mission trip photos, particularly photos of a mission group interacting with children, perhaps at a school program or vacation Bible school.
Here’s the music video, which is itself essentially a mission trip video.