There is a nasty, often unspoken law in American evangelical Christianity. It’s a kind of gnosticism – a secret knowledge that some have and others, such as I, apparently don’t have. That law is that we’re supposed to be happy all the time and the gnostic secret is the “how.” I’m thankful that God’s Word reckons much more honestly with the human condition. I think these happy gnostics haven’t read the Psalms. The truth is that this is a fallen world, we are fallen people and that, as a consequence, we sometimes rightly sing the blues. Sometimes the blues are all we can sing. Steve Nichols has a new volume out exploring the relationship between the the faith and the blues. I scanned it for a moment yesterday and it looks good. It’s going on my list of books to read.