Joan Osborne popularized “One of Us” in the mid-1990’s. What causes a song like this to make its way into the mainstream of music listening? Such references to God are not commonplace in popular music, yet we do see other occasional examples (“Jesus Is Just Alright,” “Put Your Hand in the Hand,” and “Oh, Happy Day,” all from the 1960’s-1970’s). I can’t explain why this happens – but I love it when it does.
This clip includes the lyrics below the video when you view it on the YouTube site. The lyrics ask rhetorical questions to make the listener think. Ironically, however, practically all the questions are answered fully in the New Testament wherein God was one of us – namely, Jesus. Thus, the “What if God was one of us?” question is not rhetorical at all.
And, lest we forget, Jesus said, “As much as you have [helped or ignored] the least of these My brethren, you have [helped or ignored] Me.” (Matthew 25:31-46) Therefore, it behooves us to always act as if God was among us. He is.