For years, radio stations and churches have been playing and singing this song as an act of worship. Worship to a God of reckless love; a God not in the Bible or of this world. Let’s start with the first problem: usage of the word “reckless.”
Musicians love to use words creatively, so they can entertain and touch people in new ways. Think about the lyrics, “the heart wants what it wants,” by Selena Gomez. To be honest, I do not think those lyrics are sensical; however, the lyrics are sensical if we think creatively and within the context of the song. Thus, a likely interpretation of those lyrics is that our emotions to love, and not to love, are not in our control.
Likewise, when someone hears the song, “Reckless Love,” that person might interpret the lyrics “reckless love” as meaning, “selfless love” or even “unconditional love.” However, that is not what the word “reckless” means, and Asbury’s definition entails he is not using a literary device (see the above definition).
Word usage matters. Creativity is a gift from God, and Christians need to be careful to use words correctly; especially when speaking of God.
Is God’s love reckless? Asbury claims, “He [God] is utterly unconcerned with the consequences of His actions with regards to His own safety, comfort, and well-being.” It seems hard to believe that God is unconcerned with the consequences of his actions (e.g., does God not do things for certain outcomes?), and it seems odd to t