"Stained Glass Masquerade" as written by and John Mark Hall....
Is there anyone that fails?
Is there anyone that falls?
Am I the only one in church today, feeling so small?
Cause when I take a look around
Everybody seems so strong
I know they'll soon discover
That I don't belong
So I tuck it all away
Like everything's OK
If I make em all believe it
Maybe I'll believe it too
So with a painted grin
I'll play the part again
So everyone will see me
The way that I see them

Are we happy plastic people
Under shiny plastic steeples
With walls around our weakness
And smiles that hide our pain
But the invitations open
To every heart that's been broken
Maybe then we close the curtain
On our stained glass masquerade

Is there anyone who's been there?
Are there any hands raised?
Am I the only one who's traded
In the altar for a stage?
The performance is convincing
And we know every line in my heart
Only when no one is watching can we really fall apart
But would it set me free
If I dared to let you see
The truth behind the person
You imagine me to be
Or would your eyes be opened
Or would you walk away
Would the love of Jesus
Be enough to make you stay?

Are we happy plastic people
Under shiny plastic steeples
With walls around our weakness
And smiles that hide our pain
But the invitations open
To every heart that's been broken
Maybe then we close the curtain
On our stained glass masquerade

Are we happy plastic people
Under shiny plastic steeples
With walls around our weakness
And smiles that hide our pain
But the invitations open
To every heart that's been broken
Maybe then we close the curtain
On our stained glass masquerade

If the invitations open
To every heart that has been broken
Maybe then we close the curtain
On our stained glass masquerade

Is there anyone that fails?
Is there anyone that falls?
Am I the only one in church today, feeling so small?


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"Stained Glass Masquerade" as written by Nichole Nordeman John Mark Hall

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    General Commentthis song is so true....we all have little things that we hide from people. wow. i'm so glad i found a church where i dont have to do this anymore.

    god bless
    jessicrocodileon May 07, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis is a song about accepting people who come to church and being open to people.
    happymikon July 12, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti agree with both statements above, however, i think that there is more to it. true, you can't really dissect a song that was not written by you because there is so much emotion behind writing at times. i think it has a lot to do with the fronts that we put up as christians. on sunday we act different than any other day of the week. we act different around family than we would around friends (not everybody.. there are few who claim to be near perfect lol) but.. i think its about how we try to act good on sunday at church so that people think we are good people with no problems. just sit back and listen to the song in solitude. you can really get a lot from it for sure without a doubt !
    itzadoodzyon November 27, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis is exactly how im feeling atm as i can quite easily fake the feeelings on the surface which is what i think this song is about
    petecon June 05, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis is exactly how im feeling atm as i can quite easily fake the feeelings on the surface which is what i think this song is about
    petecon June 05, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is great... on of my teachers sang it at the school talent show. And it's so true! itzadooodzy, I think you've hit the nail on the head. We go to church and smile, and act like nothing's wrong, as if our life is always perfectly focused on Christ. I've got a friend whose mother curses out her kids, trying to get them to church on time. :[ We aren't perfect; we're God'd works-in-progress. We should act as such. Problems aren't immediately solved when we accept Christ; I think this might be what makes the secular world see us as fake, and often hypocrites. Casting Crowns addresses issues wonderfully.
    x3TurnItUpx3on June 12, 2007   Link
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    General CommentTo me, it's all about hiding the pain. Hiding what you're going through. It's about saying 'la dee da I'm happy because I'm a christian' when really, you're in so much pain, even though you are a christian.

    I see a lot of me in this song. I hate showing people I'm going through something rough. Because I think it'll tell others that being a christian doesn't help anything. So, my mind says 'I need to tell the world I'm happy even though I'm not because they might not come to Christ if I tell them I'm not happy'

    the part that gets me the most is 'traded in the altar for a stage' We've let ourselves stop being transparent so that we can pretend everything's okay. We've let ourselves stop outwardly showing we're going to God, and instead, outwardly lie and say everything's fine. To truly reach a broken world, we need to show them what God can do with broken people.

    Monica
    deet09on September 24, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI feel exactly like the first verse. I'm not sure I understand the the part below though. Can anybody help?

    Are we happy plastic people
    Under shiny plastic steeples
    With walls around our weakness
    And smiles to hide our pain
    But if the invitation's open
    To every heart that has been broken
    Maybe then we close the curtain
    On our stained glass masquerade
    Falcon4on December 31, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis song reminds me of a quote that DC talk uses in one of their songs. "The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians who acknowledge Jesus with their lips then walk out the door and Deny him with their lifestyle. That's what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable."
    It is so true! We only act like Christians around people who we feel we have to. Then we get to work or school and just push it all to the back of our minds. How are we supposed to share what we have found in God's great love if we keep doing that? To all you people out there who think "Christians" are judgmental and rude, I actually could say that I agree. Sort of. Not all of us are. It's the ones that go about this in the wrong way and try to force crap on you. Honestly, whether you believe it or not, God loves all of us no matter how bad we screw up. As long as we go back to Him. Trust me, His arms are always open to anybody (if only you knew half of my past). I love this song because that is what I get from it. That all of us "Christians" need to stop just pretending and actually live your life how we are supposed to. Maybe if all of us could do that, people wouldn't hate us as much. Anyways, that's all I have to say. God bless you all! Peace, love, robots =]
    alistrine13on December 15, 2010   Link

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