"My Sacrifice" -- A Prayer By Creed
by Patrick Roberts 12/13/2007 / Entertainment
The beginning of Creed's music video for "My Sacrifice" focuses on an elderly man sitting by himself. He is blind, judging by total whiteness of his eyes. This man is an older Scott Stapp. The man sits there, thoughtful, until he begins to sink into a reverie. The camera follows him into his reverie, zooming in on his ghostly eyes, deep enough to see his memories.
The ensuing music video is the old man's daydream. It's a general flashback of his younger years. Everyone is carrying on in his old neighborhood as they used to all those years ago, except everything is covered with about 5 feet of water. There are kids playing baseball, the old movie house and even the mailman. No one is bothered by the water. There are childhood friends, old girlfriends and monks (representing rigid religiosity).
As Scott floats along in his simple boat, he sees a fist rise out of the water, which he grasps and pulls upward. The fist is connected to a replica of himself. His other self rises up out of the water and sits down in the boat with himself. He does a similar rising out of the water in his music video for "With Arms Wide Open." This represents his baptism, or the momentous occasion when he came to life spiritually. When Stapp was baptized he was buried with Christ in death so that he might rise again with Christ in His resurrection, leaving all sin behind, washed clean in God's sight forever.
Toward the End of Creed's music video for "My Sacrifice" there is a violent storm swirling around, filling the air with all kinds of debris. Stapp sits in a nearby diner as he watches a boy take shelter from the storm under a truck. Out in the middle of the storm there is motherly-looking young woman who does her best to stand up to the wind. Despite her violent surroundings, she does her best to look hopeful. This seems to be Stapps supportive mother. The storm dies down and Scott walks out of the diner, to embrace the boy. The music video ends with the boy's eyes fading to white, matching the aforementioned old man's eyes. The eyes zoom back out again and it is the old man coming out of his daydream.
"My Sacrifice" gives a glimpse into Scott Stapp's lifelong spiritual journey. The song addresses someone called "My Sacrifice." This must be Jesus Christ. Who else has died as a sacrifice and yet still lives today so that He might be addressed?
A lesson from "My Sacrifice" is: The journey Christ's people take with Him is real. This journey involves genuine life-experience. The general summation of our lives impacts our spiritual existence and visa versa. The most significant turning point anyone might experience throughout their entire life-experience is baptism in Christ.