These...acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. People who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland...they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.This sense of longing permeates much Christian spirituality (and rightly so). But it can overflow into seeing this present world - this body, this creation - as defective, second-rate, not worth taking seriously. The lyric that brought me up short was
I'm not sentimental"It's a rental"... Yes, it's true. The earth is the Lord's and the fulness thereof... human "dominion" just means managing, for a while, something with which I have been entrusted by another. But "it's a rental" can also connote, "I don't have to take good care of it. It doesn't really count".
This skin and bones is a rental
And no one makes it out alive
I wonder what the band had in mind. In Jesus' parables (e.g. Luke 19:12f), how the steward takes care of the master's property counts for everything.