mockingbird

Derek Webb’s not so new album (he just came out with a new one, but this one’s really not that old), Mockingbird is a scathing reprimand to modern evangelical Christianity. and rightly so. sometimes i feel like there’s more wrong with the church today than there is right. and while i know that’s a broad overstatement, that a statement can even be made in that direction does indicate that there’s something wrong and it’s not worth ignoring. anyway…these lyrics really struck me today:

don’t teach me about politics and government
just tell me who to vote for
don’t teach me about truth and beauty
just label my music
don’t teach me how to live like a free man
just give me a new law

i don’t wanna know if the answers aren’t easy
so just bring it down from the mountain to me

i want a new law
i want a new law
gimme that new law

don’t teach me about moderation and liberty
i prefer a shot of grape juice
don’t teach me about loving my enemies
don’t teach me how to listen to the Spirit
just give me a new law

what’s the use in trading a law you can never keep
for one you can that cannot get you anything
do not be afraid

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