Saturday, January 21, 2006

mockingbird by derek webb, brutal and beautiful

This a great album and a searing social critique of conservative, evangelical christianity and its militant patriotism and consumer. Its brutal and beautiful.

Here are the lyrics to the second track: I would offer commentary, but does it really need any?

A New Law

(vs. 1)
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

(vs. 2)

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
do not be afraid
do not be afraid

I've heard these sermons and been to these churches...full of sadness.

Also, see Charles Marsh's article on Wayward Christian Soldiers (thanks thinktank), who is the author of Beloved Community which I recently commented on. The article and the song go perfectly together.

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