What Matters More: Sexuality or Goodness?

If you follow the host of Emerging/Emergent Christian blogs, you've probably already stumbled on a number of them that link to this song. But I know a lot of my readers aren't diehard Emergers (not a bad thing, to be sure) so I thought you might enjoy this song from one of my favorites: Derek Webb, in his new album...



You say you always treat people like you like to be
I guess you love being hated for your sexuality
You love when people put words in your mouth
'Bout what you believe, make you sound like a freak
'Cause if you really believe what you say you believe
You wouldn't be so damn reckless with the words you speak
Wouldn't silently consent when the liars speak
Denyin' all the dyin' of the remedy
Tell me, brother, what matters more to you?
Tell me, sister, what matters more to you?
If I can tell what's in your heart by what comes out of your mouth
Then it sure looks to me like being straight is all it's about
It looks like being hated for all the wrong things
Like chasin' the wind while the pendulum swings
'Cause we can talk and debate until we're blue in the face
About the language and tradition that he's comin' to save
Meanwhile we sit just like we don't give a shit
About 50,000 people who are dyin' today
Tell me, brother, what matters more to you?
Tell me, sister, what matters more to you?

1 comment:

Peter said...

I've got plenty of friends who think Webb is trite - addressing the "low hanging fruit" of problematic Evangelicalism without dealing with deeper issues. Some call him a mouthpiece for Emergent. But to criticize Webb for his music seems (to me) ridiculous in the face of so much homogenized pop-Christian radio music that has no unique sound, little (if ANY) prophetic message beyond personal salvation and clean, suburban middle-class conformity.

Webb's music isn't "the end" or even "an end" in any way. Neither is this blog! I see in Webb's music the same journey, the same honest introspection, and the same ongoing wrestling that I am experiencing.

I also love the retro-electronica that seems to throw back to my 80s favorites like Depeche Mode.

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