Derek Webb: Contender for the faith or contentious voice?

I just read this article over at Wrecked for the Ordinary about Derek Webb. He used to be with Cadmen's Call. I have never heard his new music but as I read his lyrics I was like "YIKES! That's gonna sting."

Anyway, here is part of the article, go check out the rest of it if you are interested.

Should I read between the lines
and look for blessings in disguise
to make me handsome, rich, and wise
is that really what you want?

I am a whore I do confess
but I put you on just like a wedding dress
And I run down the aisle…

Since I’m pretty sure this was the first Christian song on record to use the word “whore,” this was, to say the least, gutsy.

Webb continued his leap into new territories with subsequent albums, but his brass peaked with 2005’s Mockingbird, when all niceness was put aside, and Derek Webb told us what he really thought about the state of the union:

There are two great lies that I’ve heard:
“The day you eat of the fruit of that tree, you will not surely die,”
and that Jesus Christ was a white, middle-class Republican
and if you wanna be saved you have to learn to be like Him.

This line from “A King & A Kingdom” reflects what Mockingbird was: cold water thrown in the face of the evangelical Christian establishment.... “Rich Young Ruler” tried to convince people that Jesus was starving in the slums that we try to ignore out of the windows of our SUVs while driving to our megachurchs. But my favorite on the album has always been “A New Law,” when Webb points to that laziness in all of us that wants other people to do our deciding for us:


Don’t teach me about politics and government
Just tell me who to vote for…

Don’t teach me about moderation and liberty
I prefer a shot of grape juice…

Don’t teach me how to listen to the Spirit
Just give me a new law

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