Dear Reader, I'm about to do something that I have promised many people I would never, ever do. I am about to buy a Contemporary Christian Music album.
I would rather be dragged behind a truck, have my kneecaps smashed in with a soup can in a sock, and have my teeth pulled out by a meth addict looking for gold than listen to most Contemporary Christian Music. Message aside, that stuff tends to be the most boring, trite, worthless rock n' roll one could ever fear running across.
I have been avoiding it for years. Shocking though, a friend of mine just sent me a link to an amazing song. Here is that link:
The song is called "What Matters More" and is done by a fellow named Derek Webb. I know nothing about this singer, and have not listened to any of his other work. I have avoided his genre because I have always found it to be either boring or hateful. I am delighted and amazed by this song.
This song is pitch perfect. The tone of the singer, the message of the lyrics, it shocks me. I am always terrified by the possibility of being lured back into an abusive church, but friends, this fellow sounds like he knows what he's talking about. This dude seems to understand that the American Church has been hijacked by homophobes who what to push their genital politics one the masses and leave no room for love or discussion.
I am thrilled to see Christians talking this way. I am thrilled to see people who don't want to sell the name of Christ to the lower bidder. I am thrilled to see people acting like human beings.
I have not heard any of the other songs on Webb's new album, but I'm gonna give it try. It may take me a few days, but I'll give y'all a report of what I think of it.
Let's all hope and pray that more Christians move in this direction.