New Law

One of my favorite songwriters is Derek Webb. He's awesome! His music is OK, but lyrically he is seriously a modern day prophet. You'll never find another musician who makes you more uncomfortable (in the right ways).

I just got his latest CD titled Mockingbird today. It's great. One particular song really spoke to me. It's called New Law and it's about how we tend to be scared of the freedom that God gives us when we become Christ-followers and we tend to trade that freedom in for a "new law". Here's the lyrics:

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
do not be afraid
do not be afraid


terrence said...

I wanted to do that song when i played at Sherwood's 50th, but my mom wouldn't let me.

Jacob Thrasher said...

Great album, and "A New Law" is my favorite song on it. I've even made it my profile song on MySpace.

Derek does a great job of getting his point across with his lyrics. I love the things he has to say; it is indeed humbling to remember that our enemies are men like us.

I'd like to see Derek Webb and Reese Roper work together for an album or something...