a new law

"A New Law," Derek Webb

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

Derek Webb offers a sobering critique of our attempts at religion. Yet somehow, as depressing as the lyrics may be, this song brings me hope - hope that in understanding our religious failures we may actually move towards a greater faithfulness. The closing refrain reminds me that in our often unpredictable journey of faith, our transformation towards faithfulness isn't dependent on our religious know-how, but on the very promise that God is in our midst. And in the awesome presence of God, we encounter his comfort, "do not be afraid."


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