Monday, June 11, 2007

Christian commentary on American politics

Former-and-current Caedmon's Call singer Derek Webb has been singing solo for some time (though he recently announced that he had rejoined the Houston-based Caedmon's), producing lyrics that are at the same time as introspective as they are challenging. In one of his latest songs, Webb calls Christians, of both progressive and conservative stripes, to rethink the hopes we place in temporal, political power: a call for reassessment of priorities.

A Savior on Capitol Hill

"I’m so tired of these mortal men
with their hands on their wallets
and their hearts full of sin
scared of their enemies,
scared of their friends
and always running for re-election

"So come to DC if it be thy will
because we’ve never had a savior on Capitol Hill

"You can always trust the devil or a politician
to be the devil or a politician
but beyond that, friends, you’d best beware
‘cause at the Pentagon bar they’re an inseparable pair
and as long as the lobbyists are paying their bills
we’ll never have a savior on Capitol Hill

[Bridge]
"All of our problems gonna disappear
when we can whisper right in that President’s ear
he could walk right across the reflection pool
in his combat boots and ten thousand dollar suit

"You can render unto Caesar everything that’s his
you can trust in his power to come to your defense
it’s the way of the world, the way of the gun
it’s the trading of an evil for a lesser one
so don’t hold your breath or your vote until
you think you’ve finally found a savior up on Capitol Hill"

--Derek Webb

FEELING: Contemplative
LISTENING TO: Sounds of the office

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