Choose Your False god

One of the most refreshingly honest and penetrating albums for Christian consumption in recent memory is Derek Webb’s Mockingbird.

This album was marketed using the increasingly popular give-it-to-me-for-free-and-I’ll-pay-what-I-think-its-worth strategy. This was a good move, since most Christian bookstores wouldn’t stock it anyway because it contains such incendiary language as “sex” and “whore” and he dares criticize the Republicans as the Messianic party.

Messiah, 2000-2008Released in 2005, this is during the 2nd Bush term where Republicans appeared poised to rule for a generation.

My, how things have changed.

There is one stanza from the song King and a Kingdom that sticks out to me:

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

What I find ironic is how relevant this sounded three years ago and how completely upside down and irrelevant this sounds now.

Messiah, 2008?

While visiting an African American church service recently, I was fascinated by how many Obama T-shirts were being worn by the attendees. Probably about the same percentage of cars sporting a “W” bumper sticker in a suburban church’s parking lot.

Another line from the song bears repeating, and this time it is directed squarely at those on the left:

My first allegiance is not to a flag, a country or a man…my first allegiance is not to democracy or blood… Its to a King and a Kingdom.

Here’s the point: George W. Bush was hailed as the standard bearer of consevative Christian idealogy and is leaving office with an approval rating hovering around  Jeffrey Dahmer’s. Obama is on the fast track to iconic status as a young and compelling black man in the nation’s highest office.

But perhaps his followers can learn from those disppointed soldiers in W’s army. To quote Derek Webb once again, “We’ll never have a savior on captial hill.”

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