Yeah… When some self-righteous blowhard cusses at me in a song, I feel the sting of shame and want to contemplate my ugly heart and repent in sack cloth and ashes.
He made a video of his song that can be viewed here (if any wishes to be cussed at).
I don’t want so much to evaluate the evangelical culture aspect of this song. There are more thoughtful, articulate bloggers who can. I just had some thoughts:
I am curious as to why homosexuals have become the trendy group of sinners to defend against mean-spirited fundy evangelicals. When did that happen and why? Is it because they dress in the latest fashions? Know how to wear flannel well? Produce over rated theater? Is it because Magneto is gay? For some unknown reason, those of the emergent tendencies feel as though they have to rush to their defense when traditional marriage people point out the obvious sinfulness of homosexual behavior and lifestyle.
Certainly there are other “sinners” evangelicals will treat poorly. Child abusers come to mind. As do wife beaters. Pornographers, certainly. But for some reason I don’t see Derek Webb writing a song in defense of pornographers who have been emotionally traumatized by mean evangelicals.
What about Ken Lay? He supposedly ruined the lives of thousands of people. His harshest critics wanted him gutted alive during N.B.C. primetime. Would Derek Webb write a song rebuking his mean critics for their vicious, hateful hearts, even to the point of invoking profanity so as to illustrate their hypocrisy?
Nah, something tells me he wont.