… I Do Confess…

As far as I have traveled on the poetic and prophetic journey with our brother and provocateur Derek Webb, his earliest solo album still speaks freshly to my soul. And while I think his social messages of justice, peace, and love are relevant, powerful, and urgent, we must never forget “She Must and Shall Go Free.”

Perhaps the most controversial (yet deeply biblical – Ezekiel 16) and image laden songs of Derek’s entire catalog is “Wedding Dress”. For me it is a call to confession. I consider myself to be deeply invested in seeing justice reign in society. As with any commitments to good, there are pitfalls and dangers. The danger for me, being a committed peacemaker in a violent world, is a spirit of judgmentalism.

Once, a prominent London newspaper asked G.K. Chesterton to write a letter to the editor explaining all that was wrong with the world. Chesterton wrote the following:

“Dear Editor,

What is wrong with the world, you ask?

I am.

Cordially yours,

G.K. Chesterton.”

We must never forget… we must always confess… we are sinners.

With that I give you an R-Rated confession of an R-Rated life. As Derek Webb himself has said, “These words are offensive. They offend its author as well, as well they should. I am an offense to God.”

Wedding Dress –

If you could love me as a wife
and for my wedding gift, your life
Should that be all I’d ever need
or is there more I’m looking for

and should I read between the lines
and look for blessings in disguise
To make me handsome, rich, and wise
Is that really what you want

I am a whore I do confess
But I put you on just like a wedding dress
and I run down the aisle
and I run down the aisle
I’m a prodigal with no way home
but I put you on just like a ring of gold
and I run down the aisle to you

So could you love this bastard child
Though I don’t trust you to provide
With one hand in a pot of gold
and with the other in your side

I am so easily satisfied
by the call of lovers so less wild
That I would take a little cash
Over your very flesh and blood

Because money cannot buy
a husband’s jealous eye
When you have knowingly deceived his wife

by Derek Webb

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