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A lesson learned from the disreputable

My kids liked Derek Webb's music when they were younger. I found his lyrics challenging, even if sometimes, they came across as bitter. Eventually, Webb fell from grace through unfortunate personal choices. So, I suppose saying that I still see the truth in some of his lyrics isn't politically correct in some Christian circles. Not many people will read this, so perhaps I am safe.

Webb's song, "A New Law" is one song I did like. Here is a clip to the video. The lyrics are below:

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

When I first heard this, I saw my own tendency: to look for someone to tell me what to do. Whather it was looking to my pastor or looking to other respected Christian leaders, I was very quick to embrace the latest teaching which was popular. With social media and blogging, it was easy to find a tribe to align with, put my brain in neutral, and coast. 

I think this tendency is still pervasive. We tend to latch on to the popular because we perceive that it is more right. But we all know that popular teachers come and go, and in the end, we are left with ourselves: what do we know? What do we conclude? Have we been searching for truth or just a better place where we can get a "new law?"

Thinking things through is hard work, and yes, I believe women have often been discouraged from doing just that. Perhaps we are more at risk for simply seeking a "new law," whether it comes from our husband or a popular teacher. How many of us are like mother lions when we come to the defense of our favourite teacher? I've seen some very vitriolic exchanges between people critiquing and defending certain women teachers. There is loyalty, but at the heart of the matter is our blind loyalty because we fear that this teacher may actually be wrong?

Even as I think through these things, I wonder about the professors at my school. Am I accepting everything they teach without question? Am I simply looking to them to tell me what to think? I hope not. But it's something I should ask myself. And I need to do the hard work of thinking through things myself.

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