Derek Webb – What Matters More?

Derek Webb, a singer-songwriter connected with the Contemporary Christian band Caedmon’s Call has had to resort to distributing his new album, Stockholm Syndrome, directly from his website because his record label found the song “What Matters More?” to be too controversial.

I haven’t yet been a listener of Webb’s music (or Caedmon’s Call). Below is a video and lyrics to the “controversial” song. I don’t know enough to comment on the music in the song, but the lyrics (which is where the controversy resides) deserve to be flooding the so-called “Christian music” market. I suspect they will not.

What Matters More?

Derek Webb
from The Stockholm Syndrome
You say you always treat people like you’d like to be
I guess you love being hated for your sexuality
You love when people put words in your mouth
About what you believe, make you sound like a freak’Cause if you really believe what you say you believe
You wouldn’t be so damn reckless with the words you speak
Wouldn’t silently consent when the liars speak
Denying all the dying or the remedy

Tell me, brother, what matters more to you?
Tell me, sister, what matters more to you?

If I can tell what’s in your heart by what comes out of your mouth
Then it sure looks to me like being straights is all it’s about
Yeah, it looks like being hated for all the wrong things
And chasing the wind while the pendulum swings

We can talk and debate it till we’re blue in the face
About the language and tradition that He’s coming to save
Meanwhile we sit just like we don’t give a shit
About fifty-thousand people who are dying today

Tell me, brother, what matters more to you?
Tell me, sister, what matters more to you?

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