After writing my last post about Derek Webb’s new album The Ringing Bell, I began surfing through The Ringing Bell website more and reading about Derek and the news articles. I stumbled across a recent article that featured him in USA Today and thought it was really interesting to find out more about his beliefs and opinions with comments like the one below.
Webb muses that Jesus “wasn’t a white middle-class Democrat either, incidentally. The point is that he didn’t walk any party line. But I think that the church, especially where I live, makes a terrible habit of co-opting the more conservative political party.
“I’m not saying the church shouldn’t be concerned with issues. My problem is that they’ve grown so predictable, and Jesus was in no way predictable. The people he loved most lavishly were often socially stigmatized, and he reserved some of his harshest language for the law-keeping church leadership. That’s the opposite, in a lot of cases, of what the evangelical church puts forth.”
That’s powerful stuff, and why I really like Derek Webb and his music. There’s plenty more to read about in the full article on USA Today.
Jones, Webb find faith their way on USA Today