One of my favorite singers is Derek Webb. Not only can he write some great melodies, but he's not afraid to tackle serious issues that many feel the Church isn't talking about enough--poverty, war, social justice, etc. Well he's back with a new song called "What Matters More:"
Naturally this song has stirred up some controversy, particularly with the s-word. It's a reference to pastor/activist Tony Compolo's famous quote: "I have three things I'd like to say today. First, while you were sleeping last night, 30,000 kids died of starvation or diseases related to malnutrition. Second, most of you don't give a shit. What's worse is that you're more upset with the fact that I said shit than the fact that 30,000 kids died last night." Even though the Bible says we should not curse (James 3:9-10)* both Campolo and Webb have a point. Why do we emphasize certain sins (sexual sins, cursing) and de-emphasize others (greed, apathy, hatred)?
Whether you love him or hate him, you can't deny that Webb does makes you think. And isn't that what great art is supposed to do?
*I should confess that I have trouble watching what I say. It's much easier for me to just let the four letter words fly out, rather than thinking before I speak. And then I get into a lot of trouble (just ask my fiancee)!