I Repent – a gentle chastisement

Some songs, you can’t quite listen to because they hurt too much. They remind you of what you don’t want to remember or admonish you for what you willingly forget.

I guess Derek Webb’s I Repent is that way.

It remind me of the ethos, the creed I live by. It also reminds me how far I fall from it. How every day I wage, and lose, the battle against my ego and my reluctance to embrace humility.

And I forget too often, in my love of material comforts, the good fight for those who have no food to eat and peace is a dream too far distant.

I Repent

(words and music by Derek Webb)

i repent, i repent of my pursuit of america’s dream
i repent, i repent of living like i deserve anything
of my house, my fence, my kids, my wife
in our suburb where we’re safe and white
i am wrong and of these things i repent

i repent, i repent of parading my liberty
i repent. i repent of paying for what i get for free
and for the way i believe that i am living right
by trading sins for others that are easier to hide
i am wrong and of these things i repent

i repent judging by a law that even i can’t keep
of wearing righteousness like a disguise
to see through the planks in my own eyes

i repent, i repent of trading truth for false unity
i repent, i repent of confusing peace and idolatry
by caring more of what they think than what i know of what we need
by domesticating you until you look just like me
i am wrong and of these things i repent

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