May 13, 2004

Always the Bridesmaid, Never the Bride

My props go again to Mijah (Micah James) for today’s blog.

Wednesday night he shared with me the new solo project by Derek Webb, She Must and Shall Go Free,” an entire cd dedicated to the Bride of Christ, the Church/church. On this album Webb does some hard-hitting, right-between-the-eyes talking to the church. Some of the songs made me downright uncomfortable, and I think that’s the point. You can check out the whole thing for yourself.

But I thought I’d share the lyrics from the final track on the album today. (Who would have ever guessed that with less than 20 total weblogs to date, I’d have TWO whole entries devoted to music?! Maybe I’m not a music hater after all!)

This is a song that opposes Christian individualism (if that is really even possible). It confronts the immaturity of some who ignorantly presume their own importance and who inconsiderately pursue their own interests rather than humbly identifying with the whole Body and sacrificially loving the Bride, the church, just like Christ Himself.

May God give us grace to never live like individualists (Romans 14:7), to never be unfaithful to our Fiance (Revelation 19:7), and to never love a bridesmaid more than the Bride.

The Church

i have come with one purpose > to capture for myself a bride > by my life she is lovely > by my death she’s justified

i have always been her husband > though many lovers she has known > so with water i will wash her > and by my word alone

so when you hear the sound of the water > you will know you’re not alone

(chorus) > cause i haven’t come for only you > but for my people to pursue > you cannot care for me with no regard for her > if you love me you will love the church

i have long pursued her > as a harlot and a whore > but she will feast upon me > she will drink and thirst no more

so when you taste my flesh and my blood > you will know you’re not alone

(chorus) > there is none that can replace her > though there are many who will try > and though some may be her bridesmaids > they can never be my bride

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