“What Matters More” by Derek Webb

Here’s the controversial song and video by Derek Webb from his new album Stockholm Syndrome. This version was released on his website, not the CD, due to the strong language.

Provocative would be an understatement.  Any thoughts?

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Here are two excerpts from reivews of Webb’s album:

“Unfortunately, the message seems hidden in negative lyrics that often say the opposite of what you would want to get stuck in your head. Lyrics such as “Oh I have been to Heaven and I found no relief” just don’t do much for me. The album is purely negative and I doubt that much of the Christian music world (including myself) will accept Stockholm Syndrome as playable — and that’s before they get to hear the profanity” (Kevin Hoskins,

“Where this album will stand in the history of Christian music remains to be decided by the retrospective analysis of the next few years, and a number of other factors — the future of the church’s overall political lean and how it will consider its current heavyweights in hindsight, the acceptance (however reluctant) of Webb’s daring, and the industry’s artistic response to this experience: its advertising campaign, controversial content, and sonic textures. Even so, a few things can be said outright: Webb has crafted a near-perfect album that rivals anything avid listeners have ever come across, one that deserves comparisons to Ok Computer and Kid A and challenges preconceptions about the depth of art reflecting the Christian experience.  Stockholm Syndrome is a dangerous, volatile, stunning masterwork of prophetic brilliance and insight — one of the most important albums of the last 10 years” (John Wofford, The Christian Manifesto).


Meditation on Hosea 3:1

And the LORD said to me, “Go again, love a woman who is loved by another man and is an adulteress, even as the LORD loves the children of Israel, though they turn to other gods and love cakes of raisins.”

Hosea 3:1

When I read this, I cannot help but think of how often I am an adulteress who runs away from my Groom each day. The reason God told Hosea to marry a whore was simply to show his great mercy and compassion on the nation of Israel. Christ simply died to provide us with grace upon grace to abound for our many sins.

Is there any other kind of love like this in the world? I know for myself, I would not think of marrying a whore and if my wife cheated on me, I would probably no doubt divorce her. Yet, God, in his great mercy for us, does not divorce his people. He does not cast his bride away. He continually woos and pursues her. He never gets tired of bringing her back to him. A Charles Spurgeon says, “Now, soul, is not thy love refreshed?? Does not this make thee love Jesus? Surely as we meditate on ‘the love of the Lord’, our hearts burn within us, and we long to love him more.”

O, Jesus, help us love you more! Give us the grace to love, trust, and lean on you! For you have said, “That neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” This is covenant love between a holy God and his chosen people. It never ends. It is unconditional and beautiful. Derek Webb, in his song, “Wedding Dress”, illustrates this beautifully:

I am a whore I do confess
But I put you on just like a wedding dress
And I run down the aisle
And I run down the aisle
I’m a prodigal with no way home
But I put you on just like a ring of gold
And I run down the aisle to you