How should Christians approach secular music? It’s a good question, over which much ink has been spilled. This same question was brought to my mind after hearing a song from the upcoming new studio album from Dave Matthews Band. The song is called “Mercy,” and you can listen to it here. I’ve been a DMB fan for almost 10 years now, and I’ve often been intrigued by Dave’s use of biblical imagery in his lyrics. Evolution (biological and sociological) and world peace through tolerance and cooperation are also recurring themes.
Both musically and lyrically, “Mercy” is another solid song in the mold of a catchy, singable exhortation for people to be proactive in their pursuit of peace and harmony on earth. A good aim, right? But does the song offer the correct solution? Let’s examine the lyrics. Continue Reading