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Confessions, April 4, 2005 (revised February 6, 2009)
Words and Music by Leah Van Maaren

I have two options here: be insulted, or search my own heart to see if there be any truth in my actions and repent.


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So many songs, so many words, but few that challenge us to grow
We've turned you into an industry, a boxed up power on the shelf
A four-step god, two minutes a day to abundant life and happiness
A fashion trend and clothing line, a god for sale and revenue
Have we made a mockery of what it means to follow You?
Are we clinging to Your grace and mercy as a crutch to disobey?
Are we a phony people with phony lives and phony acts of piety
With darkened hearts, and plastic smiles, and sheltered homes and dusty hands?

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If we were to truly live out what it means to follow You,
If we were to truly model the Humble Servant's attitude,
We'd be acting as Your risen Body on this dark and dying earth.
Could we be the salt and light to countless crying, dying souls?
Could we be as the living Christ whose blood poured out for all the earth?

Are we caught up in our own pursuits of happiness and earthly wealth
Religious when the day is right, worldly tailored to our needs?
Who cares about the next door neighbor if I should shed a tear today?
Who cares about a lonely world if I can't have it all my way?
Clinging to our infant roots, too stubborn to grow, too afraid to move,
We are sitting in our polished pews, with our padded seats and auditoriums.
These are lives of comfort to which we grasp as long as God shows up when we ask.
We play the politics, we play the world, we play as pharisees on our pedestals

O forgive us Lord, we have failed You



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