Justice

Justice
Wes Tillett (Proverbs 24:11-12)

Hey, I think it’s time that you were awakened
I think it’s time that you were awakened

I said, Hey! You there sleepin’ up there in your dream house on the hill
Do you hear the cries of the desperate poor resounding still? Resounding still.
I said, Hey! You there loungin’ in suburbia in luxury
Have you ever thought of those without enough to eat? Without enough to eat.
I said, Hey! There ain’t many spots on earth like this ol’ USA
Where we can have our fill and throw whatever’s left away
We throw the rest away. Hey, hey, hey, hey.

I wanted to let you know that America is not the norm of the world
I wanted to let you know that there’s blood on you gold and there’s mud on your pearls.
I wanted to let you know that the world as you know it is not the world as it is.
I wanted to let you know that the Christ is returning and He’s bringing justice.

Hey! You who go to church on Sunday so you’ll feel ok
Do you care about the millions dyin’ now of AIDS? Dyin now of AIDS.
I said AIDS. In Africa alone six thousand die each day
Forty million AIDS orphans in the next decade. In the next decade…that’s AIDS
You who say that we should love our neighbors as ourselves,
Don’t you see the interconnectedness of this world’s wealth? I said of this earth’s wealth,
I said, Hey! Don’t you see that what you spend to buy your next TV
Could be given instead to feed a child for the next 10 weeks. I said at least 10 weeks, I said…

Will you hear about the car bombs in Kashmir?
(Comfort is what you are seeking)
Will you hear about the Afghani women’s tears?
(In the abundance of your things)
Will you shut your eyes to all the dead of Sudan’s crusade?
(But really this comfort is your death)
Or the 29,000 hungry children who die each day?
(For you sever yourself from the Life-breath)
Will you come to care about the plight of Myanmar?
Or will you spend your life instead pursuin’ your dream car?

You tell me, “Hey.”
“You’re fogettin’ all about God’s grace.”
“You know we gotta live by grace.”
Brother, I am with you that we all must live by grace
Take it from this sinner: I’ve got no hope but God’s grace
No hope but grace.
But, listen, hey. God has given us His grace so we can live
Lives of sacrificial service, not indulgence
Live lives of love not indulgence.
Live lives of love not indulgence.

malachi jaggers—guitars, drums, percussion
eric weiss—bass
wes tillett—vocals, claps


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