Patriarchy in Christian Music

by Donald Guffey | December 29, 2010
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Here is a new Christian song that I have been hearing a lot on my local Christian radio, The music and tune are very pleasant and catchy yet the lyrics made me step back and take a closer listen. What I heard disturbed me a little bit because it seems that the complementarian view has now infiltrated contemporary christian music.  I don’t know if it's just me or what, but I’d be interested to know some thoughts on this song. Here are the lyrics:

Sanctus Real - “Lead Me”

I look around and see my wonderful life
Almost perfect from the outside
In picture frames I see my beautiful wife
Always smiling
But on the inside, I can hear her saying...

“Lead me with strong hands
Stand up when I can't
Don't leave me hungry for love
Chasing dreams, what about us?

Show me you're willing to fight
That I'm still the love of your life
I know we call this our home
But I still feel alone”

I see their faces, look in their innocent eyes
They're just children from the outside
I'm working hard, I tell myself they'll be fine
They're independent
But on the inside, I can hear them saying...

“Lead me with strong hands
Stand up when I can't
Don't leave me hungry for love
Chasing dreams, but what about us?

Show me you're willing to fight
That I'm still the love of your life
I know we call this our home
But I still feel alone”

So Father, give me the strength
To be everything I'm called to be
Oh, Father, show me the way
To lead them
Won't You lead me?

To lead them with strong hands
To stand up when they can't
Don't want to leave them hungry for love,
Chasing things that I could give up

I'll show them I'm willing to fight
And give them the best of my life
So we can call this our home
Lead me, 'cause I can't do this alone

Father, lead me, 'cause I can't do this alone

This is a nice little ditty I’ll admit, but is it biblical?   Let me know your thoughts.

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