Propaganda Forgive Me for Asking Lyrics

Excellent Track Listing
Digital Media 1
  • 1 Don't Listen to Me
  • 2 Excellent
  • 3 Redefine Cutter
  • 4 Raise the Banner
  • 5 Excellent Analogy
  • 6 Conquer
  • 7 Precious Puritans
  • 8 Forgive Me for Asking
  • 9 I Ain't Got an Answer
  • 10 Warm Words
  • 11 Lofty
  • 12 Be Present (live at Catalyst Atlanta 2011)
  • Question: and this is embarrassing
    You ever been scared you had no idea what you were talking about?
    Yeah, me too
    Honesty perplexed
    I've lied and so have you, Christians

    Like you never had questions?
    Like you've never had a moment
    when your inner dialogues
    were all of a sudden in third person like,
    "Are you really buying this?"
    You're lying

    Like your eyes are one-hundred percent always satisfied by your spouse
    and you don't need accountability
    neither of which is biblical, by the way
    Your eyes are never satisfied
    Us, overgrown primates with egos, lying

    You quote the devil when you declare yourself okay
    You get it but you don't get it
    Like you've never planted your Chuck Taylors firmly in the sinking sand
    You're lying

    We for centuries sing hymns of grace,
    and this is why it's amazing
    And if it's not, you don't understand
    Or you're lying

    Which is why your friends don't believe you
    There is just as much Jesus' blood on your hand as there is his
    You sure you understand the cross?

    Forgive me for asking

    And Muslims excuse my boldness but what if you're lying, too?
    Like you don't ever have questions?
    As if you've never wondered why Allah's ears only hear directionally,
    and if you accidentally point it slightly north easterly then you've blasphemed?

    As if the thought has never crossed your mind
    that the Jihad has interpreted the Quran correctly
    and you are what we Christians would call 'lukewarm'?
    Which makes you much more like my evanjellyfish churchianity would allow me to admit
    And you call me on it; I'll deny it, just don't believe me
    because I'm lying
    I strain at gnats; I focus on silliness; I act like God has joined a political party just like you

    As if you've never thought,
    "What if I was paralyzed and I can't make my pilgrimage to Mecca
    Yet I follow the text better than my whole family?
    Is there enough mercy for me?"

    I know it's wrong for me to front like I understand your theology
    as well as I think I understand mine,
    but I know we can agree on this:
    Something is deathly wrong with us

    And you, smarty pants, don't front
    Like the little you know about our universe
    you ready to draw conclusions about it's origins?
    Maybe we don't know as much as we think we do
    Science still can't explain yawning

    Like you never took your world view to it's furthest conclusions?
    That if human behavior is just what protoplasm does at this temperature,
    then there is no need for humanitarian effort,
    because these atrocities weren't wrong,
    It's just the universe weeding out bad genes
    Them is fingernail-on-chalkboard words, ain't 'em?
    You're lying

    Maybe I'm wrong, maybe you're right
    Maybe we'll find out the day after the world ends
    Yeah, I guess we're all a little inconsistent,
    So maybe we can just show each other some grace

    You ever bury yourself in self-righteous guilt?
    Are there fresh tally marks on the walls of your brain's prison,
    hoping that the count of good deeds outnumber the bad ones?
    Are your miserable failures your badges of honor?
    And when you count those tallies,
    and the day the good outnumber the bad,
    pat yourself on the back
    You have joined the rest of humanity
    You, too, are lying

    Like you never thought,
    "Someone might catch me in my contradiction"
    Yeah, me too
    You ever think to yourself,
    "I have no idea what I'm talking about"?
    Yeah, me too

    Thanks to Christopher

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