Old Testament Eric Church

I know it’s not Sunday so I shouldn’t be preaching about Eric Church but when he performs a new song for the first time, I gotta call a short service into session.

If you’re one of the lucky people who got to attend the Church Choir fan party at the CMA Music Festival in Nashville this past Friday, then you got to hear Eric Church play a brand new song called, “Old Testament Me.” Thankfully, videos have surfaced from the performance giving all of us who weren’t lucky enough to be there a chance to hear it. Could this new song be a sign that we can expect more new music from Eric? I sure hope so!

Eric’s message in this song is that if the world sees him as weak for following the teachings of the New Testament (referencing the four gospels), then they better be careful what they wish for, because they’re not gonna like it when they see his Old Testament side. He sings about “eye for an eye and tooth for a tooth” (Exodus 21:23-25), which is an Old Testament teaching that Jesus rejected and instead said to turn the other cheek (Matthew 5:39). But as Eric says in this song, sometimes when you turn the other cheek it gets mistaken as “a sign of weakness.”

I’ve given the song a few listens and tried to compile the lyrics to the best of my ability for y’all. I’ve also included the video from his performance below if you wanna take a listen.

Eric Church- “Old Testament Me” 

Yeah, I’ll never forget the way it felt
Being disciplined by the Bible Belt
You fold your hands and bow your head
Everybody forgives when they can’t forget

It’s hard to see the world like that
When you become a husband and a dad
If it were up to me, what I would do
Is treat ’em eye for eye and tooth for tooth

Matthew, Mark, Luke and John
I did what you’re teaching
But if the world thinks when I turn the other cheek
That it’s a sign of weakness
Then you ain’t gonna like what you see from Old Testament me

If danger shows up at my door
It’d better be prepared for war
I’m not a vile or violent man
But I’m a son of a bitch when you box me in

I see the news, I read the mail
Seems like everything’s gone to hell
But if judgment was [unclear]
I’d be the first to send you there

Yeah, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John
I did what you’re teaching
But if the world mistakes when I turn the other cheek
As a sign of weakness
Then you ain’t gonna like what you see from Old Testament me

There’s a time and place for grace and love and
There’s a time for turning tables just like Jesus did

Matthew, Mark, Luke and John
I love what you’re teaching
But if the world thinks when I turn the other cheek
That it’s a sign of weakness
Then you ain’t gonna like what you see from Old Testament me

Currently listening to: that one line from the song that’s unclear over and over again until I get it.

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