We Don’t Have a Voice

pro-life Michael Roderick with decidedly pro-life baby

I wrote a song about eight years ago that struck a chord with me when I stumbled over it again recently. To say it is timely does not begin to hint at the gravity of the moment we face as a society right now regarding the abortion controversy. Christians are beginning to be concerned that they no longer have a voice that is heard in our society, but for decades now the voice of many millions of unborn children continues to go unheard.

It’s a rough live demo recording of me at a piano circa 2009, so apologies for the unpolished (lack of) quality. I never got a chance to record this track professionally, but I think the recording gets the idea across. Please share this wherever you think it will make a difference.

Lyrics: (© Michael Roderick 2008, feel free to share where appropriate)

We were outraged
We went to war
When we heard about the train the Germans made the Hebrews board
All their secrets
We revealed
Doctors making medicine to kill and not to heal
The lines of those tracks converge in the distance
Where families were broken apart
We called it injustice—they were given no choice
We went to war because they didn’t have a voice

Court’s adjourning
We changed the law
The needle to the womb is more familiar to us all
Who knew what secrets
We would steal
Doctors making medicine to kill and not heal
Now the lines of these tracks converge in a future
Where bodies are broken apart
What once was injustice we’ve dared to call “choice”
We don’t cover our ears because they don’t have a voice

This train has run through decades and kings
Bearing away our unwanted things
While we make much of the life freedom brings
The burden is all on the backs of a herd
Of free men who die where the tracks converge
Oh, what would they say?

“We would scream to the stars
If we thought they would come to our aid
We would fight for our lives
If in fact, any weapon remained
But we die in these chambers
The great minds of science contrived
They don’t seem to know we’re alive
So we don’t have a voice”

In the papers
On the screen
In the books and in the films you will not hear the silent scream
On your records
In the news
We’re the only class they are permitted to abuse
And the lines of these tracks converge in the present
Where all but morality goes
The cries of “injustice” are laughed off as noise
This false peace must end because we don’t have a voice

“We would scream to the stars
If we thought they would come to our aid
We would fight for our lives
If in fact, any weapon remained
But we die in these chambers
The great minds of science contrived
They don’t want to know we’re alive
So we don’t have a voice”

Quick Note: On Musical Meaning

Just jotting down a quick note to refer to some excellent lectures recently given by Ken Myers on music and its relationship to the church and culture. I think the way he addresses the subject contains a great deal of wisdom and there are many applications to daily life and church life to be drawn from his work. They are freely available on video (with audio download links) at the address below.

http://www.canonwired.com/epiphany-lectures/

Quick Note: Reformed Radio

This is just a post-it to recommend the new online/iOS radio from Ligonier to any and all. Sound teaching, brief news reports, excellent music; the programming will improve your day and draw your thoughts to Christ. Bravo to all involved! My workdays in the shop are already looking brighter.

Refnet Christian Radio

(Just click the “Listen Online” button on the page I’ve linked above.)

Soli Deo Gloria