Tod Moses

Raca

04:15
Fujita 5
04/13/2013
Tod Moses

Story

'Raca' is an Old Testament word who's complete meaning is uncertain but it must have meant something in the area of 'Drop Dead, You Pig!' because Jesus, in his Sermon on the Mount said that anybody who used that word was already guilty of murder in their heart.  The context for this song is from a passage written by Carl Jung saying "That I feed the hungry, that I forgive an insult, that I love my enemy in the name of Christ -- all these are undoubtedly great virtues..." But if "I myself am the enemy who must be loved -- what then?... "we say to the brother within us "Raca," and condemn and rage against ourselves."  This is that song of self-condemnation and rage that in any given moment, we all lean towards.  Where else but in a Tod Moses song, will you get Jesus, Gandhi and Jung all referenced in a Heavy Metal tune?   

Lyrics

Christ said “love your enemies”

What if that enemy is me?

What if I should discover

I am among the least of these?

 

Chorus:

Raca -I feel the rage against me self

Raca - Turning in against itself

 

They say “eye for eye” makes the whole world blind

What if it’s me that cannot see?

Can I dig in an pull it out

And find the darkness underneath?

 

Can I hide if from myself

Can you hide your soul from me

And just pretend we're someone else

Nobody else can ever see

All those hallowed crosses

On the front lawn of my mind

Burn the flames  of truth

That we cannot hide