DiM | “Chainsaw” by Family Force 5 (Winter Jam)

Today is “Discernment in Music” (DiM) day here at Faithful Stewardship (2 Corinthians 10:4-6 (ESV)).

February 13, 2015. You don’t want to hear this song, watch this video, or read its lyrics. I haven’t heard it on the radio, and I cannot find it on any of the charts I frequent (speaking of which, I’m clearly not checking the most relevant charts based on what won a Grammy).

My wife volunteered at the local Winter Jam concert. She only really got to see/hear Jeremy Camp’s segment, and was happy to report that in between songs he held up a Bible and declared to the large crowed that God’s Word is the only source of Truth, that His Word is the standard. I smiled as she shared that with me because we recently reviewed his song “He Knows” and it was pretty good.

However, there was one band that kept singing “crank it like a chain saw” and they were doing a chainsaw dance motion. While my wife was trying to figure out what the song was about, she over heard one of the other volunteers say, “I hope Jesus is in this place”. So we looked it up. ::sigh::

Music Videos

Lyrics (via SongLyrics.com)

Family Force 5 – Chainsaw [feat. Tedashii] Lyrics
Artist: Family Force 5
Album: ReanimatedYeah, they like the way I do this
When I crank it like a (chainsaw)
Yeah, they like the way I do this
When I crank it like a (chainsaw)
Full throttle heavy metal
Set the bar next level
Wasteland gettin’ all danky
Soul Glow (chainsaw)
Let it go with them elbows back
Engine smokin’ like this track
Shirt’s soakin’ from all this sweat
Catch my breath (chainsaw)

Now hear me roar
I’m an apex predator
From the sycamores, let’s get skeletor (Chainsaw)
Watch and learn, watch and learn
Get that thang crankin’ baby, slash slash burn

Bows to the knees yeah crank it like a chainsaw
Crank it crank it crank it back
Crank it like a chain, crank it like a chainsaw

Fresh flannel shirt, country bumpkin
Lumberjackin your moves, a.k.a. Paul Bunyan
Run yun yun-yun-yun yun-yun-yun yun-yun
I make it run I make it run I make it run run (Chainsaw)
Drop it drop it drop it down low
Chop it chop chop it chop, here we here we go
Teeth so sharp that they’re callin’ me Jaws
I’m your boss, baby, crank it like a chainsaw

Chained out, head hunter
Cyberpunk yeah I’m a blade runner
Turned up automatic
Full tank, you ain’t gotta think about it (chainsaw)
Drop it drop it drop it down low
Chop it chop chop it chop, here we here we go
Vroom vroom and you know it’s goin’ off
I’m yellin’ timber, crank it like a (chainsaw)

Positive Elements

None. This song is stupid even by secular standards. In many ways, the video reminded me of a Weird Al Yankovic parody… only the object of this parody is the Christian music scene.

Concerns

The Christian youth will gravitate toward this nonsense. You want to know why we (the Church) lose so many of our youth before they leave High School? Mislabeling garbage like this as “Christian” or claiming it is even remotely God-honoring sets our youth up for false teaching and false doctrine.

Conclusion

Please help me find better charts/lists of emerging music passing itself (or being labeled) as Christian music. If this is getting threaded into major Christian concert events, we may need to increase our DiM coverage. Please help. Also, talk to your kids about what they watch and what they hear. Teach your children discernment. Pray for our youth, and pray for the Christian Music Industry.

To God be the glory, Amen.
In Christ Jesus,
Jorge