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Something You Can Use This Week: Bible Outreach Discussion based on Linkin Park's hot new music video "What I've Done"

Let Mercy Come
Linkin Park- "What I've Done"

May 15, 2007

Main Point of Discussion: How do we start over and begin with a clean slate?

The Music Video: "Let mercy come and wash away what I've done."

Linkin Park has been at the top of the charts since the turn of the century. Their blend of rock and rhythmic lyrics- almost like rap- has captured audiences in both genres and always secured spots on the top 100. They have been the talk of music and radio news, they were the featured musician on SNL last weekend, and their new anticipated album is releasing today... Linkin Park is hot.

Right now the video for What I've Done is the 5th most downloaded music video on iTunes. The song is in the number 11 spot on iTunes and its number 28 on the Billboard Top 100. But the launch of their new album "Minutes to Midnight" today will probably create more of a stir as millions of teenagers rush out to buy it this week.
Linkin Park
At THE SOURCE FOR YOUTH MINISTRY we like to use pop culture references to start Biblical conversation (just like the Apostle Paul used culture to start conversations about Jesus in Acts 17). This music video might be a good discussion starter in some circles. Use your discernment. Although this song, like most Linkin Park songs, is clean, their new album actually has the explicit lyrics warning

But don't throw out the baby with the bath water. You can use the video as a discussion starter without endorsing the album.

If you want, you can print out the lyrics (below) and give each student a copy to refer to. has the video on their site for free right now and iTunes offers the video as a download for $1.99. Ask the tech guy at your church how to play the video on a laptop through a projector.

IMPORANT NOTE TO LEADERS: This discussion is NOT meant to turn into a discussion about our environment (I'll let Al Gore do that). We are simply going to use the issues and questions that Linkin Park raises to talk about mercy and forgiveness.

Introducing the Music Video:
Many of you might have already seen the relatively new music video from Linkin Park, "What I've Done." I'm going to show you this video really quick and then we want to hear from you.
    Song Lyrics: "What I've Done"

    In this farewell
    There's no blood
    There's no Alibi
    ?Cause I've Drawn Regret
    For the Truth
    Of a Thousand Lies

    So let Mercy Come
    And Wash Away
    What I've Done

    I've Faced myself
    To Cross out what I've Become
    Erase Myself
    And let Go of What I've done

    Put to rest
    What you Thought of Me
    Well I Cleaned this Slate
    With the Hands of Uncertainty



    For What I've Done
    I'll start again
    And whatever pain may come
    Today this ends
    I'm Forgiving What I've Done!!!


    What I've Done
    Forgiving What I've Done
Transitional Statement:
In this video we saw a lot going on. We saw a lot of different bad situations, wars and crisis that humans have caused.

Large Group Questions:
  1. What are some of the bad things that humans have done to each other and to our planet that we saw in this video? (leader-some of the answers you might be looking for are: race riots, war, pollution, gas consumption, ivory, engorging ourselves while others are starving, looting, terrorism, oppressive governments or hate groups like the KKK, the Nazi's or Saddam, bombing villages, nuclear bombs, global warming, drug abuse, oil spills...)

  2. As we look at some of these heinous crimes by people like the Nazis or the KKK... it's probably easy to think, "I would never do something like that." And most of us probably don't feel that responsible for nuclear war, bombing villages or killing elephants for their tusks. But we see problems like global warming, fuel consumption, pollution, littering... maybe a few of us might actually realize that we are a part of that. Bottom line: who is guilty for all of this? (leader-the answer you are looking for is: We are!)

  3. According to Linkin Park, who is responsible for all these sins against humanity? Hint: the answer is in the title of the song (leader-the answer you are looking for: "I" ...what I've done. We're the only ones to blame.)

Transitional Statement:
In the lyrics to the song, Linkin Park not only seem to be accepting responsibility for some of these crimes against each other and our planet... but they also seem to be seeking forgiveness and mercy for "What I've done."

Divide into Small Groups:
Let's go ahead and split up into our discussion groups to discuss this, and then afterward we'll come back together for a final word.


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Each show The Source for Youth Ministry Podcast will feature:
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  • YOUTH CULTURE WINDOW: In this section we will address popular videos, songs, quotes, statistics or youth culture phenomenon.

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