BEHIND THE SONG WITH KEVIN DAVIS
#244 - "Fire With Fire" by The Letter Black
How do we "fight fire with fire" as Christians? NRT's Kevin Davis finds out.

By KevinDavis_NRT

BEHIND THE SONG WITH KEVIN DAVIS, #244 -
Sarah Anthony: "Christians should fight back for what they believe. Stand up and fight for [it]."
Formed in 2006 under the name Breaking the Silence, The Letter Black already has built a strong established fan-base by opening for Skillet on multiple dates, and there are no plans to slow down as they played at major festivals this summer.

This Uniontown, Penn.-based band has already brought a major amount of attention on Tooth & Nail Records, their new label home that last year released their national debut, Hanging On By A Thread. Describing the band’s songs, Mark Anthony shares, “Our songs are not always happy, but rather about real life situations. All of us go through different chapters in our lives, and in these chapters we write letters of good and bad times. Some letters in our chapters, we are happy to share. Others, we are not so proud to reveal. The Letter Black reminds us of the past mistakes we have made and helps us remember to not keep making the same mistakes.”

I had the great opportunity to interview Sarah and Mark Anthony in-person at Creation Northeast about their hit single “Fire With Fire.” Here are the answers to the questions I asked the band.

Please tell me the message behind the song “Fire With Fire.”

Our whole message behind the song is that Christians should fight back for what they believe. People who think we need gay rights approved are fighting hard, as are people who think that abortion is okay. They are all fighting for their rights, in their opinion. We are fed up with that. You hear Christians complain about how this is wrong and they don’t do anything. Our biggest thing is that many times Christians act like doormats. Do it in love, but don’t just sit back and do nothing when you see something that’s wrong. Stand up and fight for what you believe. People get scared of fighting, but Jesus displayed a righteous anger in the Bible. He flipped the tables in the temple. If you did that today, people would say you have anger issues. But there is a time and a place to stand up for what you believe.

Did you base the song on any Bible verses? Any life verse?

The song is based on “the Golden Rule,” found throughout the Bible in Leviticus 19:18; Matthew 7:12 and Luke 6:31.

Leviticus 19:18: You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD.

Matthew 7:12: Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

Luke 6:31: And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise.

How can listeners apply that message in their walks as Christians when they listen to the song?

The message of the song is to do something. If you have a problem with an issue, it’s our responsibility to do something as Christians. God has told us to do it. If you are truly a servant of God, you’re going to be obedient. It’s about time to do what He says. You need to remember that everyone is human and that everyone will make mistakes, including yourself. So the best thing you can do is to focus on yourself, instead of judging others. Keep in mind that even when you strive to do your best, you can still make mistakes, and that’s actually the idea behind the song “Best Of Me.” It’s our slow single off the new album. The lyrics talk about giving God your best, even though you’re not perfect. Deep down inside, you know that following Jesus is the right thing to do, so you should follow Him and give Him the best that you possibly can because He deserves your very best.

Here are the lyrics:

You had to open up that door
It's never gonna be the way it was before
So what do we fight for
Do we always have to even up that score

I don't know where we went wrong
I don't know where we belong
Tell me why we are so lost
Will we decide which side we're on

And now it's on we're fighting
Fire with fire
The flames are burning burning
Higher and higher
It always has to be an eye for an eye
Justice remains the one and only desire
Fighting fire with fire
You do to me like I do to you
I do to you like you do to me
Fighting fire with fire, Fire with fire

There's a feeling deep inside
It's way to hard to ever push aside
It's all that's on your mind
I wanna give in but I can't this time

I don't know where we went wrong
I don't know where we belong
Tell me why we are so lost
Will we decide which side we're on

And now it's on we're fighting
Fire with fire
The flames are burning burning
Higher and higher
It always has to be an eye for an eye
Justice remains the one and only desire
Fighting fire with fire
You do to me like I do to you
I do to you like you do to me
Fighting fire with fire
Fire with fire

You aren't backing down backing down
And I ain't giving into you
There's no more common ground common ground
You broke the only golden rule

And now it's on we're fighting
Fire with fire
The flames are burning burning
Higher and higher
It always has to be an eye for an eye
Justice remains the one and only desire
Fighting fire with fire
You do to me like I do to you
I do to you like you do to me
Fighting fire with fire, Fire with fire


Here’s IVP’s Bible Commentary on Luke 7:12: “If those who condemn others are condemned God clearly operates on a principle of reciprocity; we must do good to people in advance of their doing good to us, trusting God to reward us later. The principle in this context is that as we give, it will be given to us by God in the day of judgment. If God is the example of giving, we should give whatever people need. How we treat others reveals our character and hence reveals our eternal destiny At least since a sermon of John Wesley in 1750 this has been called the ‘Golden Rule.’”

There is a lot of great biblical truth throughout this song. In the chorus, the lyrics, “It always has to be an eye for an eye, Justice remains the one and only desire, Fighting fire with fire,” are based on the Old Testament where God reminds us in Leviticus 19:18 “You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD” and in the bridge--“You broke the only golden rule” comes from the words of Jesus in Matthew 7:12 and Luke 6:31--paraphrased: “Do Unto Others.”

As The Letter Black challenges us in the song, don’t back down, don’t give in. As Christians, we don’t have any common ground with non-believers who believe in gay marriage and abortion for example. Stand up for what you believe, with conviction, and fight “fire with fire.”

You can watch the music video here.
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Posted August 09, 2011 | Kevin Davis is a longtime fan of Christian music, an avid music collector and credits the message of Christian music for leading him to Christ.

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Great Article | Posted August 16, 2011
It is nice to hear people speak the truth about Christians being doormats I was that way for a long time because that is what I thought we as Christians were suppose to do, not rock the boat. But this article says a lot about how Christians need to take charge by The Letter Blacks' point of view. You also learned where they come from and what motivates them as as band and as Christians. Very well written article.
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