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Moment of Truth by Matthew West

Album: Something to SayReleased: 2008
  • West explained to Christian Music Today why he wrote this song about a struggling marriage: "For so long, I've seen families under attack—marriages ending in divorce, fathers leaving their kids and their wives. It just struck me as a topic that's never really written about. That was just a song that came out of that desire to talk about the real life things going on in the world. Sometimes in the Christian world, we tend to gloss over it, and I didn't want to on this topic. I really wanted to keep it real because Christian families have as many problems with divorce as families outside the church. So it's indirectly inspired by the fact that I'm a dad now, and that no matter what kind of hard times my family might face, I can never imagine walking out on my daughter and my wife.
    I guess the song is indirectly steeped in a very personal connection that I have with my own family. Honestly, just about every song I write is—indirectly or directly. Sometimes you write it and don't realize how much a part of your life it really is, but then I draw from my own life as much as possible because that's why I started writing the song in the first place. It was an outlet for communicating what was going on in my heart. 'The Moment of Truth' is one of those songs that I hope helps struggling marriages all over the country, to remind them that nothing is worth leaving your family over. God has a plan for every family."
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If only my "christian", preacher's daughter wife would pay one ounce of attention to this. Three boys, 15 years of marriage, she's been the only one unfaithful, but I've had medical problems leading to career problems in this economy, so suddenly commitment means nothing and she drops the boys off when she goes dating. How can I counteract that kind of modeling in my boys' development? Not to mention my own bottomless well of pain over which I precariously balance every day.Robert - Delphi, In