“Know my weakness, know my voice.
I believe in grace and choice.
I know that perhaps my heart is farce
but I know that I'll be born without a mask”
- From Babel by Mumford and Sons
Number 1 record Babel is another theology strewn record from Mumford and Sons and this line “I believe in grace and choice” has been a much quoted line. God’s grace and human choice is a tension that theologians have debated over for centuries. In Mumford’s context it is a subjective line of a man who is acutely aware of his own human weakness and vulnerability, his responsibility for the things he does. However, alive alongside his weakness there is this transcendent interruption of God’s grace, God’s love, God’s redeeming intervention. In the end the absurd disguise that his actions reveal will eventually be rid of and he will be born again as his
real self. In the end the song is about hopeful grace in a confession of slavery to fake.