Both in terms of the music and the words, I wanted something that represented a sort of anthem for me. A lot of popular artists have a signature song that pretty much sums up what they're about. One example that comes readily to mind is Rock And Roll All Nite by KISS. They often end concerts with it, and one listen to the song gives you a synopsis of that band's message.
I Know The Way should make it clear what I believe: that faith in Jesus Christ is the only way for a person to be saved. I felt it was important to emphasize that I know it, because I think that sometimes we can offer up our testimony almost like an apology: "Here's what I believe, but I've got nothing against other religions," or something of that sort.
It says in the Bible that when Jesus taught, he spoke with authority. Later, when the Apostles were filled with the Holy Spirit and were speaking publicly, their message was bold and uncompromising; they were not simply offering some advice or one possible solution among many. They were saying, "This is it! This is THE way. Repent and believe if you want to be saved from the judgment to come."
It's very socially acceptable, and even widely considered admirable, to be a seeker. I recently read a Parade magazine interview with country music superstar Brad Paisley in which he was quoted as saying, "I'm not answering questions with my songs... I don't have the answers. But I am asking the questions, and that's the fun part..." I also recall reading, at some point a few years back, an article in which Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling described herself as a seeker, likening her spiritual quest (if my memory serves) to the fictional Quidditch position in her very popular series. If Wikipedia is to be believed, one certainly gets that impression from the quotes by Rowling presented there.
I'm very aware of, and familiar with, the work of both of these people, and I know my own limitations. But while I may not ever play guitar with the facility of someone like Brad Paisley, or invent an immensely popular collection of stories the way J.K. Rowling can, I am proud to say that I'm not just a seeker, but a finder. I don't know everything, but I do know the answer to the very question that most people seem to think it's cool to never answer.
I think people actually want to hear boldness. If the message of Christ is true at all, why be wishy-washy about it? And I believe it is true. A genuine belief in Jesus - a belief that produces the fruit of obedience to his words - will save your soul.
I'd like to add one more note to this exposition. I don't watch a lot of television, and due to my recent work schedule and other activities, I've lately watched even less. But the other day, an interesting thing happened. I had made plans to try to get at least a passable take of the guitar part for this song, and sat down to eat dinner in advance of recording. I turned the TV on, and the guide channel said that the current miniseries entitled The Bible was on. I had seen about 5 minutes of this series before.
I switched over to it, and it was right at the part where Jesus is tortured, crucified, and later resurrected. If I needed a reminder about the truth in the song I had written, I got it. And keeping that in mind, I got a take - not a perfect one, but as I'm not a perfect person I suppose that's okay.
Regarding the depiction on T.V. of these particular events, it may not have been perfect either, but the essence was there (I don't know if that's true about the rest of the series or not). And something occurred to me: the miniseries, which portrayed these moments in Jesus' life with pretty gruesome detail, was being shown on the History Channel. I've heard it said - perhaps even by people who profess to be believers - that "the Bible isn't meant to be read as history." I've always felt that statement was ridiculous. It's plain that the authors were presenting these occurrences as things that really took place, and which were witnessed by real people. So what else does one call such a presentation? I think it's great that this part of The Bible program ended up on the History Channel, whether people choose to acknowledge the facts or not. It reminds me of something that happened during the course of the series segment that I watched, drawn directly from the real Bible: Pilate has a sign made to hang over Jesus which says "The King of the Jews." The religious leaders asked him to change it, but he wouldn't, and so the truth was publicly posted for all to see. Nearly 2000 years later, despite the protestations of some, this story of Jesus was presented as real history.