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Fishin’ for religion

This song by Arrested Development says a lot about how I feel about religion these days. I haven’t been free to talk about it here while pastoring Filer Mennonite. And not surprisingly that experience had a negative impact on my faith. I’m finally making a turn around. But it’s remarkable how ridiculous the whole enterprise (organized religion… not faith in general) looks once you become an outsider. I think that’s why emergent church authors and churches are so appealing to me. Anyway… here’s the song. The words go by pretty fast so the lyrics are available if you click the “read more” link.

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Grab the hook, grab the line
Grab the bait, grab the box and wait
Tackle and shackle the topic the faculty has chosen
Chosen by many, chosen by plenty, chosen by any
man or woman who can’t understand
the topic that’s known and
[Go by the dock] flock and clock the topic
as I drop my hook and get a bite
The reason I’m fishin’ 4 a new religion
is my church makes me fall asleep
They’re praising a God that watches you weep
and doesn’t want you to do a damn thing about it
When they want change the preacher says “shout it”
Does shout bring about change ? I doubt it
All shout does is make you lose your voice
So on the dock I sit in silence
staring at a sea that’s full of violence
Scared to put my line in that water
coz it seems like there’s no religion in there
Naively so I give it another go
Sitting in church hearing legitimate woes
Pastor tells the lady it’ll be alright
Just pray so you can see the pearly gates so white
The lady prays and prays and prays and prays
and prays and prays and prays and prays…it’s everlasting
There’s nothing wrong with praying, it’s what she’s asking
She’s asking the Lord to let her cope
so one day she can see the golden ropes
What you pray for God will give
to be able to cope in this world we live
The word “cope” and the word “change”
is directly opposite, not the same
She should have been praying to change her woes
but pastor said “Pray to cope with those”
The government is happy with most baptist churches
coz they don’t do a damn thing to try to nurture
brothers and sisters on a revolution
Baptist teaches dying is the only solution
Passiveness causes others to pass us by
I throw my line until I’ve made my decision
until then, I’m still fishin’ 4 religion

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