Thursday, July 09, 2015

They'll Know We Are Christians By Our Love (post-Obergefell edition)

When I was a kid forced to attend Sunday School classes (Protestant congregation: UMC represent!), and during a later stint in the Children's Choir, I frequently sang a hymn which had the chorus "And they'll know we are Christians by our love, by our love, yes they'll kno-ow we are Christians by our love."

But that was a long time ago, and politically active Christianity has found a new focus recently. So, as a public service to those whose sincerely held religious convictions compel them to take a firm stance on a certain recent Supreme Court decision, I've taken the liberty of updating the lyrics to one of my favorite hymns from childhood:

They'll Know We Are Christians By Our Love (post-Obergefell angry lyrics)

We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord,
We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord,
And we pray inequality may one day be restored.


And they’ll know we are Christians by our sneers, by our sneers,
Yes, they’ll know us by our dislike of the queers.

We'll get mad with each other, we'll get mad hand in hand,
We'll get mad with each other, we'll get mad hand in hand,
And we'll tell all the gay folk they're not wanted in our land.

And they'll know we are Christians by our rage, by our rage
Yes, that's why we're so politically engaged.

We'll condemn all the faggots, we'll condemn side by side,
We'll condemn all the faggots, we'll condemn side by side,
And we'll tell them they're maggots 'cause that props up our own pride.

And they'll know we are Christians by our hate, by our hate,
Yes, they'll notice we're eternally irate.

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