VERSE / Mariann G. Wizard : I’m Not Down With Jesus Anymore

“Republican Jesus.” Painting by Brett Bretterson / Uncyclomedia Commons.

I’m Not Down With Jesus Anymore

a response to “The Response”

O I’m Not Down With Jesus Anymore –

They say He votes Republican and leads us into war,

and He will not heal anyone if they’ve been sick before –

No, I’m Not Down With Jesus Anymore!

I thought that I knew Jesus as a child –

He said he was a friend to all, so gentle and so mild,

and He held out His hand to me when I got kind of wild,

but that was before Jesus got so riled!

Now Jesus just seems angry all the time –

He hangs out with the big shots and overlooks their crimes,

and for the old and helpless, He hasn’t got a dime –

it’s their own fault if they’re not in their prime!

Yeah, Jesus changed on his way to the top –

some say because his Daddy thought He was a flop,

He started acting less laid back and way more like a cop,

and now He’s grown up, He’s just like his Pop!

Jesus Christ no longer loves his brother –

can you imagine how that hurts His Mother?

And forget that Golden Rule of treating others

as you would like to be – that’s just for losers, you schmuck!

I remember all the good times that we had –

like back when wearin’ sandals was considered really rad,

or turnin’ water into wine, man, that was super-bad!

But I’m not gonna let it make me sad.

We’ll still be here if Jesus’s new friends

decide that they don’t need Him when they win –

when He sees them fill their bank accounts and commit their mortal sins –

He can join us at the barricades we tend!

But I’m Not Down With Jesus Anymore –

not if He votes Republican and still supports the war,

not if He won’t heal anyone who has been sick before –

No, I’m Not Down With Jesus Anymore!

© mgw 8/25/11

Mariann G. Wizard / The Rag Blog

[Mariann G. Wizard, a Sixties radical activist and contributor to
The Rag, Austin’s underground newspaper from the 60s and 70s, is a poet, a professional science writer specializing in natural health therapies, and a regular contributor to The Rag Blog. Read more poetry and articles by Mariann G. Wizard on The Rag Blog.]

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7 Responses to VERSE / Mariann G. Wizard : I’m Not Down With Jesus Anymore

  1. Anonymous says:

    So many good lines. This is great. Somebody put some music to it. Would become a classic.

    – Anonymous Piltz

  2. Anonymous says:

    This could only have been written by a Wizard. Mariann that is.I'm not down, either, Sister!

  3. Mariann says:

    Fear not, there is music — now who can I get to sing it??

  4. Susan McL says:

    I wonder if Joan Baez would be willing. I can hear it in her voice already. Many thanks, Mariann.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Way Cool!!
    Love it.

  6. T.G. Fisher says:

    Makes a lot more sense that Ray Stevens singing, “Jesus loves the little children, all the little children of the world.” I think about that song (And Roy Rogers singing, “yes, Jesus loves me, the bible tells me so..) every time I hear that over 300 children are murdered in the U.S. every year by their PARENTS. And see the skinny, starving children in Africa. Bible thumpers are sick,sick,sick.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Wizard has penned our anthem.

    An atheist, (never down with jeebus.)

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