I Hate All Your Show

Otherwise titled “Jesus thinks you suck.” Nicely, I mean. In his Jesus-y way. Let me elaborate.

One of my favorite Christian songs is “Instead Of A Show” by Jon Foreman. The lyrics are lifted directly from Amos 5.

I hate all your show and pretense
The hypocrisy of your praise 
The hypocrisy of your festivals
I hate all your show 

Away with your noisy worship
Away with your noisy hymns
I stop up your ears when you’re singing ’em
I hate all your show

Instead, let there be a flood of justice
An endless procession of righteous  living, living
Instead, let there be a flood of justice
Instead of a show

Your eyes are closed when you’re praying
You sing right along with the band
You shine up your shoes for services
There’s blood on your hands

You turned your back on the homeless,
And the ones who don’t fit in your plan
Quit playing religion games, 
There’s blood on your hands
Instead, let there be a flood of justice
An endless procession of righteous  living, living
Instead, let there be a flood of justice
Instead of a show
I hate all your show 

I hate your show, America. I am sick of it. I am sick of you claiming to be a Christian, but you’re denying hungry children food.  You’re cutting funding for a program that feeds hungry veterans (as well as elderly). You’re overturning the ACA, which will KILL my friends. 

So, you know how the entire Bible is Jesus being all “PEOPLE NO!” and people are all “PEOPLE YES!” And Jesus is like “Oh my me, seriously, people, DON’T!” and people are like WATCH ME? Yeah, that’s still the world we live in. Jesus is all “AMERICA NO!” and Trump America is all “AMERICA YES!”

I am sick of fighting for my rights.
I am sick of crying because my friends are hungry, because food stamps is a joke in America. When I was poor and struggling? I got twenty some bucks a month. That was it. I’m still poor and I’m still struggling, but I make do because I have friends who can help me. Not everyone has that luxury. I am one of the “lucky” ones.

I am sick of people trying to take away my health care. “I don’t mean the people like you, who really need it”. Oh? Then which one of my friends DO you mean? I recently fought with someone on the children’s hospital page because they decided that since I’m capable of posting on Facebook, I’m capable of working. I WISH that were true. If I could get paid for being an advocate, if I could get paid for writing accessibility policies, trust me, I would. But a job does NOT exist for everyone. I would need things that just aren’t feasible – ample sick time (for everyone – I have a very weak immune system, so I can’t work around people who are sick. They need to be able to take off, too. I need to take off for appointments. And days when I’m sick), excellent insurance, numerous in-house things, etc.

Here’s the thing. Our system is broken. It needs to be fixed. But taking away food and health care isn’t the way to go without it. Jeopardizing lives isn’t the way to do it. It’s not what Jesus wants. It’s not what He would do.

He would love.

He would heal.

He would help.

He would do the Jesus-y thing.

He hates your show, too, America. And he sees right through it.

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