Jesus Loves Me
(An existential version of that favorite childhood song.
I encourage you to have some fun by singing along as you read it.)
Jesus loves me, this I know
Postmodern grace has made it so
With His Spirit in my heart
External truth now has no part
Did Jesus tell me?
Oh, how can I know?
I feel Jesus told me,
I hope that makes it so.
The Bible says that I must go
Proclaim His Word – oh no no no
Now existential I’ve become
‘Cause His commands just leave me numb
My sense of Jesus is true light
I do not worry what is right
With my sensibilities
I do not need moralities
The Bible’s NOT the Word of God
My own perceptions earn my nod
The Jesus I have come to see
Surprisingly looks just like me
I only want the Living Word
The Bible seems just too absurd
Now I perceive reality
The way I want it all to be
Sorry for this brief interlude from our regularly scheduled series. I was feeling the Holy Spirit speak to my heart and this song arose – so it must be from God (right?). Who am I to thwart His leading?
This song is my tongue-in-cheek response to Jamal Jivanjee and his “Beyond” colleagues like Milt Rodriguez, who in a January blog and its comments elevate their own existential “revelation” over scripture – as they boldly proclaim that the Bible is a relic, NOT the Word of God, and that anyone who disagrees is a nasty old “legalist”.