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That Old Time Religion

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That Old Time Religion

Give me that old time religion the way that it used to be,
Not that I’m looking to burn a witch or cast her into the sea.

Back in the day when praising the Lord was not an imposition,
But not so far back in time like during the Spanish Inquisition.

Just far enough back that Christ was why the world was made,
But not as far as when we killed non-believers while on crusade. 

Just back in the good old days when everyone dressed so nice,
Neighbors might miss church once but wouldn’t dare miss it twice.

Back when scientists were our friends and not enemies to God,
Except for Galileo, the church never need spare the rod.

I’d like to see the world go back to when people knew their places,
But not so far back in time that people were separated by their races.

Back when hearing the sermon given was the center of God’s plan,
But after it was alright to be delivered by someone other than a man.

The more that I think of it, maybe we just haven’t gotten that far yet,
And aiming for a future old time religion should be our new target.

We should advance the cause of Christ and feel free to question and discuss,
And someday someone will look back in time and wish that they were us.

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  1. Date: 11/1/2011 1:25:00 PM
    Old time religion was and still is good enough for me.

  1. Date: 11/1/2011 4:48:00 AM
    Great written words of times gone n past, when innocense wasn't seen as crass, when life was better, seems at last, yes mate i know the feeling... Good one Tony, mate of mine...

  1. Date: 10/30/2011 8:25:00 PM
    Thoughtful write Tony, love how you present two sides to the story in each line of every verse.

  1. Date: 10/30/2011 4:51:00 PM
    Revival or revolution?

  1. Date: 10/30/2011 4:14:00 PM
    hmmm, I am not so sure that time even has ever existed. By what you say, a time when people were not separated by races. That one still is not cured today!! Yes, your last couplet says it well, we will have to be the ones that become the new old time religion!

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    Date: 10/31/2011 10:53:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    My minister made a comment about getting back to the old time religion. I couldn't think of a time when there wasn't something that i owuldn't want to be a part of in religion. I have taught Bible for almost 30 years now and I think we are moving in the right direction but we're not there yet.
  1. Date: 10/30/2011 12:30:00 PM
    soulful write that beaggs for enlightenment, tony.... best wishes,, a stunning write!...hugggs!

  1. Date: 10/30/2011 11:58:00 AM
    Love the song and your thoughts...

  1. Date: 10/30/2011 10:25:00 AM
    Great message in your poem, Tony. If we went back just a hundred years, I think we'd find a better balance of religious practices. Still, we can't make the mistake of killing "nonbelievers." It seems best to respect every person's beliefs. Thought-provoking write! Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 10/30/2011 9:44:00 AM
    ok, I'm in ~N

  1. Date: 10/30/2011 9:01:00 AM
    Very Nice x

  1. Date: 10/30/2011 8:59:00 AM
    Well writ. Religion has always been the center of contention. Despite the chaos, we do live in a great time.

  1. Date: 10/30/2011 8:56:00 AM
    Oh, I miss those days, Tony! And I looooove the old time religion song too....great synthesis of history laced thru out. You keep getting better and better and better and better...Energizer poet!! ha ha. Gwendolen....