Creep in Wolves Clothing
Said a newly ordained minister
to a most distraught parishioner:
Dear lady, I couldn’t help but notice
your discomfort throughout the service,
your face ill-at-ease, at times in shock
in contrast to most dead-pans of the flock?
If I may, I think I understand your pain,
so allow me here and now to explain.
Traditional christian theology
is no longer as valid as it used to be.
Modern scholarship and research
have forced radical changes to the church,
brought new light and understanding
to primitive beliefs long standing –.
a blind and well-meaning tyranny
that has controlled millions to its slavery.
Our goal is to free this orthodoxy
to a new and liberating modernity
and freeing it totally of the original –
in short, to one pure and unequivocal!
Then and only then will we be liberated
from empty beliefs long antiquated!
Sunday school Bible stories, for example,
are far more fanciful than historical.
Adam, Eve, the garden, the forbidden apple
the talking serpent – all colorful but fable.
True, we accepted them without question
but only to escape eternal damnation.
Now you can listen and enjoy a homily
and never have to believe it literally,
though some may at times feel I’m at fault.
If so, just accept me with a grain of salt.
Only don’t despair or panic. After all,
it’s not as if belief in a God were vital.
Copyright © Maurice Rigoler | Year Posted 2020
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