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Gospel of Bondage

by Bruce Cockburn

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Tabloids, bellowing raw delight Hail the return of the Teutonic knights Inbred for purity and spoiling for a fight Another little puppet of the New Right See-through dollars and mystery plagues Varied detritus of Aquarium Age Shutters on storefronts and shutters in the mind We kill ourselves to keep ourselves safe from crime That's the gospel of bondage We're so afraid of disorder we make it into a god We can only placate with state security laws Whose church consists of secret courts and wiretaps and shocks Whose priests hold smoking guns and whose sign is the double cross But God must be on the side of the side that's right And not the right that justifies itself in terms of might Least of all a bunch of neo-Nazis running hooded through the night Which may be why He's so conspicuously out of sight Of the gospel of bondage You read the Bible in your special ways You're fond of quoting certain things it says Mouth full of righteousness and wrath from above But, when do we hear about forgiveness and love? Sometimes you can hear the spirit whispering to you But, if God stays silent, what else can you do Except listen to the silence? If you ever did, you'd surely see That God won't be reduced to an ideology Such as the gospel of bondage

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