“Einstein was not a handsome fellow, nobody ever called him Al”
Funny what words you remember from songs you have listened to. Why do they surface!
In the same way as Hawkwind were teasing Einstein, you could do the same to Jeremiah. Known as a man who told you straight. But when people don’t want it straight, they knock the messenger. Jeremiah was known as Mr Miserable.
Jesus wasn’t miserable. He had a great sense of humour, though humour doesn’t always translate well. You have to use your imagination to get into the action. I’ve always enjoyed preachers who can open up scripture in that way.
But beware. If you laugh, if you start to participate in the message, it can sneak up on you in a way it wouldn’t bite otherwise. I recommend it!
You may not have heard of Ian Smale, one time vicar, other time frontman with Christian pop group Ishmael United, then Rev Counta and the Speedoze, before becoming a minister, mainly through song, to children.
His songs were very straight “You can tell us to go to hell, but you won’t find us there!” In a song laced with football imagery, you get the chorus line “If you can’t shout ‘saved’ you’ll have to face the penalty.” A song portraying Jesus as a marksman who shoots to heal, and reveals that bread and wine were his secret weapon, ends with the satirical observation “the bread and the wine, on display you’ll find, places in a museum were folks come and see them each week.”
He got away with it, and he will still get away with it, because of the witty, pithy humour. His stuff is prophetic, the message still speaks.
I’m not sure who the ‘Revival Band’ are, but they are performing a song about 30 years after it was written. The lyrics are easier to understand than the original.
Hope you like it, and it makes you both chuckle, think and ponder.
or the original…