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The Rebel Jesus


For several years, Jackson Browne and I have been “mowing buddies.” I know you have never thought of Jackson Browne as being involved in lawn care and some of you have never thought of Jackson Browne at all. I listened to his music during my college years and now have a habit of listening to him as I am mowing the lawn. One of my favorite songs by Jackson Browne is “The Rebel Jesus;” a Christmas song.  I am not a Scrooge or a Grinch. I enjoy the Christmas season.  I get excited when Starbucks starts serving coffee in their red Christmas cups and I’m always a little sad when Christmas is over. Our family has had a great time this Christmas. We, like others, are becoming more reflective as a year ends and a new one begins. Unfortunately, during the holiday season we often allow consumerism and materialism to control our thoughts and our activities. This is where Jackson Browne comes into the picture. The rebel in me says life should be characterized by simplicity, service and giving to others. As a new year begins, I need to be reminded of the importance of being a “rebel” in a consumer driven society. I need to be reminded that the Jesus I follow is in fact a rebel and goes against the flow of today’s culture.

The Rebel Jesus

Lyrics by Jackson Browne

 

All the streets are filled with laughter and light
And the music of the season
And the merchants’ windows are all bright
With the faces of the children
And the families hurrying to their homes
While the sky darkens and freezes
Will be gathering around the hearths and tables
Giving thanks for God’s graces
And the birth of the rebel Jesus

Well they call him by ‘the Prince of Peace’
And they call him by ‘the Savior’
And they pray to him upon the seas
And in every bold endeavor
And they fill his churches with their pride and gold
As their faith in him increases
But they’ve turned the nature that I worship in
From a temple to a robber’s den
In the words of the rebel Jesus

Well we guard our world with locks and guns
And we guard our fine possessions
And once a year when Christmas comes
We give to our relations
And perhaps we give a little to the poor
If the generosity should seize us
But if any one of us should interfere
In the business of why there are poor
They get the same as the rebel Jesus

Now pardon me if I have seemed
To take the tone of judgment
For I’ve no wish to come between
This day and your enjoyment
In a life of hardship and of earthly toil
There’s a need for anything that frees us
So I bid you pleasure
And I bid you cheer
From a heathen and a pagan
On the side of the rebel Jesus

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