“Pardon me if I have seemed to take the tone of judgement for I have no wish to come between this day and your enjoyment.”
This is how Jackson Browne winds down his moving song, as “a heathen and a pagan on the side of the rebel, Jesus,” to quote his own words.
Stunning how he wrote this song decades ago, yet, the broken and greedy capitalist trajectory of America, and the plight of the poor, have only magnified, to horrific scales two decades into the 21st Century.
What sort of human ideology is it that perpetuates and multiplies our depravity toward fellow humanity?
Well, as Browne indicates, it requires “judgement” to assesses whether or not something is dysfunctional and possibility evil. It requires “judgement” if one is going to appraise something as “good.”
If one taps into a beautiful standard of “good,” and is able to appraise all things within that standard, then light bursts forth and the darkness of a matter, or all things is exposed, even the churches of Jesus.
Astutely, Browne sees through the facade of Christianity and humanity in general:
“But if any one of us should interfere in the business of why there are poor, the get the same as the rebel Jesus.”
“Give a little to the poor,” but to end the condition of “poor” one has to ask why there are poor and this will lead one to the behaviors and beliefs of other humans. It is not mysterious or rocket science.
Consider Browne’s nuggets of truth and wisdom this Christmas.
Hear the full song and read the full lyrics on the below YouTube channel: