You know, as secular and agnostic I can be, there is one thing I can credit Christianity for. The music. I'm not talking about hymns, though those are
lovely. I'm talking about lively, vibrant, charged and energetic gospel souls, blues and funk. If you find regular church mass boring as hell, and dreary and tedious as the preacher monotonously drones on and on about scripture, try for a more soulful congregation. Those guys know how to party, and the way they preach scripture is all kinds of fun. I once visited Florida with the family, and we stopped at this church-slash-bed-and-breakfast joint for brunch. Congregation and gospel included. The next two hours, everyone was jumping, dancing and singing at the top of their lungs. It was quite the atmosphere, one I certainly enjoyed. You know that scene in The Blues Brothers
where the brothers attend the church of Rev James Brown? It was exactly like that.
I think they even sang "Old Landmark."
On top of that, it wasn't just songs about the glory of God and the love of Christ. They covered a couple of Aretha Franklin tunes, a few Ray Charles, some Brown, and a few others. Some I think were either original or lifted from other soul singers I'm not as familiar with. Food was good, music was better. I'm of mind the whole of Christianity could benefit from adopting the sheer joy out of gospel. They could win legions of followers if they were less rigid and stiff, and more relaxed and groovy. That, and if they publicly castrated their pedophiliac priests and staked their privates atop the Vatican, to rot in the Italian sun.
Can I get an amen? I say, I say, can I GET AN AMEN! LOUDER! CAN I GET AN AMEN?!
The Lord wants you to DANCE!www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1KZKZ…