I grew up with all the old hymns, one of which was “Ol’ Time Religion,” which everyone sang with vigor. However, later in life I had second thoughts about the words to this traditional hymn. The way we’ve always done things is not always the best way. I therefore penned this new version:
Don’t gimme that ‘ol time religion
It’s not good enough for me;
I believe that God is bigger than “they” say,
If I must sing “Just As I Am,”
But be just as you are,
Then the King of Kings is not the Truth, the Way.
I believe our God is bigger
Than our Fathers first believed;
He is awesome in His glory and His grace.
He was good enough for Moses
And for Martin Luther King,
He is not a God Who didn’t provide the Way.
Oh, God is good!
Yes, God is great!
He is not the narrow Father some have praised;
And His love is ever-cleansing
And it covers all our sins;
Yes, He is the Holy Light, the Truth, the Way.
Just as God’s love reached the leper,
He receives the straight, the gay;
He responds to all who lovingly praise His name.
And He’s not one who is keeping score;
He put Jesus on our side
So the scale is tipped forever in our favor.
We were taught He loves the children
–Yellow, red, and black and white,
And somehow we sang of love yet practiced hate;
But the Bible clearly teaches
That our God is color blind;
His embrace is there for every sort and kind.
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