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March 6, 2007

Would you Crucify Him?

Filed under: Christianity,Church,History — avoiceofreason @ 4:56 am

Was reminiscing after reading some relgious posts at a pretty good blog, http://4simpsons.com/, about one of my favorite spiritual songs.

Would You Crucify Him, By John Michael Talbot

Sometimes, in the cool of the evenin’
Truth comes like a Lover in the wind
Sometimes, when my thoughts have gone misleadin’
She asks that same old question once again…

Would you crucify Him
Would you crucify Him…, my religious friend?
Would you crucify Him…, talking ’bout the sweet Lord Jesus
If He’d walk right here among you once again?

She’s askin’, How many times have you looked down to the harlot
Lookin’ through her tears, pretendin’ you don’t know?
For once you were just like her, how can you be now so self righteous
When in the name of the Lord you throw the first stone

So now I turn to you through your years of your robes and stained-glass windows
Do you vainly echo your prayers “to please the Lord?”
Profess the Marriage with your tongue, while your mind dreams like the harlot
But if the Judge looks to your thoughts can’t you guess your reward?

Yet how many times have you quoted from your Bible
To justify your eye for your eye and your tooth for your tooth?
You say that He didn’t mean what He was plainly sayin’
But like the Pharisee, my friend, you’re an educated fool!

And somehow, I think I’d crucify Him

I think I’d crucify him, me and my own friends

I think we’d crucify him, talkin’ bout the Sweet Lord Jesus

If he came and lived among us once again.



  1. Very interesting, do you think this is applicable to all humankind? Or specific kinds of people only?

    Comment by entersandman — March 6, 2007 @ 5:44 am | Reply

  2. Well, first it applies to me. One of the most important aspects of “faith” I feel is self reflection based upon data. The data is how you see yourself and how others see you. These things cause the mature person to self-reflect.

    There is also a bigger picture, and that is a societal conciousness. I think that the message that Christ brought forth, and from this I look at the social context, rocked the world in which he lived to its very core. I believe that his message and his acts in the temple threatened the nexus that existed between the Jewish state and the Roman Empire, and that was the final straw in the minds of the establishment.

    I also feel that many who threaten the establishment, find this fate. The establishment, and I know I am part of it, as most people are, sadly get the little guy to do a lot of their dirty work for him.

    Consider so many areas that go against the betterment of John and Jane Q. Public, but forces outside of themselves, that permeate society as a whole have them act in way that are against their own interest. In the end it was the mob, that suffered the most under the mentioned nexus between the Jewish state and the Roman Empire, that ended up screaming the loudest for Christ’s execution.

    To deny the social mandates that the Christian ethic demands of its followers is to deny one of the more vibrant themes found in scriptures of both the Old and New Testament.

    Comment by avoiceofreason — March 6, 2007 @ 5:56 am | Reply

  3. What a thought provoking song. I have thought of that concept before. I mean, what makes me think I would have been any better than Judas or Peter? Would I have gone against the crowd or would I have been shouting, “Give us Barrabas!” (aka Democracy’s not-so-finest moment)? It makes me that much more thankful for God’s grace.

    P.S. Hey, thanks for the link! Didn’t catch that right away.

    Love your blog – found it over at ICanPlainlySee. You really are the Voice of Reason!

    Comment by Neil — March 6, 2007 @ 2:14 pm | Reply

  4. I’m a fan of John Michael Talbot also. Did you know he has his own blog now?


    Comment by Jay KTX — March 13, 2007 @ 2:34 am | Reply

  5. I didn’t know this.
    I saw him perform and speak when I was a teen, a LONG time ago, and I was impressed with his seriousness.

    I remember listening to his “The Painter” album when I was a bit older, and found the lyrics provocative. Perhaps, that is the best role of a writer, to cause a new threshold of understanding to arise.

    Thanks for the link, I will look it up!

    Comment by avoiceofreason — March 13, 2007 @ 3:48 am | Reply

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