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A favorite Christmas song: The Rebel Jesus

December 24, 2013

Today and tomorrow I will be taking some time away from blogging to focus on family. But I thought it would be good to include a serious Christmas post. I have been asked more than a few times if Christianity and libertarianism can co-exist; to which I answer “I believe Jesus is one of the oldest recorded libertarians in history”.  There is much to learn from the teachings of Jesus for everyone. This is true even for those who are not religious and do not believe Jesus is the son of God.

Below I have embedded a video containing one of the truly best Christmas songs of all time: The Rebel Jesus. I have also included the lyrics to The Rebel Jesus as written by Jackson Browne. I think the lyrics tell a better story than I ever could…

The Rebel Jesus by Jackson Browne

All the streets are filled with laughter and ligh
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 judgement
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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