The Ballad of Moog, or A Parable on Godless Readings of Scripture

The Ballad of Moog

One early autumn day, Moog took a break and sat down on a rock. He took a deep breath and looked around at his friends and said, “Friends, I feel good. I feel secure. I feel safe. The harvest has been rich. The lambs have been fat. The evil ones have been puny.”

With one voice, his friends shouted, “Yes, Moog! You’re right!”

Moog stood and said, “Friends, let’s gather around in a circle and compose a song about how good we feel. How secure we feel. How enriched we feel. Let’s sing a song about an all-powerful god who loves us so much that he gave us all these good things! Let’s go CRAZY! Let’s sing a song about a god so powerful, he could lead us through the ocean!”

“What’s a god, Moog?”

“I dunno – we’ll work that out while we’re singing about how good we feel.”

“Through the ocean! No way! That’s too much!”

“Through the ocean. That’s how good and secure and enriched and just plain LOVED we all feel.”

“But Moog, what if, one day, many many many many days from today, some people hear our song and believe that these things actually happened???”

“It’ll never happen. Nobody would ever be dumb enough to mistake this song for anything besides one group of people expressing how wonderful they feel about life.”

The End.


About Nick Gill

orphan-poet-adoptee-soldier-prodigal-servant-husband- counselor-desperate seeker after my Father's face "I feel my body weakened by the years as people turn to gods of cruel design. Is it that they fear the pain of death, or is it that they fear the joy of life?" - Toad the Wet Sprocket

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