The Religious Parade: Unreal and Real

Click HERE to read and view the photos of religion on the campaign trail in Michael Gerson’s opinion piece in this morning’s Washington Post. Comment below to generate the discussion her.  But…before you do…ponder Steve Shoemaker‘s “The Donkey”  sent to me this morning in preparation for Palm/Passion Sunday.

THE DONKEY (A Children’s Verse)

The coats the folks are throwing down

sure make it hard for me to walk

especially carrying this clown

whose feet are almost to the ground.

“Hosannah King!” is all the talk,

but this guy seems to be as poor

as I am–no one could mistake

him for a Royal–he’s just a fake!

They wave palm branches, and they roar,

but my long ears can hear the real

parade across the city square:

the General, the Priests, the score

of war horses–the whole grand deal.

This pitiful parade will fail

to save a soul, and soon the yell

will change from “Hail!” to…”Kill!”

2 thoughts on “The Religious Parade: Unreal and Real

  1. Love the donkey’s view…. especially in context of the text in yesterday’s Bible study. Looking at things from a different angle gives, of course, a different perspective, and often a deeper meaning to the text we have heard from childhood, The meaning of the word Hosanna when placed in the historical context of the time, is enlightening.. And yes, today’s religion all too often skips from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday’s celebration of the Resurrection leaves out most of the story – sort of like reading the first and last pages of a much more nuanced book.

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