You’re going to reach a point (We all do)
Where you must decide whether you will be right or good.
I know, Jesus never found Himself in such a spot
But he was God made flesh. You and I are not.
And when I reach that point, I want to say:
“I don’t know if this is right.
I don’t know how it fits in with systematic theology
With moral law, with moral codes
But I know how to be good.”
I’ve learned the hard way that right, like rights,
Can be abused, can be abusive:
- Right and wrong (who decides?)
- Legal and illegal (who makes the laws?)
- Winning the argument
- Contempt for the loser
- Insiders and outsiders
- orthodox and heretics
- Moral panics
- “They deserve it.”
- “They would do the same to us.”
These are tools of domination. These are acts of violence
They’re labels and weapons the powerful use to maintain their supremacy
Be it white or male or hetero/cis.
It’s all the same. Power. Money. Control.
The rich men who wield it
The rough men who enforce it
The abuse and domination of women
And the blood of dark-skinned people
And anyone different in religion, sexuality, or creed
The enslavement of millions in for-profit prisons
And the torture of the few with neither trial nor hope
We can be right.
We can be in control.
We can hold the moral high ground
Or we can be good.
Or we can love as Jesus loved.
But we cannot serve both God and mammon.