Lion of the Tribe of Judah

I should have a Dresden post by the end of the day, or possibly slightly afterward but backdated. In the meantime, enjoy my very favorite Christian music song for the holidays.

While I don’t believe in the devil, if there was one, and it was trying to subvert Christianity, this would absolutely be what it would look like.

15 Comments

  1. illhousen says:
    “While I don’t believe in the devil”

    Don’t worry, we believe in you, so keep up the good work.

  2. Joe says:
    >While I don’t believe in the devil, if there was one, and it was trying to subvert Christianity, this would absolutely be what it would look like
    .
    Could you elaborate on that? If there’s something sacrilegious in there, I missed it.
    1. illhousen says:
      Nothing blasphemous, but the song sounds like it’s about some vaguely eldritch abomination who is going to come for your soul.

      The repetitiveness does it for me. Really invokes madness mantra here.

      EDIT: I mean, just replace Jesus with Nyarlathotep, the Black King From The East, the Crawling Chaos and the Soul of Outer Gods.

      The song still works, but the meaning… is rather different.

      EDIT2: On second thought, the King in Yellow works better.

      “People get ready!
      Hastur is coming!
      People get ready!
      Hastur is coming!
      People get ready!
      Hastur is coming!

      People walking around
      With their fingers in the their ears
      Singing, “Da da da da da.”
      “I don’t want to hear the sound of the coming King in Yellow.”

      1. sliz225 says:
        Even the lighting is a nice, demonic red. Are the slowly swaying hands the natural result of old white people trying to dance, or part of a demonic ritual?
        1. Farla says:
          There’s a difference?
    2. Farla says:
      The song is pretty much running down the list of things Jesus is supposed to be and saying their Jesus isn’t that. They repudiate the baby in the manger and the man on the cross – so, God being born as a human, and God dying for us. They also have no interest in the Jesus in heaven. This is then elaborated with “you thought/That I was all together like you” – the idea of God as being human is fundamentally rejected here, and the people who think that are going to be eternally tormented for their audacity. The God they worship is “doing a new thing” from the established Christian canon. It is not a lamb but a lion, a mighty beast and a king.

      And what is this thing?

      It is a thing that we should fear, because we must “be ready” for its coming, when it will slaughter those who did not listen to the warning.

      “So take the scroll and open the seals”

      The seals are the things holding back the various horrors detailed in Revelations. They’re not just asking for their god, who is not the baby Jesus or the one who died on the cross, to come and bring about the apocalypse, but specifically for it to unleash waves of disaster upon people that will each slaughter a huge chunk of the earth’s population.

      They’re worshiping something that rejects the idea of kinship with humanity and is disgusted by the idea we would dare think that, that identifies itself as the murderer and not the murdered and dismisses the idea of being weak and kind (the baby, the broken man). It was in Heaven, and now it’s coming to turn the world to hell.

      So people, get ready. It’s alive, and it’s coming for you.

  3. guestest ever says:
    So are these people in video actually devout Christians? Because there’s some massive mental disconnect needed to take this as something that makes its subject look good.
    1. Eilonwy_has_an_aardvark says:
      They are. It’s a point of eschatology where there are major differences of opinion among Christian denominations. Catholic theologians would support Farla’s position that this sure sounds like the reign of the anti-Christ. Some of the evangelicals, though, would say this is what’s meant by the “second coming.”

      Since Christian contemporary music is dominated by evangelicals, you get some eye-blinkers like this. Then there’s Christian Death Metal… #IdontmakeitupIjustreportit

        1. Eilonwy_has_an_aardvark says:
          Hey, that’s such an old standard in evangelical circles that it’s mentioned in 19th century novels! No tent revival was complete without it.
          1. Farla says:
            That’s because every evangelical revival is terrifying. It’s like “hey what if we wrote the bible in a language people could actually understand” was such a reasonable and levelheaded idea that the religion had to take a massive debt of crazy they’re still working off.
      1. SpoonyViking says:
        What’s even stranger is the existence of Christian Black Metal, even though Black Metal (especially in Scandinavia) has been historically associated with satanic and pagan lyrical imagery. I mean, technically Black Metal is a musical style and so it can use any sort of lyrics, but the effect is a bit jarring.
    2. Farla says:
      They’re the sort of devout Christians who buy Left Behind books where the heroes torture nonbelievers because it’s fun and call the cops on a statue of Jesus they thought was a real homeless person.
  4. Matt Smith says:
    There was a song I heard once, this made me think of it. It was about how, after the devil got kicked out, the demons or fallen angels ripped him apart and replaced him for failing to overthrow god. He gets them, after crawling back a few millennia later to forgive him a little, by teaching them how to use the bible and its absurdities to make people wrong and hurt each other.

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