The Revolution will not be Televised (reworked)

12 Aug

With a large nod to Gil Scott Heron’s fabulous track which you can watch hear, I was inspired to do a re-write which you can see below.

You will not be able to stay home brother
You will not be able to hide behind a private faith
You will not be able to just sit in a pew and nod a smile
Because the revolution will not be televised.

The revolution will not be televised,
The revolution will not be brought about by feel good,
brain disengaged, i’ve got all the answers types of a faith.
The revolution will not be brought about about by the christian celebrity,
journeys to Lourdes or the fire and brimstone preacher.
The revolution will not be televised,
The revolution will not be about us hiding inside our walls,
keeping the so called clean in and the dirty out.

The revolution will be about people caring for the neighbour
who just lost his wife and the cutting the grass of the chronic arthritis sufferer.
The revolution will not be about gold dust, gold teeth or gold coins.
The revolution will not make you rich.
The revolution will force you to pick up your cross daily.
The revolution will not be televised.

The revolution will be about a faith that has depth, that is not smart or arrogant.
It will be about generation gathering to re-read stories of hope
and then to create their own.

The revolution will not be about consuming, it will be about participating,
It will be about change, wholeness to the broken down and the beaten up.
It will be for those who look broken and for those who hide it well.

The revolution will not be about a pie in the sky when you die faith,
It will be about a life that matters here and now
A life that one day will experience the life shattering crescendo of all creation crying out
“It is Good”

The revolution will not come about by not come about by voting on the red button,
The revolution will not come about by christian rock or rap
The revolution will not come about by the tattoo of the cross on your back
The revolution will not be televised,
The revolution will be live!

The revolution is happening in the towns, cities and villages,
The revolution is happening in the slums, council estates and leafy suburbs,
The revolution is seeing people discovering Jesus in church halls, greasy spoons and street corners

The revolution is happening as God’s church is open and active and living
The revolution is seeing the last moving up to queue, seeing the teenage mum made to feel special, the bored NEET finding a job and the stuck in a rut business man finding meaning.

The revolution will not be televised,
The revolution will be live!

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