What God Likes

Written December 2009

Tab D/bm, capo 3-5

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somewhere in Turkey a father is shooting his son,
it’s an honor killing, to settle a shame that is none,
his grown boy was gay, now the neighbors won’t say what they saw,
it’s a shame, it’s a pity, but they know how God feels after all,
+++ so you can say that you have the right
+++ to believe you know what God likes,
+++ what if that belief breeds violence daily?..

somewhere in Kansas a teenager’s cutting her wrists,
she has no answers, she can’t go on living like this,
her church and her family have taught her to hate who she is,
now she’s bleeding like Jesus, & praying His mercy exists..
+++ so you can say that you have the right
+++ to believe you know what God likes,
+++ & you may even claim compassion
+++ for those outside of His pattern,
+++ what if that belief is ending lives early?..

among all God’s creatures there are all kinds of lovers at play,
you might call it “fallen,” but what if God likes it that way?
‘cause if God is love, She’s the author of love’s awesome reach,
and that love rings out louder than all of the dogma we preach..
+++ so you can say that you have the right
+++ to believe you know what God likes,
+++ that God gets upset when Wanda and Emily
+++ share the same bed, and raise a family,
+++ but in schoolyards and dark alleyways,
+++ when they’re beating up someone who’s gay,
+++ what if the same belief you claim is making that easy?..

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