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Tuesday
May122015

Pass the Soap and Run the Water

" I well remember how an aunt of mine, brought up in an old-fashioned liberalism, protested angrily against having continuously to call herself a miserable sinner when reciting the Litany. Today, if we could really be persuaded that we are miserable sinners, that the trouble is not outside us but inside us, and that therefore, by the grace of God, we can do something to put it right, we should receive that message as the most helpful and heartening thing that can be imagined.”
—Dorothy Sayers


“What shall we conclude then? Do we have any advantage? Not at all! For we have already made the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under the power of sin. As it is written:


“There is no one righteous, not even one;
there is no one who understands;
there is no one who seeks God.
All have turned away,
they have together become worthless;
there is no one who does good,
not even one.”
“Their throats are open graves;
their tongues practice deceit.”
“The poison of vipers is on their lips.”
“Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.”
“Their feet are swift to shed blood;
ruin and misery mark their ways,
and the way of peace they do not know.”
“There is no fear of God before their eyes.” (Romans 3:9-18)


It has been famously and widely reported that when asked, “What’s wrong with the world?”, G.K. Chesterton responded with just one word…..”Me.”

(He was , of course, "on to something".)


Pass the Soap and Run the Water
(There’s a Buck We Need To Pass)


Look, WE’re not the guilty party!
THEY’re the ones who got us here!
Yes, OUR hands are clean and spotless…
Sir, WE’re not to blame…. It’s clear!

It’s not OUR fault, …No!…It’s THEIR fault.
It’s those dimwit country hicks!
It’s the oak-tree-hugging moonbats!
It’s the Ivy League-ish-cliques!

It’s the Red-State knuckle-draggers!
It’s the Blue-State dons on high!
It’s the unions!....It’s the bosses!
Welfare queens!... (Who bleed us dry )

It’s the profit money grubbers!
It’s The State without a soul!
It’s the gun-racked, four- wheel drivers!
No!..“The Tolerance Patrol!”

It’s the gays!...The homophobics!
It’s the honkies! …It’s the blacks!
It’s The Unfair Racist System!
It’s the Bible-thumping quacks!

It’s the Jews!....The femi-Nazis!
It’s the thugs in Baltimore!
It’s the lunatics of ISIS!
It’s the cops!...No, Bush!....No, Gore!

It’s progressive, pink-o commies!
No!... The right-wing trogladytes!
Clueless snobs in Iv’ry Towers
Are the ones who caused this blight!

It’s the smugly condescending,
Who swear only by what’s new…
It’s the Uber-Rich who did it!
Clueless flunkies in the pew!

It’s the Pope! ….(or Jerry Falwell).
“Save the Earth!”-ites in a snit!
Glitz ‘n’ Glamor Loonie-Toonies….
Yes! ….Those pompous hypocrites!

It’s those “Gimmee, gimmee, gimmees”
In that Psycho-Babble Class…
It’s the righties!...It’s the lefties!
It’s the navel -gazing caste!

It’s a game: “Self-Absolution”,
We’re all playing it in style!
Mankind’s common “Pilate Error”1
Flying high for quite a while!

It’s called “Point- the- Finger- Elsewhere”,
It’s called “Hey! Don’t Look at ME!”
It’s called “Look, Man, I’m Not Guilty!”
(Bottom line?.... Dishonesty.)

It’s a game called “Dark Deception”…
(Mankind’s nature never fails),
Like Gravediggers in The Garden…
Like the Blind without the braille.

Pass the soap and pass the water,
There’s a buck we need to pass.
Turn the lights out…smash the mirror.
We’ll be off the hook…at last!



It’s the ancient bait of Satan,
It’s the curse we’ve all denied…
It’s the snare we’ve fallen into,
Precious Idol…Human Pride.

It’s the issue we’re avoiding,
It’s the deadly mess within,
It’s the dirt we just can’t handle…
And the Truth?....He calls it “Sin”.


“But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”
—Romans 3: 21-24


“The capacity for ultimate knowledge that we are given by creation is a fearful thing when it is unhitched from the knowledge of sin.”
—David Wells



1 Matthew 27: 24