Bad Religion quote #29

Faith alone won’t sustain us anymore

In these modern times, we cannot rely on Faith to sustain us. Perhaps hundreds of years ago that was more likely the case, and perhaps elsewhere on the present day planet. Nowadays there is so many distractions, religion definitely does not play the role it does as it has in years past. Of course it still exists, however a small aspect of society, yet still a major influence on decisions that should be made without religious interference.

Quote twenty-nine from “Faith Alone” appearing on the great Bad Religion album Against the Grain.

My original plan for quote #29 was to quote “American Jesus” (from Recipe for Hate), however I already did on quote #9, I am sure I could have found another quote from “American Jesus” but I decided to go with “Faith Alone”, as that lyric was in my head recently.

I’ll add the full lyrics to “Faith Alone”, and below is a vintage version of it live (from the Big Bang video from 1991). And as a bonus, after the break, the video for American Jesus and complete lyrics for it as well!

Heard a sermon from a creaky pulpit with no one in the nave
I paid a visit to the synagogue and I left there feeling blame
No one can tell me what to do
They have not the capacity to answer me

What the world needs now is some answers to our problems
We can’t buy more time ’cause our tender isn’t valid
If your soul needs love you can get consoled by pity
But it looks as though faith alone won’t sustain us no more

Watched the scientists throw up their hands conceding progress will resolve it all
Saw the manufactures of earth’s debris ignore another Greenpeace call
No one could tell me what to do
No one had the ability to answer me

What the world needs now is some accountability
We can’t buy more time ’cause time won’t accept our money
If your soul needs love you can always have my pity
But it looks as though faith alone won’t sustain us no more

What the world needs now is some answers to our problems
We can’t buy more time ’cause our tender isn’t valid
What the world needs now is some accountability
If your soul needs love you can get consoled by pity

But faith alone won’t sustain us anymore
Faith alone won’t sustain us anymore

Bonus video for “American Jesus” and lyrics:

I don’t need to be a global citizen
‘Cause I’m blessed by nationality
I’m a member of a growing populace
We enforce our popularity

There are things that seem to pull us under and
There are things that drag us down
But there’s a power and a vital presence
It’s lurking all around

We’ve got the American Jesus
See him on the interstate
We’ve got the American Jesus
He helped build the president’s estate

I feel sorry for the earth’s population
‘Cause so few live in the USA
At least the foreigners can copy our morality
They can visit but they cannot stay

Only precious few can garner our prosperity
It makes us walk with renewed confidence
We got a place to go when we die
And the architect resides right here

We’ve got the American Jesus
Bolstering national faith
We’ve got the American Jesus
Overwhelming millions every day

He’s the farmer’s barren fields, the force the army wields
Expressions on the faces of the starving millions
The power of the man, the fuel that drives the klan
He’s the motive and the conscience of the murderer

He’s the preacher on TV, the false sincerity
The form letter that’s written by the big computers
The nuclear bombs, the kids with no moms
And I’m fearful that he’s inside me

(In god we trust
Because he’s one of us
Break down, cave in
He can redeem your sin

Strong heart, clear mind
And infinitely kind
You lose, we win
He is our champion)

We’ve got the American Jesus
See him on the interstate
We’ve got the American Jesus
Exercising his authority

We’ve got the American Jesus
Bolstering national faith
We’ve got the American Jesus
Overwhelming millions every day

One nation, under God
One nation, under God
One nation, under God
One nation, under God

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