Violence, Babylon, and The Boss

Violence, Babylon, and The Boss

If I had me a gun, I’d find the bastards and shoot them on sight, I’m a jack of all trades, we’ll be alright… 

Bruce Springsteen, Jack of All Trades, Wrecking Ball (2013)

O daughter Babylon, you devastator! Happy shall they be who pay you back what you have done to us! Happy shall they be who take your little ones and dash them against the rock!  

Psalm 137:8-9

Ps 137 has much to contribute to both corporate and personal worship and piety. And from what we see in lyrics such as Springsteen’s, where the church has shied away from the raw ‘unattractive’ emotions of these psalms, secular art has maintained the tradition of use, and provides a stunning case for their power and importance.

[You can find a talk based on this post here: Psalm 137: Anger & Non-violence ]

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