But Patti Smith opted not to claim any of them, at least once upon a time. She did it in a really rockin’ version of Gloria, and just about every version of Gloria has kind of rocked, I especially like the remake Van Morrison did with Johnnie Lee Hooker, can’t not dance to that one. But Patti did it in that way she does, and it totally rocked. I can't not dance to hers, either.
Patti added that spoken line at the beginning. Jesus died for somebody’s sins, but not hers.
Man, she must be one righteous chick. I mean, I think she totally is, and in terms of Jesus dying for somebody’s sins, well, I have to get all metaphorical here, and I’ve got to kind of go there and get metaphorical, but I’m not going to call myself a Christian, and heck, I’ll even capitalize it, I’m way more a Pagan, pretty totally a Pagan in fact, too many Buddhists are too uppity for me, it’s almost kind of like being an Anarchist but not really, because too many Anarchists are too freaking out there violent and self centered for me, but I guess when it comes down to it, I suppose I could take credit for some of the sins that Jesus died for.
Assuming there was such a guy, and I’m pretty sure the archeological evidence suggests that there was.
At any rate, he was a guy, just like the Guido guy next door, although probably not Italian, I suspect he probably was really Jewish, and maybe a Rabbi, although I’m in no way a scholar on the matter and my investigation has been quite perfunctory, and years ago, but he was a guy who had something to say that was really important, and if a body just looks at what he said, assuming we can find much of it, that’s factually what he said, if we just look at that and interpret it for ourselves, not let somebody else do it for us, we can see it was really important, but almost everybody ignores it.
And the thing is, what he said was dangerous to the powers that were, so they crucified him. Jesus definitely died for somebody’s sins, and not his.
This is actually born of a meme I saw the other day, even commented on it, about Jesus not dying for your sins if he came back to life three days later, he took a long weekend for you, and several of us, me right on up there, got all snarky about it.
The more I thought about it, well, I started really thinking about where that metaphor might arise, because I flat out do not believe that the dude arose from the dead and ascended into a gilden kingdom called heaven to sit at the right hand of a big bearded dude, his dad, and ergo all of my sins ever and always are forgiven as long as I believe this fairy tale and am sorry, because that’s clearly total bullshit, a fairy tale, and I got snarkier still, until the metaphor came to me.
The dude was taken in by the man, and yeah, tortured, and then crucified, and it could be that maybe it took him three days to die. Heinous. South Parkian rendition of that Mel Gibson movie heinous that there’s no way I’d ever freaking watch, I know the sick and twisted version of Christianity all too well, but if indeed the dude took three days to die on the cross, and he took it, and the folks who watched it were all inspired to follow his teachings, although not very many of them did a great job of it, or at least there’s not a lot of evidence of that clear in the here and now, well, then his message lived on, even if it did get grossly distorted and then used by the man in ways heinous, well, yeah, I can work around to that.
So, in some round about metaphorical way, I can say that Jesus died for somebody’s sins, and I respect the shit out of that sacrifice, the dude tried, and some of those things I’ve done and even still do don't always live up to the rather high standard he set with his teachings, but when it comes down to it, that high standard is pretty hip, so some of those sins are mine, for sure.
The ticket is to forgive oneself, forgive the other, and endeavor to sin no more. The sins list needs a little work, maybe, and no, I’m still not a Christian. A body doesn’t need to have religion to know the difference between right and wrong. We know. And we know that we’re doing wrong, it’s instinctive.
See, I’m totally a Pagan. And I worship the sun.