I. Sacred Cows Inedible
Sacred cows and where’s the beef?
Why can’t the prisoners get relief?
They come to church in search of hope
To free them from the scathing rope
Of demons, plagues and worldly cares,
But dare not place their derrieres
On worn clichés and rituals
Which fail to cure them of their ills.
The sacred cow of church tradition
Keeps them bound in superstition.
Therefore, they plead, “Where is the beef?”
For they can’t eat the unbelief
Exuding from the golden calf
That tells them when to cry or laugh.
“Stand up, sit down, say this, say that.”
How did that idol get so fat?
II. Aaron’s Calf Incredible
It didn’t used to be that way
When high priest Aaron did obey.
But, oh the backlash he endured
From those who claimed they’d not been cured
Of chronic tiredness. Such a wait!
Why was that Moses guy so late?
He climbed the mount but stayed up there,
Abandoning them to despair.
“God isn’t answering our prayer!”
They yelled. “We’re sure He does not care!”
“But if you blame our unbelief,
Then we’ll make sure you come to grief!”
So, he caved in to their demands,
And made an idol with his hands
From gold they paid him, melted down,
An emblem of man’s own renown.
That idol offers liberty
And promises security,
A world of glitter, fleshly fun:
“We’re seeker-friendly, everyone!”
“Accepting all, and never rude.
“If you loathe manna, we’ve got food.
Just do the motions and you’ll see
How tasty all those leaks can be.”
“I misspelled ‘leeks,’ because, you see,
Those sacred cows most certainly
See ‘leaking faith’ as no big deal
Because their goal is ‘curb appeal.’”
III. Sacred Cows: Killing Sheep to Feed a Bull
“Besides, the time you sacrifice
To come there Sunday should suffice
For pleasing God. No need to walk
With Jesus here. Just talk the talk.”
“Who cares if you were not made whole?
It’s really not about your soul.
If sickness is God’s will for you,
Then jump for joy because you’re blue.”
Such nonsense is incredible.
The cows, they are inedible,
And in the end they’re still not full,
As sheep are killed to feed a bull.
But “Where’s the beef?” the people say.
“And why did Moses go away?
For, now we’ve lost the joy we’ve had,
The miracles that made us glad.”
And “Where’s the beef?” they ask today
In a world impatient with delay,
But if leaders would keep their godly vows
And slaughter all those sacred cows
Of doctrines and rules designed to appease
The wolves that gripe and the dogs that wheeze,
Then once again, I think we’d see
A revival of truth and of purity.