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Which Side Are You On? A Ex-Fundamentalist Version of the Old Union Song

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Which side are you on? Which side are you on?
Which side are you on? Which side are you on?

They say in fundyland that no matter what you do,
You’ll either be a reprobate or a thug for BJU.

Which side are you on? Which side are you on?
Which side are you on? Which side are you on?

Don’t scab for the owners, don’t you listen to their lies.
Us lay folks haven’t got a chance unless we organize.

Which side are you on? Which side are you on?
Which side are you on? Which side are you on?

You don’t want your daughter being mauled up in the choir,
You don’t want to give your tithes to a greedy, soul-less liar.

Which side are you on? Which side are you on?
Which side are you on? Which side are you on?

My mama was a Christian, and I’m a Christian too!
And Jesus fights along with us ’til justice gets its due.

Which side are you on? Which side are you on?
Which side are you on? Which side are you on?

Oh Christian, can you stand it? Tell me how you can!
Will you be a lousy snake, or will you be a man?

Which side are you on? Which side are you on?
Which side are you on? Which side are you on?

Come all of you, good Christians. The Good News I will tell
Of why the Holy Spirit has come in us to dwell.

Which side are you on? Which side are you on?
Which side are you on? Which side are you on?

6 thoughts on “Which Side Are You On? A Ex-Fundamentalist Version of the Old Union Song

  1. “It’s this ‘either / or” unreasonable- -ness, of you’re either ‘for’ us or ‘against’ us; ‘you’re damned if you ‘do’/ or you’re damned if you ‘don’t’ kind of dichotamy, that I think leaves people so bewildered, sort of drives them ‘nuts in their minds which have already been confused by the strange sub -culture, that people who remain on the inside, really do not know where it is safe to stand, as in taking a position! No one wants to be labeled as an evil-doer.’ So the only position to stand in or on, is that of the religious pope of BJU, and his stranger than fiction version of the ‘truth’?? that he shoves on ‘you’! Speak up on the inside and ‘you’re a rebellious lone ranger NOT submitted and OUT of the will of God!!!… trouble maker.’ Speak up on the ‘outside’, and you’re an evil- doer traitor. The bewildering contradiction to being labelled as a ‘traitor’ when you’re on the ‘outside’, is that, when you were on the ‘inside’ you had already been labelled a traitor,simply because they didn’t like you anymore, and needed to look for some imaginary sins to shame you with, to label as ‘spiritual’ and needing to be ‘disciplined’ , then ‘punished’,then ‘banished’ from the high and mighty kingdom of fundamentalism’s stranger than fiction, poor excuses for training institutions! The shame / blame / mind / game… and in typical school yard bully childish children quarrelling fashion of typical infantile emotions’of emotionally insecure and spiritually immature BJU Bully bosses behaviour, you were called a trouble maker simply for the terrible sin of opening the mouth God gave you, and using the tongue God gave you to speak with! Or, as in your case, using your God given gift of writing! And automatically you’re labelled as having committed the sin of either ‘having wrong theology’, or gossip, simply because you ‘expressed an opinion!’ When people have grown up in a ‘no talk rule’ culture,such as IFB BJU subculture really IS, which is by the way, anti-social to begin with, such people who remain In the system, dare’nt speak up for fear of being ‘labelled’ as evil doers. And such people who have ‘left fundamentalism’ and BJU type poor excuses for human organizations preying on good people, and parading their ‘ugly religious tummy ticks, and even uglier face – lifts’ ( the masks are slipping’ and ‘the ship is sinking’ every man for himself, jump quickly everyone into the ocean of humanity and life as God created it to be, and escape from all the mental, emotional and spiritual oblivion… of IFB BJU madness….eeeehhhhhh eeeeehhhhhhhh! I think it’s more than ‘which side are you on’, that it’s ‘which ship’ are you on. The ship of fools, and religious rules, or the ship called real christianity, the Lord of which is the REAL Jesus! You know the song and the words brought to mind, something that christian college faculty members need. And that is A UNION! Why not! Can you imagine the fear and trepidation, that Bob the 3 rd. and his puppet son Stephen would experience, if they believed that their FAMILY FIRM might be under serious threat of being over run by a Teacher’s Union! It might even cause a stampede! Yes! Just imagining this is a thrill. But why not! Can you imagine, how a teacher’s union for both elementary christian schools, secondary christian schools, and christian colleges and universities, could be brought into a place where those who work for them, would have the protection of unions, and the presence of such unions, would cause these institutions to be accountable to an organization, OUTSIDE of themselves, so that they would no longer be able to run their ‘we answer to no one but ourselves’ cultures of control and manipulation which have been doing the kind of damage to people’s lives, that all of these web logs and web pages on the internet, have been talking about…. Maybe such institutions need to be threatened with losing their tax exempt status ( I know BJU already has lost their’s ) to motivate them to ‘comply with the laws of the land’ ( these independent institutions are in spirit and in practice, LAWLESS & REBELLIOUS as it is, because it is a form and a sign of rebellion, to abuse, disrespect, dishonor, and wield power over people ) and treat their employees with fairness, and in a just and humane manner! I have so enjoyed writing this. Thanks Camille for posting this song and the words. In closing, I want to say that however I ‘let him have it’, the CEO of Hidalgo, I will not misrepresent the good spirit of your web page,your fine character, nor act in a manner that would only give the man ammunition to say “I told you so’, ‘that’s what all of Camille’s friends are like!” The man can’t seem to handle being disagreed with, has issues with strong women, and there’s nothing wrong with being strong, Esther was strong, and God ‘used her’ to save an entire race of Jewish people being threatened with certain destruction and cultural extinction! The man can’t seem to hear the word NO, such as NO, ‘I do not agree with you’, and takes things so personally,gets stuck emotionally in such a negative way, that he loses all sense of logic, reasonableness, and objectivity. He may have unresolved painful issues from the past with BJU, and he can’t seem to get past what I call’ a spirit of offense’. It’s like, something gets into his ‘craw’, makes him feel so angry and resentful, he will not own and acknowledge that these are ‘his own feelings and emotions’ for which ‘he alone is responsible’, he needs to blame somebody for how he feels, and the only way he knows how to seek or find temporary relief from his emotional frustrations, is to do impulsively without thinking, practice the emotionally immature behavior of childish knee jerk reaction, while at the same time, arrogantly /mentally stepping into an arrogant, mean spirited and thoughtless, polemical / ad hominem position, in and from which “he has to be right” because ” he knows he is right” and then ‘start projecting’ a lot of his ‘own’ negative uncleansed and unhealed baggage onto good people like yourself and even Jocelyn. There’s so much fundamentalist type reaction behavior happening in his behavior, that, it causes me to think, the man who got ‘out’ of fundamentalism, has not yet, ‘gotten’ fundamentalism out of ‘him’. His mean spirited criticism and judgements of you, your web page, and ‘any of your posts, are all based on the man’s faulty thinking, and blind sighted ignorance. He’s got his head in the sand ‘like an Ostriche’ and his spiritual nose ‘in the air’ like an ‘angry, puffed up with pride Peacock’! Every one of us has a perfect right to disagree, and have completely different opinions. But we do not have the right to attack others who don’t agree with us. He needs to learn how to, ‘ agree to disagree and do that in an agreeable manner’. It’s called RESPECT. The so neglected christian virtue which so epidemically, seems to have disappeared off the spiritual landscape, because of so much of what I call, ‘the spiritual narcissism of carnally convenient christianity,’ a false version of the gospel, that many have sadly fallen for. “Lord bring us all back to the respect we need in our lives,for you and for each other, that we may truly reflect your beautiful character and loving, respectful nature through our lives, as you grace us with the grace that we need, which we receive from you, as we humble ourselves to you, and acknowledge our true , real need of this.” And everyone says AMEN. Thanks for providing a safe place web page for people to share their hearts. You are a very generous person. God Bless You!

  2. Hi Camille,
    I just was clicking around the internet when I heard of the recent event related to Chuck Phelps this week and ended up on your blog. Can I ask why specifically you tagged Bethel Baptist Church and Brad Smith in this post? I grew up there and although I no longer attend that type of church I still have family that attends there. Also Brad Smith is no longer a pastor there or anywhere that I have heard of because he has been shown to be an evil man.
    Thanks.

    1. Hey, Ginnie.

      because he has been shown to be an evil man.

      How so? Has he been charged with something?

      C

      1. He had been stealing money from the church and from other faculty an members of the church for years. Finally someone found out about it and then lots of families came forward with strange stories about what he had been doing and the spiteful things he and his wife would say to people in the church. There are a lot of things that went on but I don’t know all the specifics as I had already left the church by the time because I would get a really creepy feeling whenever I sat through a sermon of his. I know that we would share people’s secrets with others to try and turn people against each other. He was forced out of out church and last I heard he is living out west. I don’t know if he was ever charged with something and I try not to talk to my family about it because would get really upset about it. Brad ruined a lot of reputations and hurt a lot of feelings. Maybe that’s why people like him are so strict towards others, so no one will look at their own lives.

        1. Wow. That’s the most information I had heard.

          If I remember correctly, his exit was happening when I published that post. And I thought it fit. I still think it does after what you just said.

          Nice to “meet” you.

          C

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