I’ve had this song stuck in my mind for a week or so now. Don’t you hate that? To make matters worse, I keep picturing a 19th century cast of early Church leaders singing this song on a vaudeville stage. You know, the kind with oil lantern stage lights on the floor shaped like clam shells. It would also need a warped plank or two on the stage. It would be full of smoke, the audience would be drinking pints of ale while whooping and yelling — a boisterous crowd representing the world.
Just take a moment to listen to a little bit of the song. You don’t have to listen to it all, just enough to get the flavor of the idea.
Sometimes it seems like Mormonism developed like this. Sure, we had Christianity for almost two thousand years. Mormonism was going to do everything better!
Protestant World: “No you can’t”
JS: “Yes, I can.”
PW: “No you can’t”
JS: “Yes I can. Yes I can. Yes I can.”
They had heaven and hell. We took that and added three kingdoms of glory. The windows of heaven were closed. We had prophecy and miracles. They had churches. We built temples. They offered a harp and a choir gown in paradise. We offered thrones and godhood.
Valoel Sings: “We can do anything better you.”
The Evangelical imperative is to send people on a quest for salvation. We have to accept Jesus Christ as our savior or face DOOOOOOOOOM. Awesome idea! OK, then what?
Valoel Sings: “No you can’t”
It seems the biggest criticism I know of, since Mormons accept Jesus Christ as their savior, is that somehow we are worshiping the wrong Jesus! GASP! We picked the wrong name from the phone book? DOH! [Homer Simpson voice] Luckily a lot of members have #10 cans in their basement with marshmallows to roast. Wouldn’t want to put that lake of fire to waste.
I’m not sure where this post is going. You’re suffering my mental ramblings. I’m pretty sure I can irritate both my evangelical friends and my literalistic Mormon family members all with this one post.
Come on! It’s fun. Everyone sing! When you are at Church today and see the paintings of Joseph Smith, standing there with that glow, and that twinkle in his eye, just let this song run through your head. Picture him standing on that stage singing this song with his buddies Oliver, Sidney, Brigham and the whole gang. It’s fun. Have a laugh. Everyone have a good hearty laugh at themselves today. The world of religion is such a quirky, somber place so often. Everyone is trying so hard to be right. The stakes are high. Smile today and hum this song at Church.