I don’t know where this was originally published by George Verwer in classic satirical form…

Backward Christian soldiers,
Fleeing from the fight,
With the cross of Jesus,
Nearly out of sight.
Christ our rightful master
Stands against the foe
Onward into battle, we
seem afraid to go.

Backward Christian soldiers,
Fleeing from the fight,
With the cross of Jesus,
Nearly out of sight.

Like a mighty tortoise
Moves the church of God.
Brothers we are treading,
Where we’ve often trod.
We are much divided,
Many bodies we,
Having different doctrines, but
Not much charity.

Crowns and thrones may perish,
Kingdoms rise and wane,
But the cross of Jesus
Hidden does remain.
Gates of hell should never
‘gainst the Church prevail,
We have Christ’s own promise, but
we think it might fail.

Sit here then ye people,
Join our sleeping throng.
Blend with ours, your voices
in a feeble song.
Blessings, ease and comfort
Ask from Christ the King,
But with our modern thinking,
We won’t do a thing.

This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. This was cited by David Watson in (I think) I Believe in the Church. It looks like the classic sign of Christendom complacency…

  2. Thanks for this Mark. Great example of appropriate use of satire.

  3. There are several such helpfully pointed satirised hymns in Fabry’s 77 Habits of Highly Ineffective Christians. My personal favourite is ‘When upon life’s pillow’s you are lying down…’ with the chorus, ‘Count your problems’. I don’t recall if this one is from there.

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