© April 19, 2007, Roy Stucky
Ascended to the penthouse
With your trophy twice improved,
Your power tie's untwisted
And your money clip removed.
At such times you're almost human
Like when back at Zion High.
The entire town would fit
In these estates you like to buy.
When you had mostly nothing
You served Jesus with respect.
But once He proved a check
Christ was easy to forget.
You've sponsored vain conventions
To erase the guilt you feel.
You wish that God would back off
Since it's clear He can't be real.
At such times you're nearly human
Like when back at Zion High.
You say you're wiser now
But in your heart you know you lie.
The Lord of all creation,
Of whom you are ashamed,
Won't be at all distracted
By the people you have blamed.
You please the gathered clueless
But can't really answer why.
Is it worth the soul
You've lost since Zion High?
Matthew 4:8-9 Again, the devil took Him (Jesus) up into an exceeding
high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world, and the
glory of them.The devil said to Him, All these things will I give you,
if you will fall down and worship me.
Luke 4:5-7 The devil, taking Him (Jesus) up into an high mountain, showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. The devil said to Him, All this power will I give you, and the glory of them: for that is delivered to me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. If you therefore will worship me, all shall be yours.
"Penthouse" is top of the world, looking down.
Looking down from the top of the world turns your view away from the God of Creation Who is looking down. on you. What you think the heights are really the bottom of the stair to Heaven.
"Trophy twice improved" is having divorced his first wife for a trophy wife, who is herself 'improved' by enhancement surgery.
"Untwisted" is that you distort your nature into a sham superman. to impress your stooges and the press. But you cannot maintain the facade.
"Removed" is that beneath your clothes and cloaks, your money cannot help you.
"Almost human" is that in private you almost allow yourself to be a mere man again. Almost. Yet in the privacy of your heart, if nowhere else, you know your fallibility and mortality.
"Like when back at Zion High" school.
"Many of the Estates" you now own are larger than that entire town.
"Back in high school you owned Mostly nothing" and had no social position.
"Jesus with respect" is that when you had nothing to lose, you went to church and tried to live a decent life. Back when you knew you were merely human.
"Proved a check" is that when you gained power the Word of God held out a moral standard that did not allow you free exercise of that power according to your whim.
"Easy to forget" is that you had little trouble choosing to ditch God rather than modifying your behavior to conform to the Gospel.
"Vain conventions" about the power of human initiative.
"Guilt" is that in your private world you know you are not living a good life.
"Can't be real" is that you cannot understand how this 'nonexistent' God still troubles you with His inhuman standard of morality. Why will He not vanish from your heart and mind?
Proverbs 8:13 The fear of the LORD is to hate evil. Pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.
"Wiser now" - which you are not. You are less innocent, but hardly wiser. Because you no longer fear the Lord God, you lack even the beginning of wisdom. Proverbs 9:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.
"Ashamed" of having lived as a Christian in your youth. Yet God the Creator remains alive. See quote at bottom of this section.
"Distracted" is that the Lord of Creation is not buying your excuses for why you turned your back on Him.
"People you have blamed" for turning you away from God because you were of course 'too smart' to follow Jesus. God knows, and you know, that whatever the encouragement of others, you were the one who chose to reject Jesus. You and you alone made that choice. You try to shift the blame to someone else, like Adam did, but that trick will avail you nothing. Did you really think God would be impressed by your rejection of Christianity as, 'A bunch of phonies?'
"Please the gathered clueless" is the acclaim of people who do not understand what is really going on. Power and wealth impress too many people.
Luke 6:26 Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.
"Answer why" you desire the worship of such superficial people?
"Soul" Mark 8:36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? 8:37 Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? 8:38 Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.