ANOTHER LYRIC FOR WOODY GUTHRIE'S 100TH BIRTHDAY (RESURRECTION JESUS) from Christ For President by Billy Bragg
“Let's have Christ for President.
Let us have him for our King.
Cast your vote for the carpenter
That you call the Nazarene.
The only way we can ever beat
These crooked politician men
Is to run the money changers out of the temple
And put the carpenter in
O it's Jesus Christ for President
God above our King
With a job and a pension for young and old
We will make hallelujah ring”
- from Christ For President by Billy Bragg (Woody Guthrie)
Yet again Woody Guthrie borrows a theological truth
about Jesus to support his desire for a new Republic or Kingdom; Christ for President or King. This is the foundational thought of all that the Apostle Paul writes about in his New Testament epistles. This crucial Christian belief is that in his resurrection Jesus became Lord over all, renewing the original idea of humanity’s regency over the earth in the early chapters of Genesis. Where Adam and Eve failed, Jesus succeeds and his Lordship allows his Body on earth, the Church to live the original plan of God. That plan was to subvert personal selfishness in order to selfishly serve and create shalom across the
cosmos. Where the lesson of the Eden teaching is that we are now at enmity with God, fellow humans, animals and the earth, Jesus is his life, death and resurrection gives us the potential to bring that shalom now. Where Jesus is Lord all relationships – friendship, marriage, social, political, economic – are put right and justice reigns in a new Kingdom of shalom. Without ever having read theologians Guthrie is right on the nail here. When Jesus is President the world is transformed into how it should have, can and ultimately will be; Hallelujah will ring!