An Awesome Adaptation (But Not Authorized)

As we cautiously adapt popular Christian music for our hymnody in churches, may I offer this as an option to some of our most cautious brethren …?

Our god is a “gotcha” god
he feigns his heavenly love
then smites you from up above
our god is a “gotcha” god

When he rolls up his sleeves
he’s preparin’ you a blitz
(our god is a “gotcha” god)
roll you under with his footsteps
zap with lightning from His fist
(our god is a “gotcha” god)
Well, he really isn’t joking
’bout his mind you should be readin’
if you do something unauthorized
you’ll be dead; you’re best believin’
that our god is a “gotcha” god

Our god is a “gotcha” god
he feigns his heavenly love
then smites you from up above
our god is a “gotcha” god

And if you worship some way that you think is right
(our god is a “gotcha” god)
he’ll blast you into darkness in his holy spite
(our god is a “gotcha” god)
judgment and wrath he’ll pour out on ya
mercy and grace aren’t options for such loss
don’t you know that all your innovation’s misbegotten and
our god is a “gotcha” god

Our god is a “gotcha” god
he feigns his heavenly love
then smites you from up above
our god is a “gotcha” god

our god is a “gotcha” god

our god is a “gotcha” god

(with sincerest apologies to Michael W. Smith the late Rich Mullins)

I just can’t bring myself to capitalize the “g,” though … I’m not sure the deity pictured in these verses is well-rounded enough in justice and mercy, righteousness and love to be the genuine article.

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7 thoughts on “An Awesome Adaptation (But Not Authorized)

  1. Wonderful post brother.I love reading your blog.You make things simple and make us think about our life, faith, and relationship with God. Thank you Keith. I pray that God’s richest blessings fall on you today and forever. I have a prayer request for a family who is hurting. I was if you and your readers could stop by and leave a prayer or encouraging comment for them. Please…You can make a differnece in an entire family. God bless you brother in all you do.In Him,Kinney MabryAka,Preacherman! 🙂

  2. The apologies need to go to the late Rich Mullins.MWS covered this song, but it is Rich Mullins’ song.Great rewrite, though. I see a summer camp skit in the making…

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