Unsettled Christianity

Gloria Dei homo vivens – St Irenaeus
August 26th, 2014 by Joel Watts

the bible and country music, “Revelation” and Merle Haggard’s “Big City”

Do you know how difficult it is to find a country song about the acid trip that is Revelation?

I kid… slightly.

Because of the difficulty, I may post more than one.

Joel Watts
Watts holds a MA in Theological Studies from United Theological Seminary. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians, as well as seeking an MA in Clinical Mental Health at Adams State University. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).


4 Responses to “the bible and country music, “Revelation” and Merle Haggard’s “Big City””
  1. If you were a Native American, I could see this song as having strong parallels with Revelation. Striking out at Rome with bitter words, lamenting Jewish people and culture being destroyed. Better than Merle Haggard complaining about social security and big cities (whining). I think this should be played at halftime at the next Washington Redskins game.

  2. For the purist:
    Rev 18:2-3 And he cried with a mighty voice, saying, Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great, and is become a habitation of demons, and a hold of every unclean spirit, and a hold of every unclean and hateful bird. 3 For by the wine of the wrath of her fornication all the nations are fallen; and the kings of the earth committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth waxed rich by the power of her wantonness.
    Rev 19:17-18 And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the birds that fly in mid heaven, Come and be gathered together unto the great supper of God; 18 that ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses and of them that sit thereon, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, and small and great.

  3. Know More Than I Should says

    Between his prior marijuana and cocaine use, Haggard probably knows more about altered reality than most folks.

  4. Of course, if John were a long-haired preacher, this might apply,

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