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Anthony Russell

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Hymn for the Ardoine Road

by

Anthony Russell

Catholic, protestant, aren't we all the same?
No wonder so many turn away
And call Christians hypocrites and liars
But all we do is kill others, start fires
Plant bombs and destroy homes
The unholy holy civil war that rages does nothing
The young get along why can't the old
You fight about the events of 1690
The Battle of the Boyne is long gone
Catholivs and Protestants fight over the past
And the fututre is ruined by a pipe bomb blast
These are people who supposedly share my beliefs
People who's ancestors knew my ancestors
Yet these people who share my beliefs throw bricks at children
And those who don't share my views have done the same
Back and forth, back and forth, tit for tat, tit for tat
Grown men fight a war like 5 year olds over toys
I just don't understand it, that's all
We differ on a few ideas but the basis of our faith is the same
We're so alike that it's scary
We sing the same hymns, we have the same Lord, we read the same Gospel.
Yet the scenes I have seen these last few days make me sick to my stomach
So I remind you of this,

" 'Teacher, which command in the law is the most important?' Jesus answered 'Love the Lord your god with all your heart, all your soul and all your mind. This is the 1st and most important command. And the 2nd command is like the 1st: love your neighbour as you love yourself.' "

Same God, same saviour, different views
The madness must end, the seeds must be sowed
And remember my hymn for the Ardoine Road