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Dennis Tice 2002
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I went to church for most of my life
On the right side 14th pew
I'd listen to the preacher talk about God
(about Peter, Paul and Mary too)
The stained glass windows showed these Saints
In holy pious poses
I couldn't relate ... I mean
Did these folks get gas or blow their noses?

Did they struggle with the same things I do
Did they yell when they stubbed their toe
Did they sleep in late every once in a while
Or laugh when they heard a joke.

(But ... I kept on going, seeing how I was of the Christian religion and all. But I started looking
for some answers and one day I went to visit an old friend of mine from Breezewood, Pennsylvania.
You know, The "Town of Motels" ... Exit 12 on the Pennsylvania Turnpike ... anyway, I
heard he'd been "born again". So, I asked him why he'd become so religious all of a sudden. And he said to me:


Religion is man reaching up to God
But how could we reach that high?
I used to think that by bein good
The Lord'd let me pass on by
But the Bible says all of us are born to sin
Only Christ can set us free
It's not by works or by being good
It's gift you must receive

I said:
Jim, "Read yer Bible you holy roller
John Chapter 3:16
Says whosoever believeth in Him
Will have life everlasting"
I said, "I believe in Christ, I really do
And He said my path is set
I'm gonna go to Heaven when I die
(At least it's a pretty good bet)"

He said:
Well Satan believes in Jesus too
So what's the difference between him and you
Sure you might believe it
But you gotta open your heart and receive it

And right then and there ...
I gave up religion for Lent
When I opened up the package that He sent
My life was changed ... it was rearranged
When I gave up religion for Lent
It all became quite clear to me
That Jesus died to set me free
And fill me up with the love He sent
So I gave up religion for Lent

Fast Forward a couple years. One day I was watching a
Christian TV Show ... and this is what I saw ...


A preacher on the TV said my Christian walk was junk
If I wasn't baptized up over my head
With a three-step, backwards dunk
So many things crowd out the simple truth that Jesus spoke
Some folks try to put chains around my neck
That Christ freed from satan's yoke.

Sure, He took my sin so I could begin again.
He freed me to be his brother.
But sometimes folks give up sin's bondage
And replace it with another

That's why ...
I gave up religion for Lent
When I opened up the package that He sent
My life was changed ... it was rearranged
When I gave up religion for Lent
It all became quite clear to me
That Jesus died to set me free
And fill me up with the love He sent
So I gave up religion for Lent


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