Thursday, September 17, 2009

Cristo al servicio de quien?

I stumbled upon this video from the August 23rd "Voces Contra el Golpe" concert in Tegucigalpa against the coup in Honduras. The lyrics are particularly poignant in that context, given the Honduran hierarchy's position on the coup (except for the Diocese of Copan). The title asks "Christ in whose service?" and the song is by Alí Primera of Los Guaraguao.



Cristo al Servicio de quien?

Cristo al servicio de quien?
Preguntaba Jaime Obrero
Preguntaba Jaime Obrero
Al servicio de unos pocos
que se lo llevaron preso
disfrazandolo que lujos
sabiendo que El es del pueblo
Lo tiene encarcelado
en palacios de concreto con
pisos de puro mármol de
pura madera el techo
templos que no se parecen
a las casas de mi pueblo

Casas de la calle Cartón
techos rotos tierra el suelo
Cristo al servicio de Quien?
Preguntaba Jaime Obrero
Preguntaba Jaime Obrero
A Cristo hay que liberarlo
El siempre quiso ser pueblo
y hoy lo explotan
los de arriba Ricos, Iglesia y Gobierno

Los señores de una iglesia
que esta muy lejos del pueblo
que no sabe de miserias
que no vive su evangelio y
que no habla nuestro idioma
cuando nos dice silencio
son cosas de Dios permite
son cosas que manda el cielo

Cristo al servicio de Quien?
Preguntaba Jaime Obrero
Preguntaba Jaime Obrero
A Cristo hay que liberarlo
me decía Jaime Obrero
porque ellos se lo han robado
y Cristo, Cristo es del pueblo
Iglesia que no denuncia la injusticia
y la opresión es una iglesia vendida

queremos resurrección
queremos renovación
queremos revolución

Christ at whose service?
Asked Joe the Worker (x2)
At the service of the few
Who have taken Him prisoner
Dressing Him in luxury
knowing that He is of the people
They have imprisoned him
in concrete palaces with
pure marble floors
and pure wooden roofs
temples that don't look like
the houses of my people.

The houses on Cardboard street
broken roofs and earthen floors
Christ at whose service?
Asked Joe the Worker (x2)
We have to free Christ
He always wanted to be with the people
and now the higher-ups are exploiting him
the Rich, the Church, the Government

The lords of a Church
that is very far from the people
that knows nothing about poverty
that doesn't live its own gospel
that doesn't speak our language
when they tell us to be silent
it's something God allows
something that Heaven commands

Christ at whose service?
Asked Joe the Worker (x2)
We have to free Christ
Joe the Worker said to me
Because they have stolen Him
and Christ, He is of the people
A Church that does not denounce injustice
and oppression is a Church that has sold out.

We want resurrection
We want renewal
We want revolution

2 comments:

  1. I want honesty, truth and peace. J.

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  2. Thanks for providing the lyrics. I heard this on Tuesday as the Resistance group marched at the end of the Independence Day parade here in Santa Rosa de Copán. Padre Fausto Milla was driving a car and motivating the folks with a loud speaker during the march.

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