Preach Us a Sermon

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Preach us a sermon, Preacher,
But don’t preach very long;
Just tell the story of Christ’s love,
But don’t condemn the wrong.
Say not a thing of doctrines false,
Lest others be offended.
Then they’d turn away from us,
And call us narrow-minded.

Preach us a sermon, Preacher,
But don’t preach very plain;
Let others guess at what you mean;
Don’t ever call a name;
We’ll sing your praises loud and long,
And keep you many a day,
But make it clear, and you will hear,
“Brother, be on your way.”

Preach us a sermon, Preacher,
But say nothing of our sins;
Let us keep on like we have done;
And perhaps we’ll make amends.
Please let us dance, and gamble, too,
And go to every show.
Make secure and very pure;
We’re human, don’t you know?

Preach us a sermon, Preacher,
But say nothing of our duty.
Tell us all about God’s grace,
And picture heaven’s beauty.
Leave out the things that we must do,
We’re busy making money;
We haven’t time, can’t spare the tenth,
Won’t be there Sunday, nor give a dime.

Preach us a sermon, Preacher,
When I have time to die.
Tell all the folks about
My home beyond the sky.
Preach us a sermon, Preacher,
Preach me into heaven;
That’s my only way to get to stay
Where Christ’s reward is given.1

  1. Tan, P. L. (1996). Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations: Signs of the Times. Garland, TX: Bible Communications, Inc.
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