That Broad and Weary Road to Hell

by Glenn Fairman7/8/16

That broad and weary road to Hell
Begins its course so brightly lit
Its travelled by the finest folk
The brightest stars the earth permits

Yet not until you reach the crest
Do shadows ever cross your route
That pleasant buzzing in your ear
Helps make your trepidations moot

Yet soon that happy road to Hell
Begins its innocent descent
But walking downhill’s still a joy
Its leisure meets with your consent

But if you think you hear a voice
A Father bidding you return
A cunning whisper reassures
It’s unworthy of your deep concern

And should the journey take so long
You’ll find the asphalt disappears
While rocks and dead things choke your song
And tears assail your waning years

One league before its iron gates
You can go home from whence you came
Repenting of how far you’ve erred
To the Savior who’ll take on your shame

That Dark Abode that Men call Hell
Once shut inside you’ll always stay
Remember that I told you plain
In hoping you would turn away

Glenn Fairman writes from Highland, Ca.
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9 Responses to That Broad and Weary Road to Hell

  1. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    They say that the gate should be narrow
    For broad is the road of our peril
    Glenn writes of Messiah
    Who saves all the lie-uhs
    In metre as straight as an arrow

  2. Timothy Lane says:

    There was a Twilight Zone episode, written by Earl Hamner, Jr. (“The Hunt”) in which a recently deceased farmer, walking with his dog (who was killed at the same time). They encounter a gate where someone invites him into Heaven — but the dog isn’t permitted. So he passes on, and eventually gets to the gate to the real Heaven, which is exactly his sort of place. The other was the gate to Hell — and the dog couldn’t be allowed in because it would react too quickly to the sulfurous smell, and thereby save the farmer as well.

  3. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    Glenn said elsewhere:

    While this is not true of your site, I find that I must negotiate on the razor’s edge between exhortation and a blend of philosophy and theology to get my point home. Still, the very whiff of Jesus or the Cross offends….even Conservatives sometimes object to being preached at.

    Preach, preach, preach all day long. Just do it honestly. I’d welcome Church of Leftism preaching on this site if they could do so honestly, if they actually stipulated their core beliefs. But generally they can’t because the core beliefs either lie unexamined or simply lie.

    The idea that a Benevolent Designer built this universe with us in mind is a heretical notion to those whose universe is their own ego and who are enthralled with their entitled walled-from-reality feelings. That category can include all types.

    But the Benevolent Designer is an extremely logical notion. The alternative is imbuing “randomness” with god-like powers, all while pretending the structures that result (which are anything but random) are devoid of meaning. Why? Because of mere rhetorical tricks.

    And rhetorical tricks abound in what passes for philosophy or religion these days. Preach, preach, preach away as long as it is honest, core principles are not prevaricated, and you don’t at all mind pissing off those who feel entitled to live inside their saccharine bubble of sloganized wisdom.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      Your point about unstated leftist beliefs is closely related to my point about unstated assumptions. For example, the liberal belief in ever-smaller class sizes assumes (but never states) that the additional teachers will be competent, even though a large percentage of existing teachers aren’t. The unspoken assumption in gun control is that criminals get their guns the same way everyone else does — and also don’t respond to inducements such as gun-free zones.

      • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

        For example, the liberal belief in ever-smaller class sizes assumes (but never states) that the additional teachers will be competent, even though a large percentage of existing teachers aren’t.

        I would say this issue is made of the confluence of escaping responsibility for bad methods/institutions and employing more union voters. So, of course I now must…

        There once was a teacher from DC
        Who said improving the schools was easy
        Just limit the pupils
        We have no scruples
        There are union palms that need greasing

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