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Sunday, December 09, 2007


by George Held

A revival among both evangelical and traditional churches on campus has made it safe -- and even cool -- to be a college Christian.
—Reuters, 26 Nov. ’07

How cool to be a Christian,
How better than a Deke
To be of the communion
That’s on a winning streak.

How safe to be a Christian,
How better than a Jew,
A Buddhist or Mormon—
Let’s keep them to a few,

Not to say Mohammedans,
Whose scripture’s in error
And makes them prey to Satan
And wed to holy terror.

How nice to be a Christian,
Promised an afterlife,
Unlike benighted heathens,
Who face eternal strife.

Thank God I am a Christian,
With numbers on my side
In this true Christian nation
Where coolness does abide.

George Held has previously contributed to The New Verse News. His latest poetry collection is The Art of Writing and Others (, 2007).