A personal favorite of mine… Roland Steven Taylor. A great teacher using the medium of music & video, laced with sarcasm, satire, irony, & absurdity, asking Christ-followers to be more than clones… Shaped my wit… sense of humor… dislike of “christian” posturing… & some other stuff.

From the album “Squint”. Lyric posted below.

Strike this little pose
Chin up in the air
Lips together tightly
Nostrils in a flare
Now look like you care
Very nice!

Practice in the mirror
Brushing back a tear
Very sincere
A promising career could begin right here at home
If you’ve got that smug…
That smug…


Hey mama hey mama lookee what your little babies all have become
Hey mama hey mama don’t it ever make you wish you’d been a nun?
Vain and fickle, were we weaned on a pickle?
Is it in our blood?
Rome is burning
We’re here turning smug

Strike another pose
Power politics
Swallow their conventions
Get your power fix
We love to mud wrestle
We love to be politically Koreshed

Practice that smug
Post it like a man
One part Master Limbaugh
Two parts Madame Streisand
Now pretend you’re in a band
My, my, we’re looking smug
Very very very very


All you smug-starved millions in the thick of the search
Welcome to our church
Whatcha wanna solve?
We can help you evolve from merely self-righteous
To perfectly smug

Strike the proud pose of our country club brethren
Friendly as a tomb
Fragrant as the bottom of a locker-room broom
Now what’s the matter?
Hey…get off your knees…that part don’t come ’til later…
God will not be pleased…

Rome is cooking
My, we’re looking smug

3 thoughts on “Smug

  1. i can only giggle. I think it is great that you recognize who helped shape you though. I can think of a couple people, but they aren’t all positive. Most of them are insane.

  2. You’re fortunate to have been shaped this way. “Smug” is just another aspect of pride. Church can be the coldest place on the planet.

  3. One of the reasons smugness, self-righteousness, etc. is so hurtful is that it sticks a knife in the insecurities/wounds of others and twists . . . painful to experience, painful to behold . . . and all so the owner of the knife can feel better about themselves . . . very destructive . . .

    Sweet Handey widget!

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