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The New Robe

Modern Satire

By Matthew PrimousPublished 28 days ago 4 min read
The New Robe
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I walked to New Hope Baptist Church everyday. Because I love the community. I love the atmosphere. I love my job. I have been preaching at New Hope Baptist Church for decades. Even when it rain and even when it shines. I love working for the Lord. Because you see the Lord's been so good to me that he gave me a brand new mercy. The Lord's been so good to me that he woke me up this morning. The Lord's been so good to me that he started me on my way. I don't mind sweating to church. I don't mind feeling a little rain to church. I don't mind feeling a little cold to church. Because it is an honor to come before God another morning. God been mighty good and I am mighty glad to be at his service. He saw fit for me to live. He saw fit for me to be. He saw fit to bless me. As I stood before the church this Sunday and they sung Blessed it be the Rock, Blessed it be the Rock of my salvation. Hosanna Blessed it be the Rock. And mother was singing in the choir, you know under Dad she used to show out. Mom would sing that song like she was Miram, Moses' sister. And Dad would get happy and clap his hand and stand shouting. My siblings and I would get the Holy Ghost and shout in the front seat with our grandmother. Now my wife Joana and Jester and Phillipa were in the front row shouting and praising God. As church went out, we waited outside to greet everyone and shake their hand to give them fellowship. And one of the deacons pulled me aside and he said Pastor you know that they are talking about the Civil Rights. They are fighting for Civil Rights. And what are you gonna do about? And I said I will let the Lord lead me when it is time Deacon. And the Deacon presisted Pastor other churches are getting involved. You don't know what if your own flock may be getting involved. Some are going to jail and some are being beaten. And I said If the Lord is willing then I shall but I have not heard from him yet. And the Deacon left saying I am just trying to tell you something is happening in our community and New Hope Baptist Church should be apart of it. And my wife Joana came in and asked what the deacon wanted. And I slowly but surely broke it down to her. And she was worried about the community. She was concerned for our children and the future of the church. And I reassured my wife that I will see about this and will protect the flock of God by all means necessary. As the week progress, the protestors marched passed the church just before Bible Study and they were shouting and chanting. It disturbed Bible Study and I was concerned about moral upbringing of my congregation. And the people begin talking about the protest and demonstrations some were for it and some were against it. And the congregation asked me and I told them God will keep in perfect peace whose mind stayed on Him and I dismissed the congregation. And the police later on called me threatening that if my congregation get involved that there would be dire consequences. And I cried out that they are God's flock and you don't care. They are people. They are human beings. They have little children. I have never cause any trouble before. We don't do that at New Hope Baptist Church and never done it. And my mother came in my office at home and she overheard and she said, you know God respect courage son. Courage to say the right things. Courage to do the right things. And he accept nothing less. Speak those things that be not as though they were. Your father could not do it but now you can. And I hesitately agreed reasuring with a hug and kiss on the cheek. And my mother presented a new robe and I was shocked and said I never wore any robe except Dad's robe. She said he saved this one for you for this day. So the choir sung Let my people go. Pharoah Pharoah let my people go. You oppressed their backs you make life hard. Let my let my people go. Thus saith the Lord Let my people go. I said I come before you in a new robe. A new hope. A new faith. A new love. My eyes have been opened and my mind has been changed. We can no longer ignore the needs for justice. We can no longer be satisfied within ourselves. We all are Moses and we must go down down into Egypt down into that bitter land down into that heat of injustice and let God's people all God's people go. For the Lord cried out from the mountain Let my people go. Then I stretched forth my right hand over all the congregation, Let my people go.


About the Creator

Matthew Primous

I am a Black Scholar, International Scholar, & Google Scholar, & 3-Time Eber & Wein Best Poet., Nominee for Poet of the Year, 2020 Black Author Matters Winner, 2 time Akademia Excellence Essayists,& 2022 Honorary Muckrack Journalist.

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