Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Money (In God We Trust)

...and we shall see how godless a nation we have become...

Whirlwinds dance upon the empty streets. The cracked and faded sign that once proudly proclaimed "You are Now Entering The City of Joy" leans against a rotten tree stump, awaiting another resurrection in a long line of resurrections. Another coat of paint - applied by another newcomer - in the hope of lifting the spirits of a town long-since forgotten.

Brian lazily eyed the lone crow, flying low across the now-barren crops in search of nourishment. Taking in what was left of this community, he smiled to himself in the knowledge that this had been a thriving economic town before he and his entourage of purse-emptiers had arrived. He remembered the singing, the dancing, and the praising of his Lord’s name. He also remembered the pressing of the flesh and the swelling of the bank balance.

Now, just a few short months later, it was bankrupt. It was just a desolate outpost on the road to redemption - a shadow of its former self. First, it had been the small businesses that went under, unable to sustain the rent and utilities payments after giving more than half of their profits in the name of God, followed by the bigger chain stores relocating as they realised that the money was slowly dwindling in town. The younger generations were moving away in search of other opportunities.

Pastor Brian Jackson removed his dog-collar, undid the top button of his freshly starch ironed shirt. He had been the only one to profit from the venture. As it was meant to be - at least, that was how he saw it. Brian bent down, picked up his suitcases and loaded them into the trunk of his very new car. All part and parcel of the benefits of bringing the Word of God to His people. However, all good things must come to an end. With one final look around the near-abandoned Main Street, Brian got into the driver’s seat and closed the door behind him.

"City of Joy?” He thought to himself. “Not anymore.”


Harry said...

Does it say "In God We Trust" on that monopoly money you get your Tim Tams with down under? The last time I was in church they passed the plate twice and warned of God's wrath upon any who dropped in a Canadian coin. Good one Paul,for some reason it has me thinking of High Plains Drifter. Cool painting too!

Anonymous said...

The visuals that you have used have done more to paint this picture than any pic you could have used- altho the one you chose was an excellent one as well. I really enjoy this piece and it made me think, how many of these "religious" leaders are out to do exactly the same thing? You have given us a very thought provoking piece to consider throughout the rest of our day.

Jodi MacArthur said...

This is so visual, almost like a painting. I'm not used to reading this subtle kind of work from you. I'd love to read more works like this from you. Excellent excellent!m