I Have a Puritan in my Head

I really want to be a good Christian. I do. But I don’t feel like I’ve made it into the club yet. I’ve always been on the outskirts. I do a lot of singing for Jesus, but I’ve never managed to regularly go to church. I certainly have Christian ideals. I’m trying to be more tolerant of people, even if I think that what they’re doing is sinful. I’m trying to stay chaste, even though the pastor’s son is really hot and has a do-it-now-and-pray-about-it-later mindset. I’m trying to read through the Bible thoughtfully, even though I get distracted by other work and get upset that I’m not qualified to think like a biblical scholar. On top of that, I’m kind of afraid to be outwardly Christian. If you ask me, I’ll certainly tell you. It’s not a secret. I just don’t want to be lumped in a category with violently conservative evangelicals. That’s not me at all. Plus, because I haven’t read every last bit of the bible, I don’t think I can even claim to be an authentic, informed Christian. Patchwork knowledge of a religion doesn’t count. So, until I do my homework, I’ll keep my mouth shut.

However, Peter is more than happy to offer his opinion.

I created Peter Dimbleby in Honors 4 for our Anne Hutchinson project and he kinda stuck. He’s a puritan man from Massachusetts Bay who believes that you are saved if you feel it in your heart. If there were such a thing as a liberal puritan, it would be Peter. He comes out unexpectedly when someone says something inappropriate. I’d like to say that I’m joking, and in a sense, I am, but at the same time, I really want Peter to be real. He’s like my conscious, but better. Maybe the time will come when Peter won’t be around, but I kinda hope he stays forever.

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I Have a Puritan In My Head

I have a puritan inside my head and he comes out when I least expect it

I need to tell you all about him but my singing makes him upset

Because I’m not singing about Jesus right now and he thinks it’s really sinful

But he represents what I believe and has to be in my credo

Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah

I made him up in Honors 4 for our Anne Hutchinson project

And he hasn’t gone away and it’s kind of concerning

Because I think people like Peter more than they like me

But he’s really a great guy, so I can understand why

He’s faithful, and honest, and trying to be tolerant

Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah

I feel like a lot of people in my discipline aren’t outwardly religious

And if they’re outwardly something, it’s aggressively atheist

So if I have a character representing my religious self

No one will know if I’m kidding, so they won’t argue with me

But I’m kind of serious. I’m really serious.

It’s not okay to attack a person for being religious

When you’ve known her for two years and had no idea she believed in God

I like to think that Peter helped me realize that making out with the pastor’s son

Doesn’t count as a religious experience

Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah

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