“Ship of Fools” Sailed – Baptist News Global
Letter to the Editor
October 9, 2022
My first memory of the song “Ship of Fools” was in college reading Plato’s Book VI Republic in a political science class. An allegory using a ship with a dysfunctional crew to represent the problems of governance in a political system based on ignorance rather than knowledge, the version of the song, originally written and recorded by the Grateful Dead in 1974, describes exactly where we are today as a country.
Evangelical leaders, whom I will call conspirators/invocators—for example, the promulgator of the imprecatory prayer of Psalm 35 in your October 5 article, “Atlanta Pastor Prays…,” would instead be represented by a nave of fools which ensures the continued privilege of those who prioritize their own brand of voodoo Christian nationalism above the gospel of Jesus Christ as I have known it since childhood. (See Galatians 5:22-23.)
Forgive my cynicism, but it’s no wonder that many, myself included, have lost faith in the church, and in the possibility that the truth will ever come out into the public eye.
Though I fear this ship has sailed, I pray those who still have a voice and a vote acknowledge this fact as they rise to pray for stormy seas and no safe harbor for those who travel on the Ship of Fools.
Tim Norton, Jasper, Georgia