Music Moment: Joan Baez sings Bob Dylan’s “With God On Our Side”

Joan Baez live in Stockholm, 1966, singing “With God On Our Side,” written by Bob Dylan.

In a many dark hour
I’ve been thinkin’ about this
That Jesus Christ
Was betrayed by a kiss
But I can’t think for you
You’ll have to decide
Whether Judas Iscariot
Had God on his side.

Copyright ©1963; renewed 1991 Special Rider Music

I don’t take the oversimplified path of belief that wars, conflicts, battles, whatever you want to call them are somehow problems with easy solutions (make peace or get ‘er done), from either side. But I wonder if God, able to take the long view and seeing the starvation, the disease, the murders and genocide which war involves, would agree? Then again, God’s relationship with humanity vis a vis the suffering of innocents has always been problematic at best. I am troubled. Weltzschmerz: sadness over the state of the world. I have it today.

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