Religion is a topic Portugal. The Man have covered on several of their songs, including an early one called "The Devil
." In "Modern Jesus," they sing:We don't need no modern Jesus to roll with us...
The only faith we have is faith in us
In a Songfacts interview with lead singer John Gourley
, he explained: "'Modern Jesus' is pretty on the nose for the way I feel about everything. It was growing up with religion around us. I grew up with friends whose parents would read the Book of Revelation
before bed, and it really terrified me – this idea that there's this weird set of rules that apply to people, whether they know it or not."
"It's about that belief in each other," he added. "It's in all of us: Everything that is going to happen is going to come from you. And we can talk about faith, destiny, and all these things – they're different than the cult of personality type thing. You run into it outside of religion, as well."