I wrote this poem today after giving some thought as to how the world perceives Christ’s church often as being unchristian and given to hypocrisy. The love of Christ sadly sometimes is not adequately expressed, revealed, and shown by we who call ourselves Christian.
A sad paradox indeed
These who do believe
In the Christ who did bleed
The Christ who was crucified
The Christ who painfully died
The Christ who gave His all
So the lost could open their eyes
So the bruised could truly realize
Unconditional love and acceptance
Understanding without prejudice
An inconceivable concept for some
Causing conservatives to come undone
Offending the homophobes quickly
This Jesus who died for you and me
Violating Pharisees traditional theology
Zealots salivating for conversions
Preaching repent with an aversion
To loving, lifting, and liberating
An alienated soul who is hurting
The self-righteous seek conversion
The preacher a big fat offering
The minister a mighty testimony
But as for Christ the gentle Savior
Just open loves welcoming door
Tenderly embrace every precious soul
Regain your love for humanity stole
By methods, merchandizing & criticizing
Dear God, we have foolishly strayed!
Holy Spirit burn our hearts today!
Come afesh and prepare the way!
Remove all obstacles in the way
Our pride, arrogance, and evil
Self-absorbed religion is feeble.
We feasted, become fat and played
Causing our God’s love to be delayed
Our pious efforts have produced little
Full of ourselves we bite and nibble
Devouring one another for a quibble
Majoring painfully upon the minors
To daily alienate the dying masses
When it is all hypocritcally said and done
Our life dwindles and suddenly passes
Our rigidity toward life is old-fashioned
Problematically frigid without solution
Mesmerized by political platforms
Full of rhetoric and empty promises
Engulfed by lies we seek to be right
Deluded and deceived without sight
Our vision perishing with our souls
Illogical, presumptuous know-it-alls
Forever angry, antigay, and antichoice
For anything anti we quickly lift our voice
Distracting and diverting God’s love
Our message we push and shove
Brutally force feed a nauseus nation
If it’s not like us we call it Satan
Yet we support war and militarism
Curiously calling it good against evil
My only question is what side are we on?
Could possibly it be we who are far gone?
Nevertheless Christ the Prince of peace
Quietly and patiently waits for His church
To humbly hear, pursue, and earnestly search
For the gracious heart of God once again
Jesus the Savior, sinners’ very best friend.
by Paul F. Davis – worldwide minister and author of Poems That Propel The Planet & God vs. Religion
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