A Message to Evangelicals (A Poem)

I wrote this poem when I was 17-years-old in my Creative Writing class about my frustration with some of the hypocrisy I saw in American Christianity.  I'd never write something so overtly judgmental now, but my passion in this is making Christianity not about judging others and rationalizing our culture, but bringing about justice through our worship 🙏

Vowing obedience to the Lord,

Fighting a conservative culture war.

Groupthink empowering a modern crusade,

Rooted in intolerance, fought in vain.

 

They fear for the future and their economic wealth,

focusing solely on themselves.

Chasing after elusive riches Jesus warned against,

Worshiping the mega-rich, giving in to their demands.

 

Their churches preach ambiguity,

as they swallow communion of power obesity.

Materialism numbs their souls

and they forget forgiveness, the Jesus-story that’s been told.

 

Drowning in oceans that are their pride,

Never fully being spiritually alive.

Judging those who seek peace and compassion,

Blotting out the Bible verses about helping the masses.

 

They curse out evolution, abortion, and gays,

Clinging to the power of their radical ways.

Prefacing what they believe with in God’s name

Never judging themselves, never accepting the blame.

 

 

Their Bibles bleed vengeful ink,

staining the hands of these oppressors of the weak

“the wealth of the wicked is laid up for the just.”[1]

“the spirit will return to the God who gave it, [and to the earth], dust.”[2]

 

[1] Proverbs 13:22

[2] Ecclesiastes 12:7

2 Comments

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    September 24, 2017

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  2. Peter G.
    September 28, 2017

    Very convicting (I do think the Church must condemn abortion, but in a way that’s integrated with our witness for peace and solidarity with the poor and marginalized, not as part of a “culture war”). I have to remind myself all the time that at the very beginning of Jesus’ story in Luke’s Gospel are the words of Mary, “God has brought down the mighty from their thrones and exalted those of humble estate; he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty” (Lk 1:52-53). Thus IS the Gospel, embodied in Jesus. I’d recommend to you anything written by William Cavanaugh, one of my favorite theologians – so many of his writings are about what “justice through worship,” as you put it, would mean in an integrated way. His short book “Being Consumed,” for instance, takes the Eucharist as the starting point and fulcrum of an entirely different practice of “consumption” that challenges and critiques the dominant model within capitalism.

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