My loyalty lies with You, Jesus
Not a stretch of land
Not a flag (spangled, striped, or blank)
After nails, a whip, a cross and thorns
Am I foolish enough to believe
That the whole “liberals-this, conservatives-that” agenda
Is any real threat to You, the Son of God?
It’s the egos of those
Who try to clothe You in their politics
Who equate the voices of dissent with blasphemy
Who argue amongst each other endlessly
And in the midst of all the screaming
How easy is it not to hear You whispering
The only words that make any real sense?
“I command you to love one another”
These people care less about You
And more about the validity of their own opinions
“Huh? Who?! Jesus Christ?! Yeah I believe in him, whatever! But screw him!
Now let’s get back to you admitting how wise I am about the world, and how stupid you are!”
No, thank you.
Is this why we spit at each other,
Why we kill,
Why we spill blood in Your name,
Forgetting that the only blood necessary for humanity to be saved
Do you know why I love You, Jesus?
Because you were above taking sides
And dragged everyone out of their comfort zone
Even those self-righteous prigs
Who try to stand taller than everyone else
Just because they think they know You better than everyone else
(There’s a BIG difference between getting your own beliefs in tune with Christianity, and trying to get Christianity in tune with your own beliefs!)
Even those spineless hippies
Who use Your forgiveness to turn life into
Some meaningless free-for-all
(Of course Jesus loves you, but if you use that as an excuse to ignore His words without remorse, it makes me wonder if you love Him)
This is for You, Jesus
To the Man who could shut everyone up on both sides
And put them all in their rightful place
Who could remind us all of, and expose our shame in just one breath
And in the next, show us all just how loved we are, nonetheless
To the Genius who silences all the noisemakers
Who is bigger than all the petty things
That (for some unholy reason) seem to mean everything to us
To the Savior whose spirit carried Life with it
And whose death had not one single ounce of justice in it
To the God who I barely know, yet wish to know
Who I hunger for when all the world can feed me is its own narcissistic, bloated nonsense:
Please come back soon.
Every now and then, I’ll come across an artwork on RedBubble that ruffles quite a few feathers because it has religious/ anti-American/ general political undertones. And, unsurprisingly, I’ll scroll down to see about a billion comments, usually by the same 5 people, who all keep arguing with each other, with nothing to show for it in the end. Because somewhere in between all that arguing, they seem to get less concerned with what they were arguing about, and more occupied with trying to get people to believe they’re 100 percent right about their point in the discussion. It’s amusing (and a little sad) to watch, but it became a little disturbing when I found out some of these people were Christians. While I don’t disagree that, throughout many parts of the world, there’s an all out assault on the message of Jesus Christ, I think a lot of believers get too caught up, and defend Jesus with such ferocity that they forget who He is. You don’t really need to defend God, guys – it’s the other way around! This poem/ writing was birthed out of that thought, and also the disturbing fact that so many people intertwine their faith and politics so tightly, that they try to destroy any notion that they might be wrong about anything. It’s enough to make anyone miss Jesus, and the time when people really understood his words (IF there was ever such a time, that is – even when he was on earth, nobody seemed to really understand the meaning behind his message)