The Child Of God

Yep, it’s poetry time again. This one is a little different and has absolutely nothing to do with blogging. I am and always have been a firm believer in God and Jesus but am not one to force it down peoples throat. I could never understand those religious zealots who continually try to force their ideals on others and have always felt that they are doing more harm than good.

Too bad that they don’t behave as Jesus did while he was amongst us. The only time that I can remember when he was angry was in Matthew 21:12

And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves,

Other than that, He would go about preaching, and those who would listen did. There was no brow beating and the disciples certainly weren’t in the habit of whipping people into submission.

Anyway, I digress and certainly don’t want to start Bible bashing. Without further ado, I present to you

The Child Of God

El Greco's Jesus Carrying the Cross, 1580.
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I am a child of God
I am saved for I believe
For those who judge me
Judge not lest thou be judged
For with what judgement ye judge
Ye shall be judged
Fools, know thee that only He judges
For there is no mote in God’s eye
Only He sees clearly to judge

There are many who profess to be saved
They are the haughty fools
Those who judge others
Not knowing their own lives
They raise their placards
Full of hateful slogans
Rather than bring others to God
Their actions turn them away
Better to offer another path
For those finding themselves in strife

Ours is not to force these to believe
But to lead the way in the hope
Those who follow may be saved
Those who do not may not be ready
Their time may not be ripe
And none on earth can judge them
Many are those who believe
Who visit the House of the Lord
They tithe and profess their love of Jesus
On the pedestal that they place themselves
They see not the plight of the needy
That of those less fortunate
When they do stumble upon the homeless
Living in their poverty and filth
They draw back in disgust and horror
And no helping hand is offered

Hypocrites, they are like the Pharisees
And yet even I cannot judge
Not knowing how I would I react
Were I to meet those in need
Even non-believers may offer a helping hand
Yet many live in the fear of salvation
They ban religion from state schools
And crosses are removed from gravesites
On the pretence of offence
Many wrongful acts are committed
And innocents on both sides suffer
Atrocities occur in the name of religion
Yet none by the will of God
Mankind is the root of all evil
For heretics who preach violence
Have a personal agenda
Inflicting pain and death
On infidels and innocent alike
All in the name of God
A God who does not need man
To fight for his righteousness

From birth until death we decide
Upon the path we shall take
Though He is a merciful God
He has left us to our own devices
But we are not alone
The Spirit talks to those who listen
But many fail to follow
For the path is too hard
Though the prize is worth the hardship
Many will be lost to the glory and vices
Offered by Satan and his followers
Some call it a conscience
But whatever the name
The choice we make is our own.

So, why a poem with obvious religious overtones? I can safely say it was all Eren’s fault. I’ve been a regular reader of her blog Embracing Home, although I haven’t commented nearly enough. Still, there is plenty of time for that. Anyway, it was her last post titled How to cure and heal severe anxiety. I enjoyed that post and found it very thought provoking, and it sort of inspired me to post this poem.

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  1. Thank you for this inspired poem. I am often reminded of all those who will believe they are saved because they go to church and tithe as though they have bought their way in. I can imagine their surprise when He says “I know you not”.
    .-= Gail @Internet Strategist´s last blog ..Best of GrowMap: Our Pillar Foundation Content =-.

    1. Surprise indeed Gail, and a lot of gnashing of teeth going on I bet.

      Gail! Heck, that must be the first time I’ve seen your actual name. :grin1_ee:

  2. I have been talking a lot about this same thing. I don’t consider myself religious, but spiritual. And I think Jesus would weep for the state of humanity right now.

    I really enjoyed your poem and its message. Can’t wait to see where your next bout of inspiration takes you [and us].
    .-= Anne´s last blog ..What is it all about anyway? =-.

    1. I think They are both up there shaking Their heads at the way we are acting upon this beautiful world that has been given us. It’s pretty sad really.

      As to my next masterpiece……well I’m kind of wondering about that myself.

  3. Sire,
    What a wonderful joy to wake up to see that you linked to me and that you enjoyed my post. Your poem is beautiful- so touching and so true. Legalist pharisee type of “so called Christians” are so sad and arrogant. They’re filled with “religious pride” instead of love and compassion towards others.
    Thank you so much Sire – you made my day ;-)
    All the best,
    Eren

    1. I’m so glad Eren that I was I gave you a sense of enjoyment upon awakening ant that you enjoyed my poem.

  4. Your poem reminds us of some of our own inspired writing about Jesus and the state of the world. We hope you will come by and read what we have written and thank you for linking to Eren so that we have now found her blog as well.
    .-= Atmaja @By Their Fruits´s last blog ..Cherokee Knowledge of Jesus =-.

    1. I surely will Atmaja, and I’m glad that you enjoyed the poem so much that you left a comment.

    1. Why thanks Christie, I’m glad you liked it.

  5. Yes! Another poem from Sire! And hey, you’re really getting serious in this poetry thing, ‘ey? Again, I wouldn’t be surprised if one day, you’d put up another site that would serve to completely unbind the poet in you. :)

    Sire, honestly this is another heads up for me. I’ve been busy learning how to blog and how to earn online that I’ve really forgotten to feed the spiritual side of me. Me and my wife used to be members of the ‘Couples For Christ’, but ever since we moved to the suburbs, we have no longer attended any of the community meetings in a long time. We have ‘back-slided’ it seems.

    So, money after all is not the root of all evil. It is mankind with our own self-centered agenda.
    .-= James Moralde´s last blog ..First 100 Dollar Earning Online =-.

    1. Thanks for the comment James, and I must confess that the only times I go to church is Christmas, Easter, weddings and funerals. It’s pretty sad really, and I should make more of an effort.

  6. Hey Sire, I don’t know what it’s like where you live, but I live in a part of the U.S.A. that’s known as the “Bible Belt”, and around here, Christianity dominates everything. I was actually fired from my last job for not being Christian. (It does happen, even though it’s against the law) We’ve got 3 or 4 HUGE churches in this city alone, while the historic downtown area is falling apart and is being condemned gradually. In short, people would rather give their money to giant greedy churches than to invest in restoring a city that was once beautiful.

    There was a lot of beauty in the teachings of Christ, and I honestly believe that his teachings have been so corrupted over the years that they no longer represent the man that he was. What little there is left of his message is blatantly ignored by most people who follow it.

    Kudos to you for not being a religious zealot. We should all have the freedom to believe what we want, and you can not force someone to believe something. You can only force them to pretend to believe something. And that’s what a lot of people do… they pretend.
    .-= Trey – Swollen Thumb Entertainment´s last blog ..Free Music Download: Baghdad =-.

    1. Not like that here at all Trey, but then I’m not sure we have a Bible Belt, at least not where I live.

      One wonders what those churches around you does with all the money they collect. Seeing as how they don’t have to pay taxes on it, perhaps they should be made accountable as to how it is used, ie so as to not add to the coffers of the ministers and such. I would hope the money went to maintenance and to help the poor and suffering, not necessarily in that order.

  7. I didn’t know you wrote poetry? You should seriously consider joining my writing community.
    .-= Rose´s last blog ..Cute Christmas Dinnerware sets at Pfaltzgraff =-.

    1. I am a man of many talents Rose :wink_ee: but perhaps not talented enough to be a member of a writing community. Besides, I don’t really have the time to be a worthy contributor.

  8. I disagree there. It’s a shame you don’t have time. Oh well. :)
    .-= Rose´s last blog ..Twitter Warning- New Phishing Scam =-.

    1. It’s so nice of you to say that Rose, and who knows what the future holds in store for me. Perhaps one day time will will not be such a problem

  9. This is pretty heavy stuff and it almost felt like reading a verse form the Bible.

    “Many wrongful acts are committed
    And innocents on both sides suffer
    Atrocities occur in the name of religion
    Yet none by the will of God”

    I love this part most. Very striking.

    Z

    1. Thanks so much for the praise Zorlone. Actually I did actually quote a portion from the Bible. I’m not sure how accurate it was as I wrote it from memory.

      “Judge not lest thou be judged
      For with what judgement ye judge
      Ye shall be judged”

      I felt that verse you chose is very apt when considering the world we live in.

  10. These lines are true for me though: “Be not like Pharisees…”

    A poem of religious implications but true nevertheless.
    .-= Jena Isle´s last blog ..Serendipity and Writing to Exhale =-.

    1. Thanks Jena, for your kind comment.

  11. Ooh Boy Sire,
    Something I try to stay away from is religion. Don’t shoot the messenger here, I believe in a higher being or god. I also believe that god is with in each and every one of us and we are the temple there of. However I have always had a problem with some of the bible. The bible actually condones violence and death more than any other religious book. This is one site that freaks me out http://biblebabble.curbjaw.com/laws.htm

    To conclude I remember asking when I was real young if you have to claim Jesus as lord and savior in order to get to heaven, what happens to those people that never even heard the story? I was told they just go to hell. That was unacceptable to me, even at a young age I remember what unconditional was and unconditional love to me did not include ultimatums.

    I believe God to be love the most powerful entity there is. The God within me if unconditional has power beyond belief.

    Trying to make this short, I do always have allot to say when it comes to religion and personal growth. I do love Christmas, and your poem is fantastic Sire I am not at all meaning to change anyone. Just stating where I am.

    It is a good thing to question things, the followers of Jim Jones may have felt different if they had asked questions.

    May everyone enjoy their Holiday Season and your Christmas be filled with great joy.
    Brad West ~ onomoney
    .-= Brad West´s last blog ..Make a Turning Point in Your Life with the Alliance of Prosperity =-.

    1. Brad, I reckon who ever told you that was a moron. I believe God will judge everyone individually. There are many who have found Christ and then have forsaken him. They are on very shaky ground, but who know what turn of event will come there way before they meet their maker.

      As to those who have never heard of Jesus, I doubt very much God will hold that against them. I suppose in the long run it all depends on what sort of life they led.

      As to the violence, that’s pretty much Old Testament, and perhaps a lot of that was necessary. Most of it was directed against those who were contrary to God’s commandment. Perhaps in those day’s violence was the only way they would learn a lesson. Come to think of it, even then most of them forgot the lesson and were led astray.

      Merry Christmas to you and your family.

      1. I was told that by Christians including my mom. But that was what got me on the ask questions thing. I feel good about where I’m at. I totally respect where you or anyone else is at, with the exception of the Baptist Minister here in the US that says that god is telling him to kill politicians including the president. that kind of runes the respect thing for me.
        .-= Brad West´s last blog ..Kindle2 ebook reader has arrived =-.

        1. Just goes to show that no-on is perfect Brad. It’s like everything in this world, you can’t make a judgement call just because of a bad apple. The trouble is that if that bad apple goes unnoticed or is ignored it will more than likely spoil the whole batch.

  12. Good to meet you brothers. I am a pastor of a local Baptist church here in South Africa.
    I firmly believe in spreading the Gospel to those who haven’t heard, or perhaps have abut are not yet convinced.

    I am also of the persuasion that you will not get a firm believe if you beat him into submission. AS you say, I don’t see Christ doing this. Yes he was strong but also meek and humble.

    I am amazed to see how blogging and building a blog, and Christianity and spreading the gospel have so much in common.

    For your blog to succeed, in a way, you have to build up a loyal readership. To do this you have to build relationships. Open up to people. Forcing them to read and comment on your blog will not cut it.

    Similar in Christianity and spreading the Gospel. It’s all about building relationships. Getting people to lowers their walls and understand who you are and who God is.

    Yes stand for the truth, speak out against evil, but remember that God still Loves the sinner. He wants them to Choose to love him, not forced into it.

    I come from a Baptist Fundamental background, so fully understand the concept. The difficulty is Telling people they are sinners and are heading for the punishment of God if they do not Turn to Christ.

    Anyway, lovely poem, I wish I had that gift. We all have talents, it’s how we use them that count. Not everyone is called to be a preacher, but we are all called to be a witness. You presenting this poem to the world is your witness. Well done.
    .-= Robert Bravery´s last blog ..What is the one thing that can improve your blog? =-.

    1. You are a Pastor? I wish I knew that sooner. I don’t think I swore in your presence. Phew, now that I know I will be more careful.

      I’ve always thought to try and lead by example, which is what I believe Jesus did. I’m far from perfect, but I try the best I can.

      I’m glad you liked the poem, it means a lot to me as it’s one of my favorites.

      1. No don’t worry, your behaviour was perfect. At least towards me.

        Anyway, who am I to judge someone else.

        1. Judge not lest ye be judge…..something we should all remember.

    2. Great to meet you here Robert,
      I am in total agreement with you and possibly a little envious of the poetry writing talent sire possesses. That is a great talent.

      As far as what people believe, as I said I can respect that as a choice. the hundreds of variations and interpretations of the bible is what is concerning to me and if there are that many interpretations of what the bible is now, what variations happened in translation by the people that have evolved it from the Hebrew Masoretic Text and the Greek Textus Receptus. For one are not fluent enough to be any kind of judge on authenticity. One of the most interisting things is the origin of the letter J and when it was changed from an I.

      This subject can be debated forever and has been through the years right up until now. To me the respect of others belief is important. I am not one to push my personal beliefs and tell people there is no other way. I even respect the Jehovah Witnesses that worship a tower on a hill in upper New York State.

      It is a great world we live in!
      Brad West ~ onomoney
      .-= Brad West´s last blog ..Recovering American Soldier Christmas Cards =-.

      1. Brad, Nice to meet you as well.

        I hear you.

        There are so many interpretations of the Bible you are correct. I also agree with your point about the original text.

        Having said that God has said that he will give us the Holy Spirit, “who will guid you into all truth” Problem is that many only want their truth and not what God says.

        It is not my job to save people, neither convince them not convict them of sin. That is the Job of the Holy Spirit.

        My job is to present the truth as the Holy Spirit has allowed me to interpret.

        I do also realise that being human I must not rely on any private interpretation, as the scripture rightly admonishes us.

        But his topic of interpretation and textual criticism can go on for ever. I would like to think that as people debate these topics that they not allow their own feeling or judgements to prevail, but allow the Spirit of God to teach us.

        Hey, I have been know to be wrong at times, But let me tell you this, God is never wrong.

        Thanks for your honest opinion, and it is great to be acquainted.
        .-= Robert Bravery´s last blog ..What is the one thing that can improve your blog? =-.

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