Poetry With A Mission

...a thought provoking poetical exercise.



Given how many Christians act, and thus the damage that they do,
I’m certainly not surprised, friend, that you’ve an anti-Christian view.
And maybe those so-called righteous wars, or past inquisitions too,
Have also had a hand in your very strong anti-Christian view.

Perhaps you’re an ex-Christian, tired of all the wrong that you have seen
Occurring amongst many Christians, or within the Christian scene;
Or have you been badly hurt, friend, by some Christians acting wrongly,
And now — that Christians are just hypocrites — are feeling very strongly?

Well, what you have encountered, friend, is hardly Christianity,
But rather, it’s simply some Christians who've acted very wrongly.
Yes, Christians who have badly strayed, or who have simply lost their way,
And who, as a consequence of such, incorrectly God portray.

So, please don’t throw the baby out with the bath water, as they say,
For it’s not Christianity, but Christians, who their God betray.
Though they’re His ambassadors, some Christians dismay and disrespect
The very God they take their name from, when Him they wrongly reflect.

I’m often disappointed by fellow Christians acting wrongly,
And I deplore the wrong occurring within Christianity.
But I too, have hurt others, and thus wrongly my God portrayed,
For I am human just like them, and so often don’t make the grade.

Thus, I will still believe in God, and a Christian I’ll still remain,
And I'll continue to fellowship with any who His name claim.
But I will do my very best to reflect my God correctly,
In the hope that you might see what is truly Christianity.

But both Christian and non-Christian behave hypocritically,
So such is hardly an excuse for shunning Christianity.
Therefore, don’t build your faith on humans, for humans so often fail,
Which is why Christianity has left a terribly flawed trail.

By Lance Landall