Poetry With A Mission

...a thought provoking poetical exercise.

Pull Together

“Not forsaking [neglecting] the assembling of ourselves together [for the purpose of worship], as is the manner of some [those who neglect to do so], but exhorting [encouraging] one another, and so much the more [as a result of trouble, difficulty, persecution] as you see the Day [the Second Coming] approaching” (Heb 10:25, NKJV).

Stay with the ship and pull together, I believe God’s saying,
And with greater urgency I’m sure He’s such conveying.
For earth’s rushing to its end, greater troubles lie ahead,
So let’s respond, and respond we will, if truly Spirit-led. 

We should all pull together for the glory of the Lord, 
And each other’s benefit, lest any forfeit their reward.
Wherever we may differ, let’s respond as Christ would do,
For He’s given each free choice to reject or accept what’s true.

Where differing in belief, or where differing in view,
Please do so in a Christ-like way as Spirit-led ones would do.
Wherever you may differ, or hold a different view,
By all means, reason together, but don’t get riled or argue.

Christ died for His enemies, not just those who Him revere,
Thus, He also treats His dissenters thoughtfully and fair.
When we’re opposed by others, Christ wants us to act the same,
For we are His ambassadors, whom we’ll glorify or shame.

There may well be a reason, but there’s never an excuse
For unchristian behaviour, including verbal abuse.
Within every single church disagreements will arise;
It’s simply how they’re dealt with, that’s why wisdom God supplies.

Let’s be grateful for free choice, and freedom of expression,
Lest we aid the opposite — subjugation and suppression.
And should it be we’re challenged, let’s dwell on that precious fact,
For those who appreciate it, the right to differ will strongly back.

So, let’s all pull together and tolerant always be,
In areas where we differ, for we’ll not be difference-free.
Let’s focus our attention upon the bigger picture,
And strive for Christ-like unity, as admonished via Scripture.

By Lance Landall

“So in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others”
(Rom 12:5, NIV).
“So then we pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another”
(Rom 14:19, NASB).

However, never unity at the expense of truth!