Poetry With A Mission

...a thought provoking poetical exercise.

Stop The Charade!

(On behalf of those who’re hurting)

You’re discouraged, struggling, hurting, wanting help, are in need of serious prayer,
And desire evidence that God is real, and that other Christians really care.
I mean, really care, not the usual platitudes, that pie in the sky stuff,
Which what little faith and hope that you’ve managed to muster is destined to snuff.

Yes, “I’ll pray for you,” they say, that’s if they remember, being busy and all that,
And as they bid their leave, it’s, “Chin up, we’re all struggling,” and the proverbial pat.
Come their prayer by rote time, you may get mentioned, but not for long, nor fervently,
And there you remain, racking your brain, and thinking “Where’s true Christianity?”

You hear them talking about faith, hope, love and care, even the power of prayer,
But oh dear, amidst it all, it seems that they have forgotten that you’re still there.
They seldom, if ever, get back to you, nor really wrestle on your behalf,
Which leaves you feeling much worse, and thinking that the whole thing’s just a joke, a laugh.

“Stop the charade!” you’d love to scream, or perhaps you lose it, and do let such fly,
Which well and truly sees them back off, and the next minute, even “Don’t judge me!” cry.
Anything but admit that they should’ve done more (and they should’ve, in your case),
But isn’t that the way, for how many people such truth are willing to face?

And so you crawl back into your little hole, feeling like throwing it all in,
Wondering where God has got to, and those Christians who are in fact genuine —
You know, those who truly make the effort, willingly, ceaselessly, gut wrenchingly,
And who keep in contact like they should, talking and acting encouragingly.


Some Christians seem far too busy playing church, they’re too involved in this or that,
Or too caught up in their own pursuits, thus haven’t time to visit, nor to chat.
So you have to make it on your own, if you can, and many can’t, and fall away,
Having been left alone and unattended for too long, or fed scraps like a stray.

Yes, you’re tired of it all, have been there a number of times, unfortunately,
Trying to stand on your own spiritual feet, but not finding it easy.
If not slugged by the devil, slugged by fellow Christians who neglect and pat the head,
Too busy, distracted, engrossed — or — no, perhaps some things are best left unsaid.

By Lance Landall

2.  Dear Sandra

It pained me to hear of your unfortunate experience and departure from Christianity,
'Cause such not only tears my heart, but more so the heart of He who suffered horribly on Calvary.
Christ knew your new found walk-cum-daily cross wouldn’t be easy, 'cause Satan's not our only enemy,
But oft those who're simply Christian in name, be they deluded or hiding behind Christianity.

The biggest tests-cum-trials oft come from our own — in this case, fellow Christians, even those ones who're true,
'Cause sanctification's the work of a lifetime, hence those meantime things our brothers and sisters oft do.
We don’t magically become like Christ the moment we surrender our all to Him, hence His saving grace,
And to be honest, we’ll always err, 'cause we’re fallen creatures, and this sad reality need to face.

Sometimes we err big time, still struggling with our old self, not to mention background, circumstances and trials,
And we most regretful of our wrongdoings, our succumbing to any of Satan's beguiling spells.
 And they being, Satan's temptations, all of which can or does impact on others, unfortunately,
And also damages our Christian witness, or even worse, puts others right off Christianity.

But having said that, Satan has also and always operated very cunningly from within,
'Cause that's often the best way to destroy something, thus using hypocrites to thwart the genuine.
Or if not hypocrites, those who've no place there at all, agents of the devil who work destructively,
Within each congregation, that is — both personally and officially, and within Christianity.

Hence why we must keep our eyes on Christ alone, and not put our faith in others, or denominations,
'Cause both people and organisations will always be flawed, hence those common complaints, accusations.
We live in an imperfect world, a world full of broken vessels to whom sinning comes naturally,
All of which is why we’ll always be disappointed by what we experience, unfortunately.

Well, Sandra, rather than run the risk of repeating myself, there's one final thing I would like to say,
Please return to the safety of the Ark — those loving arms of Christ — He who'll never ever dismay,
'Cause the Christian who lets anyone or anything come between them and their salvation is a fool,
'Cause over their folly, eternal loss and destruction, Satan and his evil cohorts no doubt drool.

You may feel those words are a little harsh, Sandra, but your salvation’s no small matter, and nor that cost,
Yes, all that suffering that Christ went through on your behalf in order to ensure that you wouldn’t be lost —
If you remain faithful to Him, that is, despite those things you experience within Christianity
From fellow Christians, who, by the way, given that Christ is also our judge, may not receive eternity.

Your concerned friend,

By Lance Landall

This poem was upgraded 8 February 2020.

“Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy name? and in Thy name cast out devils? and in Thy name done many wonderful works?’ And then will I profess unto them, ‘I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity’ ” (Matt 7:22,23, KJV).

3.  Regarding New Christians...

Please take care when it comes to newcomers to the Christian Faith, lest they're forced to walk before they can crawl,
And by that I mean, not burdening them too soon with this or that, 'cause such is likely to see them sprawl,
'Cause growth takes time, as old ways must give way to new, and letting go isn’t an instant thing, nor easy,
And many still have issues they’re dealing with, they vulnerable and fragile, hence why some  leave, sadly.

And dare we be the cause via neglect or thoughtlessness, expectations that are too high initially,
They exiting as quick as they came, another wound now, and they perhaps anti Christianity.
Oh, those platitudes, that too heavenly minded to be any earthly good, thing, or hypocrisy,
They upset at finding what they’d hoped they'd left behind, that lack of difference-cum-just as worldly.

Satan's on the tail of us all, he and his mates acting like a pack of wolves, hungry, mean and angry,
And well aware of those who're easy prey, the newest and weakest, thus snapping at their heels viciously.
And as for those ones who’re besieged by troubles — well, that’s oft thanks to Satan and his nasty comrades too,
Who've a habit of using other members to do their dirty work for them — a sure to work avenue.

Hence why newcomers, weak Christians, or Christians besieged with troubles, should be surrounded with love and care,
Conscientiously watched over by the rest of the flock who’re more battle savvy and experience share.
'Cause when the vulnerable and fragile are left alone, they’re easily savaged by evil marauders,
Hence why many soon fall by the way, thanks to
internal, external, earthly, demonic saboteurs.

The Christian walk is far from easy — if one’s walking truly, that is — 'cause Satan hates the committed,
And trials are necessary for building character, inner strength, which is why trials are permitted.
But be it newcomers or seasoned Christians, all should get due attention, such plain  Christianity,
Ordered by Christ, 'cause those who don’t love and treat others like our Saviour does, don’t deserve eternity.

By Lance Landall

This poem was upgraded 8 February 2020.

4.  Don't Drop The Ball Too

Woe to those pastors who only seem to be into numbers and hardly souls,
Just a few studies beforehand and then into the font and on the church rolls.
Yes, it’s rush, rush, and once baptised, those new converts without ongoing studies,
And hence why the back door swings, its hinges oiled by the neglected such as these.

But dear Christian whose spouse is a new convert too, dare you as well, upset God’s Son,
By just lamenting the fact and not jumping up and down when little is done.
Christ wanting as many souls saved as possible, and He even more upset
If there they were in church, and you just relied on the pastor, enter regret.

Yes, woe betide such pastors, but that doesn’t let you off the hook, believe me,
Time critical, Satan making the most of any lost opportunity.
And then it often too late, pastors only one port of call, and hence why all
Need to look after new converts as well, it not just pastors who drop the ball.

By Lance Landall

5.  Dear New Convert

When we find the Lord and surrender our whole life to Him, He has to test us,
And you know, no one was tested as severely as the Son of Man, Jesus.
And that test can come in many forms, as it did with Job of old, who stayed true,
And our faithful, obedient Saviour is hoping the same proves true of you.

And so, along will come Satan, or sadly, tests may come in the form of me,
I acting wrongly, the devil having got at me too, or I tired, you see.
Yes, we all having our cranky days, and sadly, sometimes acting selfishly,
And therefore why all too often we need to fall at the foot of Calvary.

So please don’t get discouraged, for after study comes the testing, like at school,
That proof of our genuineness, and whether we’ll last the distance; God no fool.
Though sometimes we cause our own trials, even deny ourselves a blessing too,
We not fully in harmony with God’s will, and Satan coming in on cue.

But God is gracious, He bearing long, and He our strength in times of need, or pain,
He sending angels who surround, because God is loving, tender and humane.
And so, despite those trials, that testing all must face, our God is always near,
He rooting for us, and He our advocate, all why we’ve no reason for fear.

So lean not to thine own understanding, but trust Him with all your heart and soul,
For God has your best interests at heart, has everything under control.
Your sanctification the work of a lifetime, but hey, still mind how you go,
Because God’s Word is there to instruct us, and why we should uphold what we know.

By Lance Landall

6.  On Either Side, The Devil's In Control

It’s wonderful to see young people seeking truth no matter what the cost, and,
Walking in the ways of right, reaching higher, just as their Lord And Saviour planned.
And it’s a tough path, a straight and narrow one, mocked by those on the broad path, who,
Aren’t destined for Heaven, and thus their rebellious folly are about to rue.

BUT having said that,

Some turn the straight and narrow into a fanatical path (where it’s not at),
A path that’s just as destructive as that broad one, hence those molehills, or that gnat.
And when they see the folly of that errant path, some swinging the other way,
Not back to the apostolic blueprint — and where once again, Satan’s seen to play.

Yes, there they are midst their so-called newfound freedom, having become more worldly,
Despite God’s Word saying to come out of the world; Christians not there to copy.
No, God having drawn a demarcation line, and His Word our balancing pole,
Lest left or right we topple, because on either side, the devil’s in control.

And it’s he who has some thinking that the straight and narrow is fanatical,
And hence the increasing numbers joining the ranks of those who’re more liberal.
And Satan laughing all the way to the bank, more deposits in his account,
Hence why an open mind and sound knowledge of God's will and ways is paramount.

By Lance Landall

7.  On Their Behalf

Dear heavenly Father, so longsuffering, full of compassion and mercy,
There are many poor souls who sincerely wish to surrender their all to Thee.
But oh, how they struggle to do so, Father, and there are many reasons why,
And the devil fills their minds with discouraging thoughts that none of us should buy.

They wish they could wake up one day and not lose it again, nor do the same things,
But surprises, troubles, wounds and thoughtless people are oft waiting in the wings.
And they like barnacle encrusted vessels, their masts bent, their sails badly torn,
And they oft feeling destined to drift without a port as if they’re orphan born.

And beneath their bow and stern a perilous sea full of wrecks preceding them,
Jagged reefs to the left and right that lie in wait and oft ready to condemn.
And waves aplenty that threaten to capsize their already leaking vessel,
And why they struggle to reach that Divine harbour where one can safely nestle.

So please, dear heavenly Father, grant them a strength that they’ve not hitherto known,
And this, dear Father, despite their abject failings, those seeds they’ve wrongly sown.
For they’re not happy with such too, and long for that righteousness that comes from You,
And why I call on your compassion, Father, that in time they may walk anew.

By Lance Landall

8.  Burdened, Wounded, And Anxious

For many poor struggling souls who’re beset with this or that, the upward path can oft seem  overwhelming,
Hence why within their sighing heart, the joy of Heaven’s promises fail to fully register or ring.
Oh, how they need encouragement, they so alone and vulnerable, just like stragglers behind some herd,
So in need of some compassionate passerby, one with a comforting arm and some uplifting word.

The upward path is oft strewn with trials, which are harder to meet if one’s already bruised and weary,
And many are burdened with unfair weights before they've even begun, weights that seem too large to carry.
And on the way (bearing their hampering load), they see many others who're seemingly hurrying past,
And who, midst their spiritual busyness, personal pursuits, haven't stopped nor caring questions asked,

Perhaps smugly but erroneously assured, cheerfully oblivious to their lack of Christ-like love,
Thus not so much heading upwards, but appearing so, watched by He who knows the heart and takes notes above,
He who also sees those stragglers, perhaps more in sync with His Word, but not as confident that they’re saved,
Though still trying to put their faith and trust in the One whose deep love for them is  permanently engraved.

Oh, how these souls feel their need, know their wretchedness, and so want to be free of those burdens that slow their pace,
Daring to hope that one soon coming day they’ll see their Saviour’s welcoming face, feel His loving embrace.
Yes, sensitive souls who’re wrestling with inner demons, nursing heartache and bearing scars, and so in need,
And who, on their bended knee (and too oft overlooked and passed by), so often for heavenly help plead.

By Lance Landall

This poem was upgraded 8 February 2020.

9.  The Saddest Thing

The saddest thing, and a lesson that many soon learn is, that in times of need, people oft aren’t there,
And here I’m including Christians, 'cause as we’ve been told, the love of many will wax cold, Earth’s end near.
Thus pain afflicting many will be all the deeper, and their burden heavier, they more alone,
Given they’re the sad victims of any and every excuse, they having to cope on their own.

And this, they shouldn't have to, 'cause God's said otherwise, a command many aren’t taking  seriously,
Thus neglecting their Christian duty, doing naught or too little, upsetting Jesus terribly.
And meantime, they foolishly thinking they’re saved (having failed the test, their fitness for Heaven lacking),
'Cause Heaven isn’t for those who act indifferently, or selectively — no, Christ hardly their king.

When encouragement's needed, and someone's beset by gnawing distress, say, others should be there,
A roster ensuring support as long as it's needed, such ones surrounded by loving care, prayer.
'Cause some things seem unbearable, be such physical or emotional, and they, struggling badly,
Or battling the attacks of Satan that threaten to shipwreck their faith, they weakened by injury.

Oh, how they suffer so, or fall by the wayside, many having festered within, gotten angry,
'Cause though it doesn't pay to expect, they know help should be there, such being the crux of Christianity.
All why the saddest thing many soon learn is, that others oft aren’t there when needed, though they should be,
And therefore, for the hurt and struggling Christian, it’s often just God who takes their plight seriously.

By Lance Landall

This poem was upgraded 8 February 2020.

10.  Don't Give Up

When folk aren’t there for you, and your cry for help or healing remains hanging in the air,
Don’t give up, don’t lose heart, but continue to persist and wrestle with God in prayer.
'Cause God can do anything, nothing’s impossible for Him — that is, if it’s His will,
And why wouldn’t it be? Unless you’re asking for something that’s wrong, or that’d bring ill.

Therefore, you’ve more reason to be hopeful than not so, so don’t give in to despair,
But rather, continue in faith and hope, confident that there is power in prayer.
Though God allows suffering, that doesn’t mean He won’t remove it (when He’s ready),
'Cause trials are often for a season — that is, until they’ve achieved what’s heavenly.

Just as being positive can attract a better outcome, so it is when we pray,
'Cause our loving God is touched by child-like faith, and “Yes” rather than “No” may well say.
And should He say “No,” then “No” it is, but there’s hardly victory where there’s no fight,
So continue to press your case, speaking your mind and baring your soul with all your might.

Yes, make sure you go down fighting, don’t succumb to the comments of the faithless, who,
Given time, are less encouraging, and their initial belief and hope review.
Though they may drop off (one by one), make sure that you’re the last one standing, expectantly,
'Cause God often waits until the last moment, rewarding those who wait patiently.

And don’t be discouraged by reminders of those who weren’t healed, nor had their lot eased,
'Cause though true, such folk have become a handy reply, which no doubt sees Satan pleased.
What Christian doesn’t know of such? And there’s a time and place, at the end of the day,
It better to dwell on brighter outcomes, lest you become discouraged and weakly pray.

And what a difference it makes when others are there throughout it all, as they should be,
Constantly upholding folk in prayer, making regular contact personally.
But sadly, such is often not the case, and the journey harder and more lonely,
All why many give up who otherwise wouldn’t have, forfeiting eternity.

And hence why I say, don’t give up, don’t lose heart, but persist in prayer, confidently,
'Cause God has promised that He will answer, and answer He will, eventually.
And why wouldn’t He? 'Cause just as earthly fathers are touched and respond, more so He,
Which gives us more reason to be hopeful than not so — so pray on, expectantly!

And should you receive the result you’re wanting, don’t be surprised, 'cause didn’t you expect?
Yes, so rejoice and give God the glory, 'cause His love, way and timing is perfect.
Thus He'd hardly say “No” except where “Yes” wouldn’t be for the better, 'cause He knows best,
But whether He says “Yes” or “No,” either show He’s working in your best interest.

By Lance Landall

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him,
who have
been called according to His purpose"  (Rom 8:28, NIV).

This poem was tweaked on 20 February 2021.

11.  Don't Neglect Each Other

Have you any idea just how much it means when a member who's anxious gets a visit or a phone call,
Or when they're feeling unwell, lonely, discouraged, depressed, hurt or afraid
—  when their back’s against the wall
And when God seems far away, their prayer unanswered, despite Him being there, and that all prayers are heard,
Which sometimes doesn’t register midst the fog of some emotions, and more so, when there’s no call or word.

Well, that visit or phone call makes all the difference in the world, and yet, far too oft doesn’t take place,
Leaving the needy one still in need, and their plight oft compounded, which leaves streaks upon our Saviour’s face.
Oh, how oft those tears fall, given the way that His children are neglected, and this, when they shouldn’t be,
'Cause Christians have been instructed to look out for their fellow brethren, and more so, those who are needy.

Hence why we shouldn’t wait 'till someone shouts, but rather, should go seeking, willingly and attentively,
Thus putting our brother or sister’s best interests before our own, somewhat like a missionary. 
One who's died to self, one who’s full of loving concern like Jesus, who, even notices sparrows fall,
A Saviour who goes seeking, himself,
and who oft provides an answer to prayers before we even call.

That visit or phone call means so much, and there are many who're in need of such, and even urgently,
Given that some have almost lost heart, brethren whom Jesus is carrying whilst waiting expectantly
For you or me to make that visit or call, thus showing the same love as that shown on Calvary,
'Cause those who don’t show the same love as Christ, are hardly worthy of Heaven, and thus Heaven will not see.

By Lance Landall

This poem was upgraded 8 February 2020.

12.  Love One Another

My dear brothers and sisters: I, John, thought it needful to remind you all to love one another deeply,
Thereby acting as Christ would and does, displaying no favouritism, thus loving open-heartedly,
And this, despite any differences that may surface between you and a fellow sister or brother,
And this, because God who first loved us, and after His example, instructed us to love one another.

Such being the second greatest commandment, the first being to love God himself, and with all our heart, soul and mind,
And, I must also convey, on these two commandments hang the entire ten, each one to be kept by mankind;
And the reason why is, because they’re the standard of Christian conduct, each one showing us how to behave,
Hence why we need to take them very seriously, lest we personally find no life beyond the grave.

And why do I say that?

Well, just in the same way as God won’t forgive us if we do not forgive our sister or brother,
Why on earth would He grant eternity to any who refuse to love their fellow sister or brother?
And the Scriptures make it clear that He won’t, and who would argue with that, for it’s surely just plain common sense,
And why those who don’t love as God has instructed, won’t be able to use any excuse in their defence.

Yes, God is no fool, and He well aware of what’s in our heart and mind — where no secret can be kept from Him —
And why we should tread with care when it comes to others, minding all we think, say and do, lest we anger Him.
As we do unto others, we’re cautioned, so we do unto Him, for all are His children, and He loves each one,
Which is why He hates seeing them mistreated, and why those who continue to injure so, Christ will soon shun.

And hence why we’re to treat others in the same way as we’d like them to treat us, we acting tolerantly,
Never holding grudges, never repaying evil for evil, nor instigating any ill, foolishly.
And, let me add, minding that we don’t neglect others, such being a sin of omission, and just as wrongful,
For so many suffer terribly due to neglect — and within Christendom, such even more lamentable.

After all, don’t we know better? Isn’t this why we are Christians? We having chosen a far better way,
And therefore are putting others before ourselves, looking to their best interests, and lest God we dismay.
Yes, He who via His Word has told us to be loving, compassionate, kind, patient, selfless and charitable,
And therefore, more attuned to those who’re hurting, grieving, weakened, needy, lonely, fearful and vulnerable.

Oh yes, for that’s Christ-like-ness, and the truest test of our fitness for Heaven, for by their fruits you’ll know them,
And why come our Lord’s return, and those who haven’t acted like He, He’ll have no choice but to such folk condemn,
And by that I mean, reluctantly condemn to death, for unless they’ve repented, and have a Christ-like heart,
They’ll simply infect Heaven with the same selfishness that Lucifer displayed, and a new rebellion start.

Yours in Christ, Apostle John

By Lance Landall

The following texts relate to the various points made in this poem.

“Do we then overthrow [make void] the law by this faith? By no means!
On the contrary, we uphold the law” (Rom 3:31, ESV).

“For whoever keeps the whole law [the entire Ten Commandments] but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it
. For He who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.” If you do not commit adultery but do murder,
you have become a transgressor of the law. So speak and so act as those who are to be judged under the law
of liberty [the Ten Commandments]” (James 2:10-12, ESV).

“ ‘Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the law?’ Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with
all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘ Love your neighbor
as yourself.’ All the law [the entire ten] and prophets hang [depend] on these two commandments’ ” (Matt 22:36-40, ESV).

"If you want to enter into life, keep the commandments' " (Matt 19:17, NKJV).

“For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a
fearful expectation of judgmen...” (Heb 10:26,27, ESV).

“ ‘Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven’ ”
(Matt 7:21, NKJV).

“Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy name? and in Thy name cast out devils? and in Thy
name done many wonderful works?’ And then will I profess unto them, ‘I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity’ ”
(Matt 7:22,23, KJV).

" 'Thus you will recognize them by their fruits' " (Matt 7:20, ESV).

“If anyone says, “I love God,” yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love His brother, whom he has seen, cannot
love God, whom he has not seen. And He has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother"
(1 John 4:20,21, NIV).

“The children of God and the children of the devil are revealed in this way: all who do not do what is right are not from God, nor are
those who do not love their brothers and sisters” (1 John 3:10).

“But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses” (Mark 11:26, KJV).

“For God will bring every act into judgment, everything which is hidden [even in his thoughts God requires man to be obedient
(2 Cor 10:5; Matt 5:28)], whether it is good or evil” (Eccl 12:14, NASB).

“ ‘And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren,
you did it to me.’ ‘Then He will say to those on the left hand ,‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the
devil and his angels’ ” (Matt 25:40,41, NKJV).

“Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind [true humility] let each esteem others better
than himself” (Phil 2:3, NKJV).

“Let no one seek his own, but each one the other’s well-being” (1 Cor 10:24, NKJV).

“Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins” (1 Peter 4:8, NASB).

“ ‘In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets’ ”
(Matt 7:12, NASB).

“If a brother or sister is ill-clad and in lack of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace; be warmed and filled,” without giving
them the things needed for the body, what does it profit?” (James 2:15,16, RSV).

“We who are strong [spiritually strong, able] ought to bear with the failings of the weak [weakness of faith], and not to please ourselves”
(Rom 15:1, NIV).

“Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable
or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things,
endures all things” (1 Cor 13:4-7, RSV).

“Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; not
returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling...” (1 Peter 3:8,9, NKJV).

“Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you,
live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge;
I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing
this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” (Rom 12:17-21, NIV).

13.  Some Of The Nicest Folk Aren't Christians

And I’ll tell you why:

Christianity is an ideal cover for many folk who’ve ill intent,
Those who have some far from godly agenda and who Heaven has hardly sent.
And thus this being one burden that Christianity has always had to bear,
And not just Christianity, for conmen are known to pop up anywhere.

And this being why the Christian Bible warns of false Christs, prophets and teachers, and,
Says to put them to the test, check them out — wisdom and that Bible close at hand.
For charlatans are successful because of their ability to deceive,
Folk not guessing they’re actually fraudsters, and whistle blowers oft disbelieve,

Who’ve seen through the sham, spotted the heresy, that which in time gives cause to grieve.

Then there’re those Christians who’ve acknowledged God and His Word intellectually,
But that's about it, and why many are rather Pharisaical, sadly.
In other words, they’re hardly in a relationship with God, if you catch my drift,
Only their head having been reached, not their heart, though I pray that there’ll be a shift.

Another truth is that Christians are human too, casualties of same ill winds,
Many with issues up to their neck, for life oft bruises, stabs, cuts, scars and skins.
Hence why they can lose it at times, act poorly and succumb to temptations too,
For they’re hardly made perfect at their conversion, it their direction that’s new.

And this being why churches will always be full of imperfections, erring souls,
Many of them good, upstanding folk who simply fall short of their godly goals.
And yes, there’ll always be outright hypocrites, but such folk we’ll find everywhere,
For the world’s no better, and reasons for sitting up and taking notice near,

In fact, already here.


Some of the nicest folk aren’t Christians, but how many baddies aren’t Christians too?
And this why expectations should sometimes be modified and fairness shown too.
It’s one thing to change direction, another to be a perfect example,
Though such not meant to hand anyone an excuse, for there’s no excuse for ill.

And all this why the Christian Bible tells Christians to keep their eyes on their Lord,
And not on other folk, because humans always disappoint, hurt and defraud.
And that, my friend, is the sad reality of this world that we’re living in,
And why its so that there’re folk out there who’re far more Christian than many a Christian,

Sad to say.

Yes, the Christian Church doesn’t have the monopoly on pride, ego trips and
personal agendas (even folk one can’t stand),
For wherever there’s the human element there will always be offenders.
And though such shouldn’t really be found within Christianity, it’s clear it will be,
And hence why onlookers oft throw the baby out with the bathwater, sadly.

By Lance Landall

I would recommend that you visit my page I Saw Beyond It All which I wrote with both Christians and non-Christians in mind. It can be found in a purple box on my Home page that's titled: With God In Mind.

14.  Why Of Our God They Don't Enquire

Many of us bring shame on God and His cause by our fears, tears and complaining,
For where is that peace, hope and trust that is found in Him to which and whom we cling?
Where’s that witness that testifies of the Spirit’s indwelling and empowering,
And that draws and points the non-believer to that God of whom we speak and sing?


Is that you and I of whom I speak? — though having taken the name of Christian,
And we wonder why great things don’t happen — yes, so little trust and faith within.
Oh, the sadness of it, the feebleness of it, even the hypocrisy,
For there’s nothing God can’t do, we preach, thus fear and doubt making us look silly.

And hence why non-believers chuckle, even scoff, for there’s little to admire,
We groaning, quivering and buckling, and why of our God they don’t enquire.
Yes, we bearing our cross as if it’s a chore rather than a privilege, and,
So oft showing in our trials and woes that our hand’s not firmly in His hand.

You see, handling things well under fire is where it’s at, such testing us too,
Proving the depth of our relationship, whether we’re cads or faithful and true.
’Cause any of us can shout of Christ and sing His praises when all’s going well,
But it quite another matter when we’re faced with disappointment and some ill.

All why Christ must be our everything, nothing coming between Him and us,
Yes, nothing as highly valued, nothing that we can’t leave behind for Jesus;
A career, a home, and even a spouse, for nothing must stand in the way,
’Cause look at Adam, who, partook of what Eve shouldn’t have, and “No” didn’t say,

And since, all have gone astray.

No, we can’t afford to look back like Lot’s wife, let anything on Earth hold sway,
But rather, give our all to Christ, accepting and living with whatever comes our way.
Not in our strength though, but in His, that He in us may be seen, given glory,
For there’s no more powerful witness; those past martyrs bearing testimony.

So let us seek that “peace that passeth all understanding,” same faith and trust too,
Not seeking some way out, clinging to this or that, even him or her, like glue.
’Cause nothing must matter more than Jesus, and those eternal realities,
For therein lies true happiness, but first that path that knows not pleasure or ease,

And that come-what-may witness that the stubborn hearts of non-believers will seize.

By Lance Landall

15.  Anger's Place

There’re those who consider all anger to be a sin, but given anger’s not foreign to God, we
Must surely question such, and I do, submitting righteous anger, going by what I see biblically.
You see, righteous anger — indignation — is directed solely at the evil itself, the wrong done
That act that dishonours God, that act that injures an innocent one, 'cause of such acts, there shouldn’t be one.

So what might such acts be? Well, starting with God

(He being our first port of call): Those wrongful attacks on His Word-cum-incremental chipping away,
Oft courtesy of Christians themselves, who should know better, but who with the Word of God can’t help but play.
They twisting Scripture in order to woo and convince others of what they shouldn’t, and what oft appeals,
Given that nowadays the Church is full of itchy ears, beat and claps, rather than prayerful quiet that heals.

Another example?

Despite all the talk about love, there’re still those within the Church who’re neglected and mistreated, sadly,
Many badly struggling, hurting, even angry
yes, angry enough to strike back injuriously.
Such being a risk that we should not invite, but one that we too oft do invite, unfortunately,
Hence their anger, which though justified, is oft directed at the wrongdoer, not the wrong, as should be,

 Thus, they sinning too, sadly.

Acts that dishonour God, or that injure the innocent, are cause for righteous anger — indignation —
We rightly condemning such, but not taking it out on those at fault, despite the association.
Thus we not sinning in our anger, which, though easier said than done, is how God intended it be,
'Cause Christians who feel no anger at such, hardly know God, whose cup of wrath will be delivered shortly.

And dare such fall upon us, hence why revenge should not be an option we take, nor holding grudges too,
Or striking back at others angrily, 'cause such is most un-Christ-like, and thus what we’re told not to do.
But as I said, easier said than done when struggling or hurting too, hence why tolerant all should be,
Whilst busy doing all we can to ease those burdens of others-cum-taking care of humanity.

By Lance Landall

This poem was upgraded 8 February 2020.

"Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger" (Eph 4:26, ESV).

"But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, 'Racca!' shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, 'You fool! shall be in danger of hell fire" (Matt 5:22, NKJV).

16.  Why Aren't You Angry?

When I see the wrongs within the Church, I can understand Moses breaking the tablets of stone,
His response having everything to do with righteous anger, not uncontrolled testosterone.
An anger akin to Christ’s when He threw the moneychangers out of the temple, and rightly,
Yet what do we see today? Modern moneychangers, modern golden calves, unbelievably.

Yes, I can understand how Moses felt, and Christ, so why aren’t most Christians feeling the same way?
The Church awash with every conceivable abomination — Christians having gone astray.
What once was dedicated solely to our jealous God has been steadily stripped of meaning,
The devil having got a hold of so many Christian churches, and he, busy spring-cleaning.

And in place of what He’s thrown out, that which suits itchy ears, fallen tastes, worldly hearts and seared minds,
Hence why within the Church today, that same rebellious evidence as was seen before, one finds.
Thus had Christ come to Earth today — not prior — in order to minister and die on Calvary,
That same righteous anger would see many Christians being chased out of many a sanctuary.

Oh, how history’s repeating itself, the holy and unholy side by side, blasphemously,
An evil cloud engulfing Christendom, and thus anything going down-cum-apostasy.
And those responsible thinking they’re enlightened when they’ve actually been duped, and cant see
That rather than pleasing Christ, they’re filling up His cup of wrath that'll be delivered shortly.

By Lance Landall

“Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy name? and in Thy name cast out devils? and in Thy name done many wonderful works?’ And then will I profess unto them, ‘I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity’ ” (Matt 7:22,23, KJV).

"Then I heard another voice from heaven say: "Come out of her [Babylon], my people, so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues" (Rev 18:4, NIV).

17.  Where Busy Turns Sinful

Many Christians are very busy (even doing good), hence why one oft hears, “I’m sorry, but I forgot,”
Or, “I’m sorry, but I didn’t have time,” or, “I’m sorry I didn’t get back to you,” and then off they trot.
Yes, busy, busy, far too busy, and hence those broken promises, those excuses that amount to sin,
Or those thoughtless, careless, forgetful ways (that aside from being un-Christ-like), get under someone’s skin.

No matter how busy we are, and as understandable as such may be, it's still unacceptable,
We letting others down when we could’ve avoided such, which inevitably upsets, oft leads to ill.
Yes, we too caught up, far too busy, our priorities possibly askew,
a state that won't please our Lord,
'Cause going by His Holy Word, such behaviour's not the kind of behaviour that He's seeking to reward.

Such behaviour's oft seen as being of a small nature, ignoring that if not faithful in little things,
The God of order, who keeps all His promises, won’t trust us with bigger and more responsible things.
Men might, and grant us such, but not God, 'cause it’s those little things that show that within us there’s a flaw,
One that could prove injurious or fatal to some cause, or distrust and some assumptions from others draw.

And God can’t afford that, and nor can we, not if we want to be true witnesses, which all should want to be,
'Cause such is what the Christian walk is all about, keeping our word, acting in ways that show integrity.
Hence why we should keep contact, give people time frames, and if we’re genuinely too busy, should say so,
Rather than say we will and not, or have them chasing us due to silence and time, from which upset can grow.

Yes, justified annoyance.

By Lance Landall

This poem was upgraded 15 February 2020.

18.  What On Earth Is Wrong With Us?


When will we learn to stop behaving like children, resigning from this or that,
We even pointlessly church hopping because of some disagreement-cum-spat?
So please remember this: We go to church for Christ’s sake! — take on some office too —
For Christ is the head of the Church despite members acting like chimps at the zoo.

All must realise that those within will have their hang ups, for sense clearly tells us
That no one who gets baptised will instantly become like the flawless Jesus.
So problems will simply continue given that we’re fallen humanity,
And sin not magically whisked away from those within Christianity.


It can take years for folk to get past their issues, hence why we’re told to bare long,
Such building spiritual muscles — otherwise, how on earth do we get strong?
And this why we must learn to put up with things no matter how irritating,
No matter how discouraging they be, and not “somebody did me wrong” sing.

“Take up your cross,” Christ said, adversaries both within and without — yes, errant souls —
We to turn the other cheek; and regarding our enemies, Paul mentions coals.
So running off elsewhere or resigning from some role isn’t the way to go,
And if you think that it’s Jesus who told you so — well, far better you should know.

Though the world is in serious trouble and monumental issues face us,
We’re still getting hung up on the petty rather than focussing on Jesus.
Yes, so and so won’t speak to me, just ignored me, or never invited me,
And so it goes on and on ad nauseam, we thinking of us and not He.

So please go to church for Christ’s sake, and don’t childishly resign from this or that,
Unless there’s a reason that Heaven would condone, and thus you no copycat.
For there’s enough folk spinning this tired old merry-go-round that dismays our Lord,
Who wants us to hang in there, to persevere — and this, with or without reward.

If you’re right and they’re wrong, you’ve more reason to stay, as the Church needs folk like you,
Your resigning or running off leaving it to those who’re sinful or askew.
And this bringing you under condemnation, for your duty’s to God and not man,
And thus your beef immaterial, and discontent how evil first began.

By Lance Landall

19.  Stand Firm And Remain

They resign from their office, and some folk even stay away from church as well,
And this, all because of some gripe they have, or because of some considered ill.
And midst it all, seemingly ignoring what Christ wants despite any upset,
For attending church and taking part, we’re to do for His sake, let’s not forget.

Yes, it’s His church, but if we don’t learn to handle the rough seas that come our way,
How will we handle any storm ahead? — our sails down or out, and we astray.
All being good reason why we should hang in there, and lest His church suffer more so,
Which it certainly does when those who’re meant to stay decide that they want to go.

Or perhaps they do stay, but resign from some office that Christ wants them to hold,
Such being the way of many who midst opposition to right, suddenly fold.
Well, I guess there could be any number of reasons why folk resign or go,
Rather than standing firm and remaining so spiritual muscles can grow,

But how many reasons are legitimate though?

The one thing that Christians must expect from within is trouble, for one thing’s clear:
Satan achieves more from working within than without, and why he’s oft found there.
And hence those termites who do more harm than woodpeckers, and why one should remain,
And midst holding an office or not, deal with things, not run away from some pain.

By Lance Landall

20.  Provoking God's Wrath

Lay a hand on any child of God’s — all of us His — and anger Him you will,
That kickback coming sooner or later; karma, judgment or both visiting ill.
And fair enough too, for wrong is wrong, and injuring others an evil thing,
And hence why we can expect the worst unless we fall contrite before our King.

However, as I mentioned, and though God forgives, what goes around comes around,
And why hurting others ends up hurting us come some ricochet or rebound.
And to be honest, such deserved, we surely having known better, and more so
As a Christian, for when it comes to injuring, Christ has loudly hollered “No!”

All with good reason, because no one should think to harm others, their fellowman,
And hence why God’s wrath is harder on those who wrongly state that He’s said they can,
For such is not only a lie, but wrongly paints this God of love who died to save,
And who only those whose heart is just like His will resurrect from the grave.

Yes, for though He’s a God who shows amazing grace, He’s a God of justice too,
And He knowing how you would feel if someone hurt a child deeply loved by you.
And oh, how hot you’d feel, but no, “For vengeance is Mine, I will repay, says the Lord,”
Who soon will not only descend, but wield His rightful and necessary sword.

By Lance Landall

“ ‘Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God; for it is written,
"Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord’ ” (Rom 12:19, RSV).

“ ‘And the King [Christ] will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of
these my brethren, you did it to me.’ ‘Then He will say to those on the left hand ,‘Depart from me, you cursed, into
the everlasting fire [meaning total annihilation] prepared for the devil and his angels’ ” (Matt 25:40,41, NKJV).

This poem was tweaked on 25 August 2018.

21.  Don't!

Christ doesn’t hate or mistreat us even when we are acting very badly,
So why aren’t you emulating Him? — come on, look at the way you’re treating me.
And you say that you’re a Christian, a follower of He who loves everyone,
And why I’m asking, for when you mistreat me, (or I you), it upsets the Son.

After all, I’m His dear child whom He loves and doesn’t want treated unkindly,
So doesn’t that bother, pull you up, have you dropping to your knees contritely,
And have you asking me for forgiveness? — as I must you, if I’ve mistreated you,
And why I’m concerned lest you think that God’s grace means that such we don’t have to do;

For should you think so, you’d certainly have that one wrong, hardly know your God’s Word,
And thus be walking ignorantly, for surely that wrong way isn’t preferred.
After all, Christian or not, what kind of person happily mistreats others?
And thus as far as Christians go, a shining light-cum-godly witness smothers.

So don’t!

By Lance Landall

“ ‘And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these my
brethren, you did it to me.’ ‘Then He will say to those on the left hand ,‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the everlasting
fire prepared for the devil and his angels’ ” (Matt 25:40,41, NKJV).

22.  Treat Every Person Well

Oh, how we so want God to treat us well (and He does), but how well do we treat others we know,
Especially those who hold different views, or whom we dislike? Well, it’s simply bound to show.
For either we treat them as Christ treats us, and as He commands, or we don’t, or half-heartedly,
The latter two revealing our true condition, and how sad, given what Christ did on Calvary.

Yes, He dying because of our fallen wretchedness, so who are we to act so selectively?
For we’re no better than anyone else, and thus have no reason to treat folk differently.
In other words, all should receive from us that same response that Christ displays to us, for such, friend,
Determines our future more than anything else, for un-Christ-like behaviour He can’t defend.

And nor should He, for love is what He is all about, and the same love among us wants to see,
Such being the hallmark of His true followers, they thus kind, thoughtful and fair to everybody.
And why He’s carefully observing, for what parent likes their children abused by anyone?
And why we should remember that all — both Christian and non-Christian — belong to the Father’s Son.

Sure some folk don’t make such easy, their attitude and ways like sandpaper, but Christ died for all,
And hence His displeasure at anyone’s mistreatment, such wrongfulness the product of the Fall.
And why He’s calling us all back to the pre-Fall condition, away from that which His life cost,
Lest via our un-Christ-like behaviour, we soon discover that we, and not someone else, are lost.

By Lance Landall

23.  Don't Worry Little Boy

Don’t worry little boy, or little girl, because the time’s very, very near
When Jesus, who loves you dearly, and who knows what is going on, will appear.
And He will deal with those whose savage deeds still remain hidden, though not for long,
Because God is a God of justice, who, once and for all, will end such vile wrong.

Yes, He knows the trauma, the hurt and pain, the fear that’s caused your silence, and why
He longs to take you in His loving arms having seen the tears and heard your cry.
And though your suffering seems an eternity, it will soon seem very short,
Because when He appears to reclaim His own, you’ll find eternity He’s brought,

If faithful and true, like Scripture's taught.

So don’t worry little boy, or little girl (perhaps a man or woman now,
Who longs for justice and healing), because soon you’ll experience both, and how!
Christ punching through those clouds of darkness, angels surrounding Him, and then that blast,
And everything will be behind you, it all well and truly in the past.

By Lance Landall

24.  One Thing's For Sure

One thing’s for sure: God will take no one to Heaven who has evil hidden in their heart, evil that they have done,
That is, evil they’ve not admitted to, repented of, nor sought to put right, and thus possibly lies have spun.
And be that wickedness murder, torture, rape, extortion, betrayal, or whatever, as justice must have its day,
For why should those who get away with evil enjoy eternity, hence the folly of them thinking they may.

The only hearts that will enter Heaven, will be those devoid of malice, jealousy, lust, pride, and cherished sin,
Those devoid of secrets that should be made known — such being, evil doings that wrongly remain hidden within.
Yes, those folk who’re prepared to pay the earthly price for their ill, given they should, and whose conscience is sharp and clear,
Unlike those who though they may well be sorry, still avoid the earthly price, and thus still have good reason for fear.

At the end of the day, its all about the heart and conscience, and so it should be, both sound and thus heavenly,
That is, both daily becoming more Christ-like, their contents and the will of God becoming more in harmony.
And as they do, selfishness and self-preservation giving way to that which benefits others and the Lord,
Such being how genuineness is proven, and why our heart and conscience determine our punishment or reward.

And God certainly knows what’s within our heart, for nothing can be hidden from Him, and its right that such can’t be,
For those who’ve evil hidden in their heart, and thus have a faulty conscience, should hardly receive eternity.
And they won’t, unless they admit to such, repent of such, and seek to right such wrong — as far as one’s able too,
For there’s no excuse for evil, no pardon for hidden evil, and no Heaven for any who such pursue.

By Lance Landall

“For God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing...”
(Eccl 12:14, NKJV).

"Accordingly, whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in the
inner rooms will be proclaimed upon the housetops" (Luke 12:3, NASB).

“ ‘Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the
will of My Father in heaven ’ ” (Matt 7:21, NKJV).

You might also like to read my similar poem, Heaven Yes, Or, Heaven No, which can be seen near
the top of my Christian poems, Christian section, POEM list page.

25.  You Won't Get Away With It

She said she’d been gang raped, but the police didn’t believe her — a travesty —
The consequent child adopted, the trauma leaving permanent misery.
She was young at the time, and as a result, never dating, nor marrying,
The experience and flashbacks absolutely ruining everything.

The rapers never confessing, nor were they held to account, though still out there,
But God knows the truth and their whereabouts, and why eternity they won’t share.
One of them might be truly sorry now, but repentance wouldn’t mean a thing,
Unless he owned up and paid the earthly price, from which God’s grace would duly spring.

Yes, God sees the shattered lives, the broken hearts, shredded dreams, caused by evil men,
So nothing wil remain hidden, nor go undealt with, to which lets say, “Amen!”
God’s grace not a cloak for hidden criminal acts, and hence those authorities,
Those God appointed agencies on Earth who’re in charge of rightful locks and keys.

By Lance Landall

"Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those
that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has
appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment" (Rom 13:1,2, ESV).

26.  Put Things Right

Picture this conversation, using your imagination:

“I’ve stolen something, Lord, will you forgive me?”  “Of course, son,
That is, if you’re truly sorry, and further stealing shun.”
“Yes, Lord. Thank you so much. Can I go now?”  “No, not yet, son.”
“Oh...and why is that, Lord?”  “Because there’s still something to be done.”

“But haven’t You forgiven me?”  “Yes, because you broke My law.
The problem is: You broke another law, one I can’t ignore.”
“Which law is that, Lord?”  “The civil law, the law of your land.
Only earthly judges deal with such. Do you understand?”

“Not quite, Lord.”  “Well, My law is a moral law, it’s Divine.
You’re living on earth, son. There, all those civil laws aren’t mine.
You answer to them too, and should. Besides, My Word says to.
Therefore, own up. And where required, take the punishment that’s due.

Think of what folk could get away with if they just came to Me,
At least in the now, on earth -- certainly not ultimately.
You see, they could ask My forgiveness and get away with it,
Which justice wise, and morally also, just doesn’t fit.

When you wrong someone, break any law, you must put things right.
You’re a Christian remember, you’re supposed to be a light.
You reflect Me. I’m no law-breaker. And nor should you be,
Regardless of whose law it is -- that is, where it doesn’t clash with Me.

And don’t forget the victim, not just the law you broke. Seek them,
And then put things right with them. Not doing so, I condemn.
You must give back what you took. It’s only fair, for it’s theirs,
And this you should do before pleading with Me via your prayers.”

“What if it’s too late, Lord?”  “Too Late?”  “Yes, if they’ve passed away”
“Well, if you’ve done all you can, you’ve done your best, and that’s okay.
But you must do all you can, as genuineness that’ll convey,
And you can rest assured that, 'You’re forgiven,' I will say.”

By Lance Landall

“But Zacchaus stood up and said to the Lord, ‘Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor,
and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.’ Jesus said to him,
‘Today salvation has come to this house...’ ”
(Luke 19:8,9, NIV).

“ ‘So when you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you,
leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer
your gift [Christ insists that men must make things right with their fellow men before they can be
reconciled to God (1 John 4:20)]’ ” (Matt 5:23,24).

“Then saith He unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God
the things that are God’s” (Matt 22:21, KJV).

27.  "Excuse Me?"

I’d like you to imagine the following conversation
Between a fellow Christian and God who rules creation.
Consider what’s portrayed here when you next kneel down to pray,
And ask yourself the question, “Could my prayer end up this way?”

Now, the conversation —

“Gracious Heavenly Father, I pray that You’ll forgive me,
Because during this day, Lord, I treated others wrongfully”.
“Excuse Me? Did you say…‘forgive me?’ ”  “Yes, Lord, isn’t that okay?”
“Yes, but haven’t you forgotten something?”  “Have I? It’s usually how I pray.”

“Have you asked their forgiveness?”  “You mean, those I was unkind to?”
“Yes.”  “Ahh…well...ahh...no, Father.”  “Yet you want Me to forgive you?”
“Well...ahh...yes, Father, that’s what I was hoping.”  “Excuse Me?”
“Isn’t that somewhat premature?”  “Premature?”  “Yes, don’t you see?

You’ve come asking My forgiveness, but you’ve wronged others too.
You should apologize to them first, and then My forgiveness pursue.
If you haven’t put things right with the ones you wronged today,
It’s somewhat premature to be proceeding My way.

I’m sure you’re sincere, and sincerity I like to see,
But it’s somewhat back to front to be first approaching Me.
Now, please don’t get Me wrong, as, ‘I’m sorry, Lord’, I like to hear,
But though I like your keenness, order does have its place here.

Of course I’ll forgive you if you’re sincere; and right away,
As long as I know you intend to, and will be, heading their way.
Just don’t forget the order that has its rightful part to play
When seeking My forgiveness for wrong done throughout the day.

Putting things right with others, and asking forgiveness of Me,
Should always go together where you’ve treated others wrongfully.
And where you can’t right a wrong that you perhaps gave rise to,
Rest assured I’ll forgive if you’ve done all that you can do.”

“Thank you, Father.”

By Lance Landall

“ ‘But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions’ ” (Matt 6:15, NASB).

“ ‘Therefore, if you are presenting your offering at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you,
leave your offering there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your offering’ ”
(Matt 5:23,24, NASB).

Christ insists that men must make things right with their fellow men before they can be reconciled to God (1 John 4:20).

28.  Double Dipped

You upset someone by doing something they’d a right to feel annoyed about,
And to rebuke you for, but instead of apologising, you sulk and pout,
And even stay away from them, childishly unable to handle such,
As if they’re the erring one, and at self justification you’re seen to clutch.

But how can you? ’Cause you were in the wrong, and never said “Sorry,” sad to say,
They left feeling bad too, thanks to you, yet you expecting them to come your way.
Yes, you wanting them to apologise, them to put things right, when right they were,
Your ill needing to be rebuked; that stumbling block of yours how they too might err.

But err they hadn’t, though perhaps protesting a tad too loudly, as we do,
Sometimes caught by surprise at the audacity of others who better knew;
Some being repeat offenders who were told before, hence how they upset more,
Yet nursing their supposed grievance, when that other person had more right to feel sore.

Oh, the unfairness and ill of leaving the offended one feeling bad, who
Understandably, and under the circumstances, spoke very stern to you.
Such being your chance to grow or not, your response having a great deal to say,
And why here, given you've acted like this, it’s you who should be heading their way.

Should they head your way, such lets you off the hook, plays into your thinking, sadly,
Given that it wasn’t them at fault, but you — yes, you having acted badly.
Such calling for more understanding on your part, but no, you’ve double dipped here,
Harbouring thoughts and feelings you’ve little right to — and Heaven wise, shouldn’t dare.

By Lance Landall

29.  A Question Or Two

Do you laugh too, Father, given all those antics that little kittens get up to?
They rushing out at someone’s slippers or playing with the laces on someone’s shoe.
And what about those chimps, Father? Their antics being the cause of even greater mirth.
Or is it simply we who fall about laughing, and thus such more to do with Earth?

And what about those silly things that we do, Father? They no doubt just as crazy,
Hence why we even laugh at ourselves sometimes, and shake our head incredulously.
And this why I like to think that You have a sense of humour too, ’cause look at us,
Our dignity kind of left behind. So what is and isn’t to do with man’s fall? —

Lest we not act like Jesus.

And didn’t Solomon say that a merry heart doeth good like a medicine?
Though I wonder what he meant by merry? Earth’s merriment being more tied to sin.
And thus we too quick to laugh, perhaps, our sense of humour not as refined as Yours,
And this why next time we've some reason to laugh, Father, I guess we should stop and pause.

By Lance Landall

30.  Mind That Joke

Do you have a good sense of humour, do you love a bit of fun,
Do you like really funny stories, a joke, a quip, or a pun?
What has you laughing very quickly, or has you such repeating,
And is it only selected things, or any amusing thing?

Those things that have us laughing can reveal something unsound inside,
And I mean, that within our heart or mind, distorted tastes reside.
'Cause we should not delight in what’s racist, sexist, ghoulish or crude,
Nor in what is irreligious, thoughtless, unkind, or just plain rude.

It’s never right to laugh at others who’ve some disability,
Nor right to use someone’s mishap, even loss, as a source of glee.
And neither should we be mocking anyone’s nationality,
Nor their senility, their difference, or gullibility.

And neither should we use animals in a cruel or thoughtless way
To create a burst of laughter, and thereby, callousness display.
Neither animals nor humans should be used in such wrongful ways,
And why what some folk choose to laugh at, they should really reappraise.

Most of us love a bit of fun, and there is nothing wrong with fun,
But we need to be very careful regarding what’s said and done.
Many jokes are simply not worthy of seeing the light of day,
Like the bawdy, the macabre or perverse, that seem to come one’s way.

Yes, we all need a sense of humour, for such helps to see us through
Those hard times and those sad times, or when skies aren’t always cheery blue.
But hey, never should one’s humour sink to those levels that degrade,
And which verbally or visually another’s mind invade.

Therefore, let’s show respect for others, and the things that they hold dear,
Remembering how we would feel if the brunt of a joke or sneer.
And let us also remember that our fun will clearly display
Just what’s within our heart or mind, so let's mind what we do and say.

By Lance Landall

This poem also appears in my secular section. I simply thought it best placed here too.

31.  White Lies And Pranks

“Say, how did you get that dent?”  “Dent?  What dent?”  “That one on your car door.”
“Seriously?”  “Yes, take a look.”  “Oh, dear, it wasn’t there before.”
“Hey, there’s no dent there at all.”  “Isn’t there? I must be kidding then.”
“I might have guessed! You had me quite worried. Please don’t do that again.”

Oh dear...

Yes, the practical joker — it’s just harmless fun, or so they think,
Hence why they string you along, laugh it off, and then give you that wink.
But the truth is though, that it isn’t fun — in fact, it’s rather cruel,
And it can leave folk feeling annoyed, perhaps feeling like a fool.

And what is more, they actually just lied — a little white lie,
Or at least that is what they label such — I really don’t know why,
For after all, a lie is a lie, no matter how big or small,
Thus, as far as one being a white lie goes — that, no lie we can call.

It’s funny how we twist things in order to make them seem okay,
And sadly, it's something that we often do, though not a rightful way.
No, for such is simply acting falsely, and only trouble brings,
Yet, foolishly and wrongly, we still do and say such unwise things.

Yes, it’s not always what we say, for it is also what we do;
All those pranks that we play on people, those things that we put them through.
Sure we find it really funny when they are fooled by what we do,
But it’s seldom quite so funny when those same pranks come our way too.

“Look out!  Mind that car!” they joke, thus giving their friend a nasty fright,
Who, at the sound of their shout, quickly reacts, and maybe takes flight.
Could their friend in their fear and haste trip and fall, badly hurt their head,
Leaving the jokester horrified, should their friend be lying there dead?

Well, that’s what can actually happen, when with others we play,
Via those foolish and wrongful things that we should never do or say.
But we need to remember as well, that a lie is still a lie,
No matter how big or small — and as for white, such I wouldn’t buy.

By Lance Landall

This poem also appears in my secular section. I simply thought it best placed here too.

32.  That's The Difference Between God And Us

We enjoy seeing villains get their comeuppance, but God doesn’t — no, not He —
And that’s the difference between Him and us — yes, a big difference, sadly.
One that He wishes wasn’t so, for someone’s comeuppance shouldn’t fill with glee,
Just as Christ doesn’t enjoy seeing us reap what we sow, though deservedly.

It’s great to see good triumph over evil, but that’s as far as it should go,
We not relishing someone’s punishment, for how much mercy did Jesus show?
And here we all are still wilfully sinning, hardly deserving of God’s grace,
Yet enjoying seeing wrongdoers pay, getting excited over some chase.

And hence why it’s true that though God hates sin, He loves the sinner-cum-you and I,
He well knowing how powerless and doomed we are without His help from on high.
And why His anger’s directed at the sin, not the sinner, unlike our own,
Which sees us clamouring for some villains demise, when dare we cast the first stone.

And yes, that’s the difference between God and us, His love deeper, pure and true,
It not fallen like our flawed love, and why our hearts and minds He wants to renew.
For then, over the destruction of the wicked-cum-some villains fate, we’ll weep too,
Rather than shout, “Serves them right!” — justice reluctantly doing what it has to.

Jesus doesn’t like to see anyone suffer, even if they deserve to,
For all are His creation — every single one — despite what they say and do.
Such being why He died on Calvary, and cried out, “Forgive them, Father,” when they
Committed the greatest sin of all — and how many nails did we whack today?

Yes, that’s the difference between God and us.

By Lance Landall

33.  A Mega Grace, Mega Love, And Mega God

Grace, precious grace, often lost sight of in a tit-for-tat, revengeful world, where
Fewer are merciful and forgiving, or long with others are seen to bear.
Yes, it’s a very sad situation, a very messy situation,
Where grace seldom figures, but more some seething, grudge holding accusation.

And so, the story of Calvary where grace shone in bright lights, gathering dust,
And thus in many lives that key to eternal joy just reddening with rust.
And yet, if anyone had a right to brood, seek revenge, not forgive, it was He,
That innocent, loving Saviour nailed to a cross midst howling brutality.

Oh, what mega grace He showed, and given His majesty and authority,
His ability to wipe us off the map, this sad, fallen humanity.
We really having little comprehension of it, thus Calvary a must,
That we might see mercy in its fullness, leave hard feelings behind in the dust.

Yes, too many nurse their wounds, but not Christ, hence why we sing of “amazing grace,”
His forgiving arms extended to all, and no condemnation on His face.
All how it should be with us, we reflecting Him, showing same mercy and grace,
And bearing in mind that if it hadn’t been for Him, there’d be no human race.

I mean, think about it, that puniness of many grievances when compared,
Not that we should ever cling to any, but hey, the hopelessness we’re been spared.
We clearly undeserving, more worthy of the maximum, the death penalty,
Yet spared to live, and for eternity — wow, that’s what I call awesome mercy.

Oh yes, grace, precious grace, love abounding, the story of stories, “Hail Jesus,”
The One who’s deserving of glory and honour, the One who died to save us.
A grace like no other, an astonishing grace, and personal sacrifice,
Christ himself putting His life on the line — oh, what a terrible, shocking price.

But rise He did, oh happy day, and so, “I once was lost, but now I’m found,” and
Have Him to thank, and indeed I do, ’cause righteous before His Father I stand.
Not because of anything on my part, but that gracious robe that covers me,
A divine one, one truly woven with sacrifice and generosity.

Mega grace!

Ours can’t compete with that, but grace and mercy we should extend, and from the heart,
’Cause those who don’t, or grudgingly, will soon hear that terrifying word “Depart.”
Thus that love that Christ showed, we must, flawed as it be compared to the heavenly,
We aware of our own failings, and how to us, God’s acted so graciously.

Oh yes, grace, precious grace, but here, a mega grace, it the grace of God above,
Who, despite everything thrown at Him, kept His dignity, showed great love.
A love (that like His grace), outshines any shown on Earth, except when He was here,
Yes, mega grace, mega love, ’cause He’s a mega God, which the Heaven’s declare.

And as I said, a God who doesn’t hold grudges like fallen humanity,
Because such only poison the bearer, thus acting like a double whammy.
All why grudges, and not forgiving, aren’t the way of Christ, whose followers we are,
And why our sights shouldn’t be on wrongs, but on the coming of the Brightest Star.

By Lance Landall