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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.

Yes...

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

I was saddened to hear of your most unfortunate experience and departure from Christianity,
For such not only pains my heart, but far more so, the heart of He who suffered so dreadfully on Calvary.
Christ knew that your new found walk-cum-daily cross wouldn’t be easy, for Satan is not our only enemy,
But also those who are simply Christian in name, be they deluded, or hiding behind Christianity.

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

And sometimes we err terribly, still struggling with our old self, not to mention background, circumstances and trials,
And we, most regretful of our wrongdoings, and our succumbing to any of the devil’s beguiling spells —
 The latter being the devil’s temptations — all of which can or does impact on other folk, unfortunately,
And which also damages our Christian witness, or even worse, puts other folk right off Christianity.

But having said that though, the devil has also and always operated very cunningly from within,
For the best way to destroy something is from the inside out, and to use hypocrites to thwart the genuine.
Or if not hypocrites, those who have no place there at all, come agents of the devil who work destructively,
That is, within each congregation — both personally and officially — and within Christianity.

Hence why we must keep our eyes on Jesus alone, and never put our faith in others, or denominations,
For both people and organisations will always be flawed, and hence those common complaints and accusations.
After all, 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 and see, unfortunately.

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

You may consider those words a little harsh, Sandra, but your salvation’s no small matter, let alone that cost,
That being, all that suffering that Christ went through on your behalf in order to ensure that you wouldn’t be lost.
That is, if you remain faithful to Him, despite those things you experience and see within Christianity,
Coming from fellow Christians — who, by the way, given that Christ is also our judge — may not receive eternity.

Your concerned friend…

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).




3.  Regarding New Christians...

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

And dare we be the cause via neglect or thoughtlessness, an expectation that is far too high initially,
They exiting as quickly as they entered, another wound now, and they perhaps anti Christianity.
Or upset by platitudes — that too heavenly minded to be any earthly good thing — or hypocrisy;
That disappointment at finding what they’d hoped they had left behind, that lack of difference-cum-just as worldly.

The devil’s on the tail of us all, he and his cohorts acting like a pack of wolves, hungry, mean and angry,
They seeking easy prey — the newest, weakest and trouble besieged — and snapping at their tender heels viciously.
And as for those ones who’re besieged by troubles — well, that’s often thanks to the devil and his nasty comrades too,
Who have a habit of using other members to do their dirty work for them — a sure to work avenue.

Hence why the newcomer, weak Christian, or Christian besieged with troubles, needs to be surrounded with love and care,
They conscientiously watched over by the rest of the flock who’re more battle savvy and experience share.
For when the vulnerable and fragile are left alone, they’re so easily savaged by evil marauders,
And hence why so many fall by the way, thanks to external, internal, demonic or earthy saboteurs.

Yes, the Christian walk is far from easy — well, if one’s walking truly, that is — for Satan hates the committed,
And trials are necessary for building character-cum-inner strength, which is why such trials are permitted.
But whether folk are newcomers or seasoned Christians, they should receive due attention, such being Christianity,
And thus ordered by Christ, for those who don’t love and treat others like our Saviour does, don’t deserve eternity.

By Lance Landall




4.  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




5.  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




6.  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





7.  Burdened, Wounded, And Anxious

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

The upward path is oft strewn with trials of its own, which are harder to meet if one’s already bruised and weary,
And yes, many are burdened with such unfair weights before they even begin — weights that seem too large to carry.
And on the way, bearing their hampering load, they see so many others who are seemingly hurrying past,
And who, midst their spiritual busyness and personal pursuits, have neither stopped nor caring questions asked.

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

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

By Lance Landall




8.  The Saddest Thing

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

But no one should have to, for God has said otherwise, a command many aren’t taking too seriously,
They neglecting their Christian duty — doing nothing or too little — upsetting their Saviour terribly.
And meantime, they deludedly thinking they’re saved, they having failed the test, their fitness for Heaven lacking,
For Heaven isn’t for those who act indifferently, or perhaps selectively, Christ hardly their king.

When encouragement is needed, and folk are beset by gnawing distress say, others should always be there,
A roster ensuring support as long as it is needed, such ones surrounded by loving care and prayer.
For some things seem more than folk can bear, be such physical or emotional, and they, thus struggling badly,
Or simply battling the attacks of Satan that threaten to shipwreck their faith, they weakened by injury.

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

By Lance Landall



9.  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.
For 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),
For 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,
For 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,
For 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,
For though true, such folk have become a handy reply, that 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;
Yes, 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,
And 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,
For God has promised that He will answer, and answer He will, eventually.
And why wouldn’t He? For 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 — for didn’t you expect?
Yes, so rejoice and give God the glory, for His love, way, and timing is perfect.
He never says “No,” except where “Yes” wouldn’t be for the better, for 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).




10.  Don't Neglect Each Other

Have you any idea just how much it means when a member who is anxious gets a visit or a phone call,
Or when they're feeling unwell, lonely, discouraged, depressed, hurt or afraid
— in other words,  when their back’s against the wall,
And when God can seem far away, and their prayer unanswered? — despite Him always being there, and that all prayers are heard;
Something that sometimes doesn’t register midst the fog of certain 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 often such doesn’t take place,
Leaving the needy one still in need, and their plight oft compounded, which no doubt leaves streaks upon our Saviour’s face.
And oh, how often those tears must fall, given the way that His children are neglected, and this, when they shouldn’t be,
For Christians have been instructed to look out for their fellow brothers and sisters, and more so, those who’re needy.

Hence why we shouldn’t wait until someone cries out, but rather, should go seeking, willingly and attentively,
Thus putting our brother or sister’s best interests before our own, somewhat like a hometown missionary —
One who has died to self, one who’s full of loving concern like our Saviour, who, even notices sparrows fall,
A Saviour who goes seeking, Himself
and who often provides an answer to our prayer before we even call.

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

By Lance Landall




11.  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).





12.  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.

Yes,

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 pagee I Saw Beyond It All which I wrote with both Christians and non-Christians in mind. It can be found near the top of my poem list page.




13.  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?

Ops!

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




14.  Jesus Died For Black People Too

Yes, Jesus died for black people too — in fact, any colour that we may be,
Such not making the slightest difference to Him when dying on Calvary.
Jesus dying to save everyone, He the Saviour of humanity,
A God who desires that all be a part of His heavenly family.

We covered in His robe of righteousness; it the one colour, a saving hue,
A robe only woven in Heaven, its blood-red loom built just for me and you.
And that robe a gift, a labour of love, an amazing act of mercy too,
We all having fallen, and thus all the one colour, a lost and sinful hue.

But enter the unblemished Lamb, impartial love, and mercy beyond our ken,
We having acted so unlike Him, placed people in boxes, broken all ten.
And Calvary shaming our partiality, condemning that racial slight,
Because everyone of us is inestimably precious in His slight.

All why He wants our love to be like His, just as if we’d died on Calvary,
Accepting and forgiving all, and displaying that same amazing mercy.
Everyone the same colour in our eyes too, and object of our concern,
So that of that very same love and care of Jesus Christ they can see and learn.


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 himself, 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 that’s done,
Those acts that dishonour God, those acts that injure innocent people, for 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, clearly: Those wrongful attacks on His Word-cum-incremental chipping away,
So oft courtesy of Christians themselves, who should know better, but who with the Word of God can’t help but play.
They twisting the Scriptures 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 the prayerful quiet that heals.

Another example?

Despite all the talk about love, there’re still those folk within the Church who’re neglected and mistreated, sadly,
Many badly struggling-cum-hurting, even angry, they angry enough to strike back injuriously.
Such being a risk that we should never invite, but one that we too often do invite, unfortunately,
Hence their anger, which though justified, is oft more directed at the wrongdoer, and not the wrong, as should be...

 Thus, they sinning too, sadly.

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

And dare such fall upon us, hence why revenge should never be an option we take, nor holding grudges too,
Or simply striking back at others angrily, for such is most un-Christ-like, and what we’re told not to do.
But as I said, easier said than done when struggling or hurting, and thus why tolerant we all should be,
Whilst busy doing all we can to ease those burdens of others-cum-taking care of Earth and humanity.


By Lance Landall


"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

So many Christians are very busy, (even doing good), hence why one often 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 off they then quickly trot.
Yes, busy, 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, really get under someone’s skin.

No matter how busy we may be, and as understandable as such may be, it is still unacceptable,
That is, to let folk down when we could’ve avoided such, (which inevitably upsets, and oft leads to some ill).
Yes, too caught up in being far too busy, our priorities no doubt askew
a state that hardly pleases our Lord,
For going by His Holy Word, such behaviour is not the kind of behaviour that He is seeking to reward.

Such behaviour is too oft seen as being of a minor nature, ignoring that if not faithful in little things,
The God of order, who keeps all His promises to us, won’t trust us with more responsible and far bigger things.
Sure men might, even granting us such, but not God, for it’s those little things that show that within us there’s a sad flaw,
One that could prove injurious or fatal to some cause, or distrust and certain assumptions from other folk draw.

And God can’t afford that, and nor can we, not if we want to be truthful witnesses, which we all should want to be,
For such is what the Christian walk is all about — yes, keeping our word, acting in a way that shows integrity.
Hence why we should keep in contact, give folk time frames, produce the goods; or if we’re genuinely too busy, say so,
Rather than say we will and then not, or have folk chasing us due to silence and time, from which annoyance can grow.

Yes, justified annoyance.


By Lance Landall




18.  Now's Not The Time To Be Indulgent

God’s coming soon — very soon — so share your wealth if so blessed; though for some it’s not a blessing, tragically,
For it hampers their spiritual walk — as sandcastles can — for such are of man, not God, generally.
That is, not so much what God ordains, but what people build up as a matter of course, and too often greed;
Many too concerned with their security, rather than trusting in the Lord, unmindful of those who plead...

Be such their own family members who’re much worse off, or those folk who’re further afield, and also in need,
And who go unnoticed, or are wrongly ignored for some reason or other — and yes, even when they plead!
Yes, so many reasons for not giving, so many excuses for fattening their lot, perilously,
For God is watching, and hardly pleased, and that may be all that they are going to get — not eternity.

Oh, the amount they waste on selfish indulgence, unnecessary jaunts, opulent homes, expensive chattels,
While others are going without necessities, needed healthcare-cum-fighting financially strapped battles.
And yes, God is watching, able to see all the wealth that could ease such; oft bequeathed to those who’ve little need,
They being, family members who’re doing very well, and who add to their pile just as thoughtlessly-cum-greed.

Well, the time is coming when sandcastles of any description will be smashed to smithereens, though meantime
More economic disasters-cum-financial collapses will see those losses of the past burgeon and climb.
All of which is why our trust should be in God, not in others, nor in riches-cum-chattels or property,
And why every spare dollar we have should be going to help the needy, and secure souls for eternity.

By Lance Landall




19.  Get The Picture?

Given that our Saviour’s coming is very near, and that this planet, (as we know it), is fast coming to an end,
And given how many are suffering, one way or another, and that such pain one shouldn’t ignore or extend,
Why oh why are Christians misusing, coveting, hoarding, and even withholding money that is badly needed?
Something that the Bible strongly condemns, and admonishes otherwise, which obviously isn’t being heeded.

Well, at least not by the majority, who give far less than they should, far less than they could
  very short-sightedly,
And foolishly, for God is watching, and one day will respond accordingly to such lack of generosity.
For such must appal Him
and even stagger Him, no doubt — given the shortness of time, and the incredible need,
And yet, here folk are — ten for me and one for you — (or not even that) — displaying degrees of selfishness and greed.

Yes, not content with a humble home, but somehow justifying a grander one, (or extra one), or is it a car?
And then there’re those unnecessary interior do-ups, and over which, via glossy books, they coo, um and aah.
Or if not such, then certain chattels, dining out, expensive holidays abroad, expensive personal pursuits,
For rather than doing what's more in harmony with love, the Scriptures, and the times, they simply do whatever suits.

Yes, there’s nothing new under the sun, and hence all that frivolity in the sun, but very dark clouds are looming,
For there’re people desperately in need, millions starving and dying, whilst meantime and elsewhere, business is booming.
And God is not pleased, for He wants more of that wealth distributed, and far greater personal generosity,
Such being more like
one for me and ten for you. Get the picture? If you don’t, you’re on the wrong side of eternity.

Yes, let's go without our wants so that others can meet their needs.

By Lance Landall


"If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?" (1 John 3:17, NIV).

"If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in 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 good is that?" (James 2:15,16, ESV).




20.  So What Do You Say?

My dear Christian, you’ve every right to enjoy yourself and spend your money,
But Christ is coming soon, and both workers and dollars are needed urgently.
There’s little time left, and so many are in need of saving lest they be lost;
And given that precious time and money you’re consuming, what might be the cost?

Sure you deserve that trip, (or whatever it might be), but this is the End-times,
And to be frank, touring the world is dangerous now — and meantime, evil climbs.
So surely our going without certain things is the order of the day,
And besides, we’ve a paradise ahead of us, won’t really be missing out, ay.

Yes, we can often justify things, but why bother given what I have said,
Godly needs pressing, and far bigger assaults on Christianity ahead.
And whose sacrifice was greater? Yes, His who gave His life on Calvary, and
Who bids us emulate His selflessness that more folk on Heaven’s shore may land.

Yes, best we live more simply, frugally, going without for Christ’s sake, dear souls
Who currently are in darkness, and who via their wrongdoings, aid Satan’s goals.
And do we too? Much time and money going elsewhere while many badly stray,
They not having been rescued from Satan’s grip, they not hearing that warning, “Hey!”

So what do you say?

Because after all Christ went through, the more saved the better, and where we come in,
Saving outreach being the duty and privilege of every Christian.
We not just looking after ourselves, but giving Christ less cause for tears, reaching out,
That more and more and more may look forward to His triumphant returning shout.


By Lance Landall






The following poem also appears in my secular poems section.

21.  Grant Me Heaps!

Dear God up in Heaven, please make me wealthy — I mean, seriously wealthy,
And then keep it coming, though not for my sake, but for others, and urgently!
You see, there’s so much that I could do to ease the misery of so many,
And on whose behalf I sorely beg — yes, please make me seriously wealthy.

I give my word that I’ll not use such for myself, other than where I have need,
Like a humble home, say, (for I’ve none), and that from bills and debt I may be freed.
Yes, never for selfish indulgence, for there’s so many suffering today,
Yes, anxious and hurting people that I could help, if You’ll just send millions my way.

I want to do what most who’ve wealth do not do — that is, share ninety nine percent,
But I can only do such, if amidst Your plans and daily rule, You so consent.
I’m angry that so many die, that so many suffer, live in poverty,
While those who have so much dispense so little, if any, very selfishly.

Yes, make me wealthy, and please keep it coming — fill my cup each time it’s emptied,
And please respond with urgency, for down here on Earth, dear God, there’s so much need.
I don’t want wealth for wealth’s sake, and I don’t want wealth for me, so please, grant me heaps!
For in times like these, only someone heartless, such wealth squanders and Scrooge-like keeps.

By Lance Landall




22.  Tithes And Offerings

While giving little to God’s cause, many indulge themselves, spending lavishly,
Thereby hindering both the work and gospel worker via lack of charity.
Yes, the need great, but the giving miserly, and God’s churches in disrepair,
And He saddened and displeased, because such shows just how much many seem to care.

So where are the needed tithes and offerings? — God having been thought of last and least,
While on the luxuries and pleasures of this planet so many Christians feast.
And yet, all belongs to God, who, the best and most of everything should get,
And hey, how much are the poor and needy neglected too? — who also little get.

And God noting all this,

Because it was He who said, “Give, and it shall be given unto you,” but no,
Too many holding it back for their own desires when God’s told us to sow.
Yes, God’s cause getting little attention, or not as much as it needs, nor those
Whose mouths need feeding; it all going on sandcastles; Earth’s door about to close.

And God noting all this,

Because genuine Christians are generous Christians, not lovers of money,
But willing to sacrifice for God and others, and in light of eternity.
They moved by the Spirit, knowing that “its more blessed to give than to receive,”
And hence why to God alone, and not impulse or appetite, they bow and cleave.

Yes,

If Christians were faithful in tithes and offerings, God’s treasury would be full,
His work carried forward, more lost souls saved, and the blessings considerable.
Our priorities sound; God judging what’s left, not given, and hence that widow,
Whose only mite shamed the rich young ruler who eternity seemed to forgo.

Yes,

Without our financial help the Gospel suffers — and therein, we’re robbing Christ,
Who, when it came to saving us, (no greater cost), never quibbled at the price.
Oh, such ungratefulness, we quibbling over a tenth or so, yet wasting more,
We fat and fed, God’s storehouse lean; such an effrontery to Him and the poor.

Yes,

From their abundance many giving but a small portion, though not that widow,
Because she gave her all, trusting in God to supply her needs for the morrow.
And we too, revealing in our lives that same benevolence as our Saviour,
Who’s greatly pleased, and who duly rewards such self-sacrificing behaviour.

By Lance Landall


Related texts are under the following poem.
This poem was upgraded 23 June 2018.




23.  Dare We Rob God

Any Christian who chooses not to pay tithe is acting unscripturally,
Because the Scriptures state that a Christian should, as such supports the ministry.
Tithing supplies each pastor with a wage, thereby insuring God’s Word gets spread —
Unhindered and undistracted — and also insuring that the flock gets fed,

With the Word, that is. So what is tithe?

Tithe is a tenth of our income, and also of any profit that we make,
Which we are to give ungrudgingly, and which we are to do for our Lord's sake.
Though everything on this Earth belongs to Him, a tenth is all that He asks for,
Which is very generous of Him indeed, given that He could ask for more.

And it’s the same with His Sabbath, ’cause He only asks for a tenth, just one day,
Even though He could ask for seven, but no, He gave us six for work and play.
Yes, even though every day belongs to Him, He has only asked for one,
Because He is a very generous God, and so much for us all has done.

Even Abraham faithfully paid tithe, and this, well before the Jewish law,
(The Ceremonial law that Moses wrote, that is, which God oversaw).
Not the moral Ten Commandment law that God gave to mankind separately,
And which was written by His very own finger too, for everybody.

Does God really need this tithe that He asks of us? Isn’t there another way?
Well, other ways there may very well be — however, God likes working with clay,
He knowing that if we learn to give, to sacrifice, far more like Him we’ll be,
And that as a result, we’ll be more grateful, and care more for humanity.

And therefore, those who pay this tithe, God will bless, and often materially,
But the greatest blessing of all that will come to us is spiritually.
Yes, each one of us is called to make that sacrifice for the greater good of all,
And particularly so that others will hear and then heed the Gospel call.

But given all that God has done for us, and all that He has given us too,
How could we withhold a measly tenth, thereby denying Him what He is due?
And besides, Christians are simply stewards, there is nothing at all that they own,
Because all of this Earth’s bounties belong to God, and therefore, are just on loan.

By Lance Landall


"Don’t you know that those who serve in the temple get their food from the temple, and that those who serve at the altar share in what is offered on the altar? In the same way, the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should receive their living from the gospel"
(1 Cor 9:13,14, NIV).

“Will anyone rob God? Yet you are robbing me! But you say, “How are we robbing You?” In your tithes and offerings! You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing me...” (Mal 3:8,9).

“All tithes from the land, whether the seed from the ground or the fruit from the tree, are the Lord’s; they are holy to the Lord” (Lev 27:30).

“...And Abram [Abraham] gave Him [God] one tenth of everything” (Gen 14:20).

“But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God [display gratitude]: for it is He that giveth thee power to get wealth...” (Deut 8:18, KJV).

“The silver is Mine, and the gold is Mine, saith the Lord of hosts” (Haggai 2:8, KJV).

“The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it” (Ps 24:1).





24.  Fallen Divisions

Rest assured that God has no time for that lower class, middle class, and upper class nonsense — sin, effectively,
For such unnatural and fallen divisions God never intended be inflicted on humanity.
In His eyes, all are equal, regardless of their background, lineage, assets, chattels, money, or position,
And He, via His Word, has clearly conveyed that He wants each Christian to have His same approach and recognition.

Though folk may find themselves classed in that middle or upper bracket, it shouldn’t be apparent in their manner,
Nor their behaviour, for right into the very heart of the Gospel, such delivers a rebellious spanner.
Hence why Christ came to break down such labelling, pigeon-holing; the product of pride, unfairness and abuse,
For when it comes to this Earth’s bounties, all should share in such; and feathering one’s own nest can equate to misuse.

Yes, such class distinctions are the outcome of the Fall, and why all who’ve wealth, or who’ve more than others, should take care,
For God is watching closely, and taking careful note of just how much people keep, and just how much people share.
And rightly so, for such can convey the true intent of one’s heart, and it’s that heart that God’s interested in,
For the heart more than anything else, our final destiny, (be that eternal life or death), will determine.

The heart of the Gospel is all about putting others first, (after Christ, that is), and all those who love Him will,
Knowing that one shouldn’t make an idol of their possessions and wealth, for such inevitably leads to ill.
And hence those class distinctions that many aspire to — in other words, the Jones mentality, (such being pride),
A mentality and condition that offends the Bridegroom who's looking for a humble, serving, giving bride.

By Lance Landall





25.  What On Earth Is Wrong With Us?

Yes,

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.

Look,

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




26.  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





27.  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.






28.  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).





29.  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





30.  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 that still remain hidden, but 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






31.  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 linked Christian poems, Christian section, poem list page.





32.  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).





33.  Except Where God Has Said Otherwise

Human governments have a part in God’s overall plans, so obey their laws,
Don’t be a lawbreaker, because God isn’t pleased with those who such trouble cause.
Be a good citizen, because they’re there to help maintain law and order, and
Thus restrain wickedness, so don’t bring shame on Christ by breaking laws of the land.

Each government has a right to arrest and punish, and where they go astray
They can not only reap the consequences, but God will have His coming day.
Meantime, don’t contribute in any way to the breakdown of society;
Pay your taxes, keep the peace, and show due respect to those in authority.

But where they tell you to do something that’s contrary to Scripture, our God’s will,
We’re to stand firm on the side of God, acting every bit as much as Daniel.
He not compromising, yielding to pressure, but firm until the very end,
Regardless of the consequences, because God and His Word we must defend.

By Lance Landall


"Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast [past power] and his image
[the coming global power], and
receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, he himself shall also drink of the
wine of the wrath of God, which
is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation" (Rev 14:9,10).


Also note the bible text under the poem just above this one.





34.  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





35.  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.





36.  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.




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