Purpose

 

Why These Poems?

In order for you to understand the question "Why These Poems?" I've had no choice but to include a reasonable amount of Christian content here.

"It is better to be divided by truth than to be united in error."
Adrian Rodgers (1931-2005)

"Where softer words and gentle ways are not heeded, louder words and firmer ways are often needed."
The Author


We're living in a very different world now, one that has become dangerous, unstable, destructive, unwholesome and error bound.
All why this planet has become a cemetery for the innocent, a hell for the vulnerable, a cold flannel for the suffering, a minefield for the naïve, a battleground for the heralder of truth, a noose for the canary, a stock for the virtuous, a playground for the evildoer, and a throne for the tyrant.
And hence why, the innocent should be defended, the vulnerable protected, the suffering comforted, the naive educated, the heralder of truth welcomed, the canary valued, the virtuous respected, the evildoer condemned, and the tyrant deposed.

But,

No matter how bad things may appear — on Earth, that is — no matter who may be behind what, no matter where it all may end up, no matter what it may take or cost in personal terms, always act lovingly, caringly, thoughtfully, sensitively, understandingly, sympathetically, compassionately, selflessly, supportively, impartially, mercifully, transparently, honestly, sensibly and wisely, doing whatever you can to make a difference and bring about changes for the better, doing whatever you can to ease the plight of others, to halt war, violence, abuse, oppression and bigotry, to halt the subtle or outright erosion of freedom, freedom of expression, and civil-religious liberty, for in time you may not be able to do much at all, may wish that you had, and may awaken to your own complicity via that silence that worked against both you and others, and given that you may find that there is a God, that there is a day of reckoning —
and for you, perhaps an eternal loss far richer and greater than you might imagine, and all for a recklessly spent three score years and ten, or shorter.


" The advantageous effect of religious belief and spirituality on mental and physical health is one of the best kept secrets in psychiatry and medicine in general"
Professor Andrew Sims, former President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists


And now to move on,

These poems,  LIGHT-HEARTED,  SECULAR-GENERIC  and  RELIGIOUS  came as quite a surprise to me, having never done poetry before. It wasn't until about 2002, when I was around the age of 52, that they began.

One day I was feeling particularly upset over the things that I had been witnessing and hearing of within the Christian community. You see, in recent years I had become more committed to my Christian walk, and as a consequence, had been applying myself to serious indepth biblical study, (upon which my Christian poetry is largely built), and as another consequence, had become more aware of what Christians, (which meant me too), should be upholding and practicing, but were not, thus bringing Christianity into disrepute, and representing God badly — many folk ignorantly so, though not necessarily excusably so — for after all, Christians are supposed to be God’s ambassadors, aware of His will and walking in His ways.

As a result of having become more committed to my Christian walk, I had begun to see more clearly the tragic changes that have also been occurring within society.

In other words, and in a nutshell, my poetry-cum-website has been driven by an informed and urgent desire to:

1)  Awaken Christendom to how far it has strayed from the apostolic teachings-cum-blueprint-cum-path for Christianity; to the woes and perils that have engulfed Christianity as a result; and to the faulty witness that it’s now presenting to the world.
2)  Awaken society to how far it has strayed from that which once held it together, and to the harm that has resulted and is continuing.

Added to all the above, was the pain that I had experienced over the years, and was still experiencing, which I believe was primarily caused by: 1) my own foolishness, emotional struggles and general health; 2) a greater appreciation of the wrong that I myself had inflicted on others throughout my life, and; 3) the insensitivity, indifference, unkindness and prejudice that I had personally experienced from others, (many of them Christians, sadly), and that I was still experiencing.

In other words, and in a nutshell, my poetry-cum-website has also been driven by an urgent desire to:

1)  Spare others from the same mistakes that I have made.
2)  To help folk see how they may be hurting others and harming themselves.
3)  To awaken folk to any forces that are currently working against their best interests.
4)  To encourage a greater respect for life, the environment and its creatures.

Now getting back to where I came in — and with all this going on inside me, I, for some unknown reason, took a pen, sat down, and tried putting something together in poetical form, starting with a Christian poem.

Let me reiterate and elaborate on my comment, “For some unknown reason” --
Prior to this occurrence, I had no interest in poetry whatsoever, and to the best of my knowledge had never done or learnt to do poetry, and even today after having penned in excess of 1000 poems, still have no real interest in poetry, no desire to read poetry. Yes, I have immersed myself in such now, and have formed a deeper appreciation of this art, but it has simply become an accidental vehicle, one that I can only attribute to a divine source (confirmed more so over time) that has taken me down this track knowing that I would be prepared to oblige given the strong feelings I had (and have) about certain things, and my unconcern about being popular.

To continue.
My first attempts resulted in a number of poorly constructed poems, often with ill chosen words and poorly rendered verses which reflected my lack of poetical and even grammatical skill, and my lack of Christian growth. As time went by, my skill in the realm of poetry improved, but not before a number of my earlier attempts had circulated. The poems  represented here, are the ones I would rather be judged by, as it were, though many of them are still in fact early poems that I've been trying to go back over and improve as best I can. However, poetry is simply the vehicle being used here, and therefore is not my primary focus.
Regarding my "first attempts", (particularly the first 40 poems, say, since discarded), I guess there's always a learning period, not that it ended there.

The point of writing these poems is to express my own viewpoints, concerns, thoughts and even beliefs, and that should always be borne in mind when reading them. They are a reflection of my ongoing journey. I do not consider myself as being better or wiser than anyone else and am very aware that I still have a long way to go and am happy to receive all the help I can get. It’s just simply that a fountain of poetry has been springing forth from within me, as appears here, which I have often had folk, (both Christian and non–Christian), tell me I should publish. It is my hope that this poetical collage will stimulate thought, benefit others, and bring glory to my God, who I believe has used me, (an unworthy vessel), to express what’s in these poems, and to whom I give any credit.
Thus I hope that your response to these poems will take into account the fact that God is still working on me, He hasn’t finished yet, so I may not have put things together as well as He might have liked. If so, I ask your forgiveness, and His forgiveness.

I would like to point out that certain things expressed in these poems are not necessarily my experience, but what I have seen experienced in the lives of others.

I believe that we should consider very carefully, thoughtfully, and thus fairly what another person is saying. Though we may ultimately disagree with what they are saying, and still hold to our own views or beliefs, this should not preclude us from keeping an open mind. Many have found with time that what they thought was right, was actually wrong, or that what they thought was wrong, was actually right. May I suggest to you that it is not differing views or beliefs that cause the problem, nor the expressing of them, but those bad responses or attitudes that many display towards another who expresses, (or practices), different views or beliefs to them.

Many poems on my website are just general ones, not issue based. More poems might be added to this site at any time, and existing poems may be upgraded or removed at any time too. Comments, (or various diagrams), may also appear at the bottom of some poems, but such comments will not be particularly in-depth. For more in-depth comments, one can visit those pages where the same subjects are covered or elaborated on.

If I have overlooked giving someone credit regarding comments on my site, I am happy to be contacted so that I can rectify the situation.

My usage of any quotes is not an automatic endorsement of  those who first spoke or wrote them. Nor is my supplying of any live links a blanket endorsement of any other website.

I'm also happy to hear from you, so please feel free to contact me using the feedback form on the Contact page.

And further to:

I was raised a Christian; wandered away from my faith and my Lord; slowly returned; later became seriously committed to the Christian walk and my faith; and have since applied myself to in-depth biblical study, something that I believe is a necessity for every Christian.

My Christian beliefs are built firmly upon the Bible and the Bible alone, not the church that I and my wife attend, and why I haven't mentioned my denomination, (though quite prepared to). At the end of the day, what I'm conveying via my website is either correct, biblical, logical, factual or not, and of which you must decide for yourself. But to be honest, too many people judge folk by their denomination rather than seeing them as an individual.

I’m not conservative by nature, but conservative by belief and choice regarding my Christian walk — the result of what I believe is the restraining and transforming influence of the Holy Spirit upon my earthly/worldly nature/behaviour, and the result also of my greater understanding of the Holy/righteous nature of my God and His desire that I emulate His nature and abide by His will in all areas of my life. Due to such necessary pruning, ones tastes, desires, and actions naturally become more conservative and temperate.

My desire is to always put God first in my life; to be a better Christian, husband and father; to have a greater love for, and be a greater blessing to, my fellow man; and that love motivate all I do. My thrust here, can be somewhat summed up in the following quote:

"The true and acid test of a country's greatness, its heart and vison, is found in how it treats its people, particularly its minorities, and those who are misunderstood, struggling, hurting, suffering, needy, disadvantaged, impaired,
disabled, or vulnerable.”
The Author


Do I consider myself as being better than others? No! I'm simply someone who is endeavouring to be a better person, someone who is endeavouring to walk more in accordance with God's will, (and thus less hypocritically, though still stumbling, still messing up, and even losing it at times), and I am happy to receive all the help that I can get on that journey. Meantime, I'm trying to help others too, trying to play my part in making this world a better place, and am doing what I can to ease the lot of others — one's first port of call being, speaking out, making a stand, and sometimes that is all that we're able to do regarding certain things.

"Consider how hard it is to change yourself and you'll understand what little chance you have
in trying to change others."
Jacob M. Braude


I do not believe in church unity but the unity of all believers. In other words, I believe Christians of all faiths should be treated as brothers and sisters in Christ, shown unconditional love, acceptance and respect, despite their differing beliefs. I believe the same love and respect should be shown to every human.

I passionately believe in the complete separation of Church and State (Mark 12:17; John 18:36). And one reason I don't believe in church unity is because I believe the ecumenical movement is aiding the following: And that is, that I also believe, (and based on extensive research), that a political-religious system, (aided by a Reformation reversal), will soon dominate the world scene just prior to Christ's soon return, and with ultimately dire consequences;
a New World Order,
a one world government,
a wolf in sheep's clothing,
one preaching love, peace and harmony, I assume,
one aided by terrorism, calamities, lawlessness, calls for this and that, orchestrated events, etc),
and one that the Christian Bible says will fool most of Earth's inhabitants.
Yes, those who forget the past are bound to repeat it — hence the "image" [copy] of the "beast" [a historic persecuting power with global intentions] mentioned in the book of Revelation chapter 13, verses 11-18 in particular, and chapter 14:9-13.

"Then I [the apostle John] saw another beast [power] coming out of the earth [a new land]. He had two horns like a lamb, but he spoke like a dragon [changes character]. He exercised all the authority of the first beast [a past persecuting power] on his behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast [fulfills the past power's historic evil intentions], whose wound had been healed [it revives from its previous historic fall]" (Rev 13:11,12, NIV).

"We must move as quickly as possible to a one-world government; a one-world religion; under a one-world leader."
Robert Muller, former Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations

Meaning too bad if such isn't what you want. And there you have the makings of the biggest cult ever. Robert Muller also said:

"...the United Nations Charter has to be supplemented by a charter of spiritual laws..."


Yes,

"The day is not distant, and it may be very near, when we shall all have to fight the battle of the
Reformation over again"
Sir Robert Peel (1788-1850)

"Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it with religious conviction."
Blaise Pascal (1623-1662)


However,

“For when they shall say, peace and security: then shall sudden destruction come upon them, as the pains
upon her that is with child, and they shall not escape.” (1Thess 5:3, Douay-Rheims Version).


It's my belief (and that of many) that the "image" (second beast) spoken of (the lamb that becomes a dragon) will be (is becoming) America.

American historian William Blum published his "updated summary of the record of US foreign policy" —
Since the Second World War, the US has:
Attempted to overthrow more than 50 governments, most of them democratically-elected.
Attempted to suppress a populist or national movement in 20 countries.
Grossly interfered in democratic elections in at least 30 countries.
Dropped bombs on the people of more than 30 countries.
Attempted to assassinate more than 50 foreign leaders.
In total, the United States has carried out one or more of these actions in 69 countries. In almost all cases, Britain has been a collaborator.
Source: www.johnpilger.com

Further quotes and information relating to the same subject can be found under my poem I'm Concerned America  which is found in a purple box titled Foes Of Humanity, poem list page, secular section. Or within my Christian section.

Kind regards,
Lance Landall, poet and author.

Regarding any biblical texts that appear on my website:
Where not indicated otherwise, they're from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright, 1989, by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Other versions used include the RSV, NIV, KJV, NKJV, ESV, NASB and NLT.



My Prayer For You

May the true God — whom all glory is due — fill your heart with His tender love,
And thereby, the Spirit working within you with empowering from above,
And may God also place charity, grace and compassion within your heart,
Along with an inner joy-cum-peace and contentment; and courage impart.

May the loving God above ensure that wisdom and truth encompass you,
And may He guide your footsteps thus helping you to know what to say and do,
And may His presence fill your every day, and expressions of His great love,
And may He constantly send tireless angels with protection from above.

May the great God — whom those angels praise — restrain any who would cause you ill,
And may He also take into account all your right desires with His will,
And may strength for every trial, (when such strength is required), be granted to you,
And wherever His moulding's needed, may His loving gentleness show through.

May the gracious God above give a far greater understanding to you,
And may He send you much encouragement, and friends that are caring and true,
And may all suffering that's encountered be softened and comfort given,
And any evil powers of darkness from your home and life be driven.

To God the Father, this I thus pen, and in Jesus' Holy name, Amen.

By Lance Landall


This poem was upgraded 22 July 2013.





Don't Believe in God? Not interested in Christianity?

Have you considered the following?

Could not believing in God be one of the reasons for the many rapes, murders, assaults, abuses, etc, that our world is so full of today — in other words, no God, no accountability? Let me clarify that a little more. If one doesn’t believe in God, then one most likely doesn’t believe in a day of reckoning. And I guess one might order their life on that basis. What I mean is, why would someone necessarily concern themselves with what they might do, if at the end of their life, there was no punishment for the unrepentant wrongdoer, and no paradise for those who choose to live rightly and lovingly. If one wasn’t caught by the authorities, what they could get away with would only be limited by the degree of their creativeness. After all, if life didn’t exist beyond the grave for us, if there wasn’t a bigger picture, what on earth would be the point or purpose in morality, human rights, etc, one could ask.

Even worse would be happening today if it weren’t for the fact that some are simply motivated to do the correct thing because they don’t want to take a chance on risking prison, punishment of some other kind, or some sort of self inflicted repercussion. The motives of others for refraining from lawlessness, might, for example, simply be upbringing, social pressure, or simply a lack of opportunity. So where would a sincere distaste of evil, a true genuine sense of right and wrong, and a truly unselfish desire to do good come from. It’s certainly not something you can legislate or force, though there are some who might like to try. How does love for our fellowman get into one's heart to start with? Where does one's conscience come from?

Doesn’t having a hope beyond the grave, a belief in a God, and a day of reckoning, help to hold society in check? Otherwise, what’s the alternative? Survival of the fittest, dog eat dog, the law of the jungle? Sounds evolutionary doesn’t it? Incidentally, Darwin didn’t think his evolutionary theory — yes it is only a theory — would take off like it did.

When one looks at the miracle of new birth, the wonder of the animal kingdom, and the beauty and complexity of nature itself, not to mention the human body, its hard not to believe in an incredible, intelligent, powerful, Divine source. Likewise, love, mercy, compassion, kindness, tender human expressions, etc, must emanate from somewhere, and that somewhere could surely only fit with a Someone, that is, an amazing, loving, and caring God. On the other hand, any opposition to a God like that, and His Word, would surely have to come from a negative source, one that would really only fit with a devil, hence why the devil mentioned in the Christian Bible [God’s Word] neatly fits that picture. Only that sort of scenario makes some sense out of it all. A beautiful newly made creation [planet earth], humans given free choice and control of their habitation, rebellion, planet earth and mankind corrupted, death and decay, a perpetrator behind it all [Satan, a malcontent angel], and a concerned savior [the creator God, king of all the worlds] watching and awaiting the eventual climax of the perpetrators plan. A great universal controversy between good and evil. Wouldn’t allowing such a thing, instead of instantly snuffing it out, help humanity to clearly see forever more the result of rejecting what was right and best in the first place, therefore preventing another disaster, and showing how merciful and longsuffering this God is? That He is not a dictator. After all, a God who creates beings with freedom of choice instead of making them robots, (after all, voluntary love is the only love worth having), would hardly in a renewed environment [a renewed earth], change them into robots the second time around. That would be the ultimate contradiction!

Today we seemingly live in a never ending world of change and instability. Surely what we need today is something that never changes, something that gives us reassurance. With all the theories doing the rounds today, a master blueprint to refer back to is surely needed more than ever. The Bible? Could it be that Christians have been forsaking what they once upheld? The Bible not for you? Once again, what’s the alternative? Communism, fascism, mysticism, New Age [actually old age wrapped in new clothing]? Mankind has never been able to find an answer within itself. It just chases its tail. One only has to look at history. Mankind is like a ship in a bottle — clearly only something from outside can save it. Look at where mankind is now. To think that we can cure this mess we’re in is to act like the proverbial ostrich with its head in the sand.

Our seas are polluted beyond redemption, our land masses likewise. The ecological system is in tatters, the very air we breathe contaminated, even food we eat. Calamities are increasing rapidly, (funny how the Bible predicts all that), lawlessness is rampant, and the list goes on. Its like everything is going wrong. It’s clear that it's all going to end somewhere, sometime. Where would you like it to end? Wouldn’t a new and better life beyond this present one be the answer? Hope for the future? Life beyond the grave?

Personally, my hope and trust is in God and His Word. Each day His Word is validated by what we see happening around us, along with the disturbing world events. All predicted and all on track.

Tell me, what are you putting your trust and hope in, or aren’t you? It’s food for thought, isn’t it?



A Wise Man’s Synopsis Of Pascal’s Wager

God either exists or He doesn’t. Based on the testimony of both general revelation, (that is Nature), and special revelation, (that is the Bible), it is abundantly fair to concede that there is at least a 50% chance that the Christian Creator God exists. Therefore, since we stand to gain eternity and thus infinity, the wise or safe choice is to live as though God does exist. If we are right, we gain everything and lose nothing. If we are wrong, we lose nothing and gain nothing. Therefore based on simple mathematics, Pascal reasoned that only the fool would choose to live the godless life.




“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth...” (Rom 1:16, KJV).