Sunday, September 9, 2012

Sunday Poem: Philip

The early church was probably
appalled when Philip told
how he baptized a eunuch.
According to The Law, the rules
that fill up our Old Testament,
eunuchs had no chance, no hope
for salvation, but Philip
studied scripture with this man.
Philip opened up The Word
and illustrated Jesus, his
sacrifice, his resurrection, his
hope for the hopeless, but we
keep right on closing doors, and
declaring men unclean. Who
do we think we are, picking and
choosing the souls we let inside?
We are nothing better than him,
a man we judge as lost, as
living a sinful life that shows,
a woman's peeking slip, while we
can tuck our wrongs away, hide them
beneath our clothes and pretend
that we are clean.

But Philip obeyed Christ and Christ
welcomes all with open arms.


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  1. Thank you for the beautiful message in your poem--Christ welcomes all. I love the language you use about tucking away our wrongs, out of sight. You definitely have a way with words! :-)

    1. Thanks, Tina. I believe Derek Webb said it well, "Trading sins for others that are easier to hide."


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