Posted by Dr. Larry Taylor
This kingdom –
Animal farm, 1984, brave new world?
Red tsunami that washes in
Patriarchal white supremacy so
Jews won’t replace us?
This kingdom – military incursions
Kowtowing to dictators,
Mockery and greed,
Goons with assault weapons?
The reign of the
God who is perfect
This cross – a
Brutal state execution?
A soft, bland bloodless atonement?
Some sort of lesson?
The King of the cosmos absorbing
All evil and destroying the works of the devil?
This resurrection –
Circle of life?
Alive in our thoughts?
Eggs and bunnies and lilies?
Stone table cracked,
Blood, salt, fire,
The earth trembled,
This God –
A myth of the ignorant and fearful?
A creation of human imagination?
Distant, impersonal, uninterested?
Subjective deity of beauty and goodness inside our minds?
Formless life force surging through the cosmos?
The sum total of all there is?
An energy we can tap?
A soft-bellied partly senile grampa who wants all to have a good time?
A vending machine Santa Claus to give me my best life now?
Strick harsh legal judge?
Warlord crushing enemies?
Vengeful monster inflicting eternal conscious torture?
YHWH, the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Israel, the
God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
True and living God who is
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit?
God is exactly like Jesus –
Burning with passion,
Flaming out against hypocrisy and injustice,
Caring for the least, the broken, the sheep
Scattered, bleeding, ripped, bleeding on the
Hillsides for lack of shepherd.
Demanding – sell all, follow me,
Deny self, take up cross,
Servant of all, wash feet,
Die but don’t kill,
Go the extra mile
Give but don’t sue
Forgive, love enemies,
Lose life for my sake.
Welcoming alien, stranger,
Healing, loving, forgiving
About Dr. Larry TaylorRadical Anabaptist, Jesus Freak, Red Letter Christian, sailor, thinker, spiritual director, life coach, pastor, teacher, chaplain, counselor, writer, husband, father, grandfather, dog-sitter
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