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The next thing…

January 31, 2010

You challenge
our safe notions
of Righteousness
with your radical teachings
about who does or doesn’t
get stoned–
who gets included in your
kingdom movement.

You push buttons
in the Nazareth synagogue
by naming Gentiles—
The widow of Zarapheth
Namaan the Syrian…
as welcome recipients
of grace

Yet  you do not offend our
modern categories
of righteousness.
We think somehow that we,
after hearing your radical message,
would not run you out of our congregation…
throw you off a cliff.

What would you say to us?
We who pick up stones
and label Others.

We who kill abortion doctors
in the name of preserving
the sanctity of Life.

We who cast sharp stones
at the apostate Liberal…
the fear-mongering Fundamentalist…
ever wary of the agenda…the slippery slope
the unclean Other.

What would you say to us?
We who find it impossible to
be in relationship with the one
who stands outside–
beyond the wall of hostility.

What words would you write
in the dirt at our feet?
fickle independence…
self-righteous indignation
with the sins of others…
conveniently justifying the decision
to break relationship
to pull out of communion
to move on to
the Next Thing.

Or would you call us–
in the name of Love–
to put down our stones
to go and sin no more?

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. January 31, 2010 5:57 pm

    creative words,
    powerful emotions,

    loved the courage of speaking out your mind, ;)

  2. dawn permalink
    January 31, 2010 9:37 pm

    Thank you for speaking Truth, with a capital T.

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