Jesus Said (Updated)

Here’s a revised version of the poem I posted on June 12th. I think eventually it will be a song lyric, but I don’t have a tune for it yet.

I do not think when Jesus told
us, “Love your enemies”, he meant
“unless they’re currently at war
with the army of your government”.

It makes no sense, since Jesus lived
under the whip of Roman rule,
that he should speak of ‘enemies’
and not mean those who were most cruel.

And talk is cheap in Jesus’ name
and a suffering world remains unchanged
But when we do the things he said
then seeds of hope can grow instead

And I don’t think when Jesus said,
“You cannot serve both God and greed”,
he thought we’d try to prove him wrong
and close our eyes to human need.

And when he said that if we had
two coats, we should give one away
I somehow doubt he really meant
that coats should go, but houses stay

‘Cause talk is cheap in Jesus’ name
and a suffering world remains unchanged
But when we do the things he said
then seeds of hope can grow instead

And what about the times he said
we should not set our sights on wealth,
but seek God’s kingdom above all,
and love our neighbour as ourself?

I do not think when Jesus said
“Take up your cross and follow me”
He meant, ‘If it’s convenient,
or if you happen to be free’.

‘Cause talk is cheap in Jesus’ name
and a suffering world remains unchanged
But when we do the things he said
then seeds of hope can grow instead

(©2013 Tim Chesterton)

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