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March 23, 2010

I am a Christian. I'm sorry.

This was the 1st place-winning poem from the February 2010 Vancouver poetry slam.  Came across it through my friend Matt Coulter's blog (which you should read) and asked if he would care if I shared it too.  It is pretty powerful. Please feel free to comment with your thoughts on it, and don't watch it with kids around.

(h/t Jesus Needs New PR)


Anonymous said...

This poem makes me sick, the more and more I think about it and read the comments of others the more sick I get.

This isn't humility. This is arrogance at it's finest. He wrote this seeking the approval of a non Christian crowd, likely feeling he was on the moral high ground. Being a Christian is about what's inside, the inner thoughts and desires of your heart. His poem likely has nothing to do with self reflection and a lot to do with appeasing his audience. It does nothing to help someone know Christ, Him, it does a LOT to convince people that all Christians are harmful, misguided people.

I would never repeat that poem in an effort to glorify God.


Jon Kelly said...

I have to admit I'm a little surprised. Listening to what he says really challenged me to think about how I DO portray Jesus to others. The line about standing in front of an abortion clinic screaming at 15 year old girls rather than waiting outside the back door to hug them as they leave almost haunts me. It makes me wonder about the things Christians do in the name of Jesus that completely misses the heart of Jesus. To me, I see it as more of a wake up call for Christians and how others perceive us.