Yesterday a certain group came to my door. They wanted to tell me that Jesus returned in the year 1914, that Jesus is not God, and that only their organization has the truth. There are other groups that seem either more or less confused, each with its own "gospel."
There's a positive gospel that puffs people's pride
And tells them they're naturally good down inside.
There's a negative gospel that's rooted in law,
With rules that it claims can avoid every flaw.
There's a compromised gospel with nothing unique--
With Buddha, Muhammad and Jesus to seek.
There's a gospel in white for the folks who are white
That tells them they're better, that might is their right.
There's a gospel in black for folks who are black
That tells them they need to be proud and fight back.
But the only true gospel is found when we look
And believe in the Jesus we find in God's Book.
I marvel that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ to a different "good news"; and there isn't another "good news." Only there are some who trouble you, and want to pervert the Good News of Christ. But even though we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you any "good news" other than that which we preached to you, let him be cursed.
--Galatians 1:6-8, WEB
Poem and photo ©2009 James L. Swindle