Saturday, February 18, 2012

God: The Package

The presence of God
Is packaged
And shrink-wrapped
And priced
And bar-coded
And sold (enter credit card number here)
And shipped by UPS
(Next-day delivery $4 extra).

But is it really his presence?
Or will he overturn the trinket sellers' tables
And the chairs of the credit verifiers?
What if he drives out the vendors
And the entertainers,
Leaving only those who came to pray?
What if he's not impressed
By tickets sold
And gate receipts
And market share
And new rules followed?
What if he's impressed by nothing
But a simple, faithful heart?

And they came to Jerusalem. And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who sold and those who bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons.
(Mark 11:15 ESV)


dfish said...

Great poem, Jim.

Unfortunately it seems like an awful lot of Christians are busy trying to impress him with all the things he doesn't need or even want.

Jim Swindle said...

dfish, yes, people keep inventing religious things instead of simply trusting and following Jesus.