If They’re Right

by | Feb 19, 2015 | Poetry

They say we're arrogant
homophobic
ignorant
blind.

They say we're afraid
of failure
of truth
of sight.

What if they're right?
What if we've lost the faith
through visions of self-righteousness?
What if we're bigots
and cowards
driven by fear and hate?

What if they're right?
Is that why we push to prove
that we're right and they're undeniably wrong?
Is that why we protest
and picket and point
and accuse everyone else of hate?

If we truly believed
our faith was the answer
wouldn't we spend less time defending
and more time caring
for the poor and the broken
and those who are victims of their estate?

We crucify an enemy
we see all around us
though they approach us
with their hands in the air.

Imaginary demons
a threat to overwhelm us
when the demons inside us
are the real enemies we share.

But we raise our guns
aim at the defenseless
call them attackers
and fire.

What if they're right?
Have we lost the faith
that we've defended so hard?
Have we forgotten the call to serve
to love and sacrifice ourselves for
the ones that we've chosen to alienate?

Randall J. Greene

My heart beats for my faith, my God, my wife, and our puppy. I am a web strategist by day, but my superhero identity is that of a writer. Every once in a while I also lead classes or conversation groups at my church. I just finished a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Central Baptist Theological Seminary.

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