Thursday, January 10, 2013

Saints and Sinners

    When somebody yields to temptation
        And breaks one of man’s or God’s laws,
    We look for no good in his make-up,
        But oh! how we look for the flaws! 

    No one cares about how he was tempted,
        Nor praises the battles he’s fought;
    His name becomes food for the jackals --
        For us who have never been caught.

    “He has sinned!” we shout from the house-tops,
        We forget the good deeds he has done,
    We focus on that one lost battle,
        And forget all the times he has won.

    “Come, gaze at the sinner!” we thunder,
        “And by his example be taught
    That his footsteps lead to destruction!”
        Cry we who have never been caught.

    I’m a sinner, O Lord, and I know it,
        I’m weak, I blunder, I fail.
    I’m tossed on life’s stormy ocean
        Like ships embroiled in a gale.

    I’m willing to trust in Thy mercy,
        To keep the commandments Thou’st taught,
    But deliver me, Lord, from the judgement
        Of saints who have never been caught!
    - Changu Chilwesa
    Saints and Sinners
    July 27, 2012 

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