Hi, friends. I sometimes get frustrated by legalistic Christians. Legalistic Christians tend to neglect the most foundational components of the faith–
- understanding we are all sinners saved by grace and, consequently, being humble and constantly repentant
- following Jesus’s example of caring for the least of these including the poor, the outcast, the mentally and physically broken, etc. (a subject for another post, but I’ll add that God in the OT, who some antagonistic Christians embrace more than Jesus, also told His people to care for the least of these, esp. the foreigners, orphans, widows, and poor in their midst)
- building up the body of Christ with love, patience, mercy, joy, peace, discretion in words and actions, etc.
Legalistic Christians tend to point out real or perceived sin in others while ignoring their own, and in their lives, neither the fruit of the Spirit nor discipleship of Jesus is evident. They only whip out their religion to make a mountain out of a molehill or to justify a worldly action or attitude.
I decided to try a new outlet for my thoughts through satire, and I enjoyed the experience, so “Dueling Poems” might become a thing around here. 🙂
Preface: I live in the South and have attended the same church for my whole life, so this is not meant as a condemnation of small, rural churches. I’m just satirizing some things I see and hear.
A Satire on the Modern Christian’s Righteous Indignation
When I grew up
At the church in a country lane
Everyone in the congregation
Looked and acted the same
We were told what to think
The preacher taught us well
I didn’t need to read the Bible
To tell you all about Hell
My mom and dad’s religion
Was the same as my own
Don’t need to read the scripture
Because I already know:
Atheists are Satan’s friends
The gays are condemned
And as for me?
Well, I don’t have any sin
The world today has gone mad
On Christmas, there’s a war!
You may think “Happy Holidays” is fine
But I’m keeping score
These days, I can’t help feeling
Righteous indignation about everything
So I condescend and argue and shout
All in His name
What would Jesus do?
He’d trample on his enemies
I don’t need to read the Bible
To know what I believe
A Call to Repent
Repent, oh arrogant sinner
Get on your knees and beg
“Lord, I shamefully confess
Every hateful word I’ve said”
Invite Jesus’s grace into your heart
Approach Father God with humility
Let the Holy Spirit guide your actions
What truly matters, you’ll begin to see
See the poor and the suffering and the lost in your midst
See how discipleship with Jesus works–
We can make up for time we’ve wasted
Though when we see our own sin, it hurts
Dive into the scripture
And pray–often, every day
Get to know the Lord of love
And let Him lead the way
Thanks for reading! What did you think? Do you have something to say about righteous indignation in modern society? Let me know in the comments.
If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. (1 Corinthians 13:1-3 NIV)