Wednesday, January 11, 2012

          How Mad Are You, God?
                        by Jim Rapp
There are six things the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.(Proverbs 6:16-19 NIV)

The prophet said six things You hate,
indeed seven turn Your stomach.

Haughty eyes
a proud gaze that holds
all “lesser souls” in low esteem;
declares those “left out in the cold”
to be the ones the gods have deemed
worthy only to be told
self-serving lies of vaunted schemes
the “great ones” mold.

A lying tongue
a tongue that serves
the Everlasting Lie;
that swerves
from left to right
and tells, with verve.
both day and night,
whatever outright serves
an evil cause – or even might,
an evil cause, sub serve.

Hands that shed innocent blood
hands need not wield the blade
nor clutch the trigger;
they need only lade
the laws, and make it bigger
crime to wear a shade
of skin not theirs – or speak a tongue that triggers
fear in them,  or make
a vow unto a god who figures
low to them, or take
a course of commerce that displeases
them – it justifies their hate;
makes it no crime to kill a worthless “nigger”.

A heart that devises wicked schemes –
it is the heart God speaks about;
out of wicked hearts all evil streams;
a product of, no doubt,
a mix of man’s and Satan’s schemes;
devised in Hell – concerned about
hellish human selfishness – their themes
invariable defend the strong redoubts
of rich and powerful, and screens
widows, orphans, and the strangers, out.

Feet that are quick to rush into evil
that thrill to stand in the halls of fame,
that blush not to walk in the ways of shame,
that itch to climb the ladders of success,
and run to claim the prize of selfishness;
that stand in line for a political “plum,”
and dutifully march to the oppressor’s drum;
that hound the stranger from their shore,
that callously grind the face of the poor,
that delight in the sound of lynch-mob’s roar
and dance in the light of martyr’s pyre.

A false witness who pours out lies –
claiming to know what never was,
to have seen what never happened,
to have heard words never spoken.
to have been party to imagined events;
inventing what needs to be said
to destroy the good name
of the living and dead;
derailing the good, enabling evils,
by pouring out lies
in service of men and of devils.

A person who stirs up conflict in the community
envy or jealousy, their common motive,
lies, slander, whispers, innuendo, their accepted method,
anonymity, their preferred mode,
power, the inevitable leitmotif.

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