Saturday, September 27, 2014

Oh Shucks!

by Jim Rapp

When God said, “Let There Be!”
Matter rushed so quick to be
that all the universe became a sea
of clay the likes of you and me.

“Shucks!” said God, “Now how can we
make this swirling clayey sea
reveal, reflectively,
the Triune face of we?”

Then spoke a voice so wee,
a clod from farthest far eternity:
“Master, though besmudged we be,
we’d like to show the likes of thee.”

The Human Malady

by Jim Rapp

Desiring what isn’t paid for
may be the second “root of all evil”;
 “love of money” being nothing more
than a new name for “civil”.

Begging for a handout isn’t just a fault
of those with nothing they can pay;
as often, those with bulging vaults
are raking unearned pelf their way.

The over-charging lawyer; the underpaying pimp
really play the same game;
The million dollar “ministry”; the town skimp –
Just twins, with a different name.

A tax exemption or a disability allotment –
each a good (or bad) public policy –
is nonetheless an unpaid “got-ment”,
compliments of a taxpaying citizenry.

The rich begrudge a bowl of porridge,
the poor resent a life of ease,
unwilling, each, to bridge
the gulf of mutual oblige.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Against Blind Intolerance of Islam

by Jim Rapp

“. . .let the one who has never sinned
throw the first stone!” John 8:7 (NLT)

The only religion Jesus criticized
was the one he honored
by his faithful attendance
at the synagogue.

So why have you, his followers, politicized,
yes, with Satan, cosponsored
a relentless campaign of discordance,
against another’s god?

Is there not plank enough in your eyes –
sin enough in you to be deplored –
without proclaiming your intolerance
of another’s god?

Was it hateful diatribes that seized
your heart and mind, or
love and grace, a preponderance
of the love of God?

You are not called to demonize,
but to evangelize, to open doors,
to show through your long sufferance
the saving love of God.

Your “enemy” is not to be despised,
demonized, ridiculed or
destroyed, but – surprise – romanced
into the kingdom of God.

The Prophet in the Wilderness – Marilynne Robinson

by Jim Rapp
Meanwhile, the messenger who had gone off to
summon Micaiah advised him, "Look, everything
that the other prophets were saying was unanimously
favorable to the king. So please, cooperate with them
and speak favorably." 
            (1Ki 22:13 International Standard Version)

So should the prophet speak according to her lights
or according to the “lights” of those,
who, fearing controversy – to avoid a fight –
silence those who know, and know they know?

Micaiah spent some time on stale bread and water
for sharing with king Ahab  his lights.
Though coached in advance – told the words he should utter –
he laid out the hard truth in plain sight.

All should read a book by Marilynne Robinson:
The Death of Adam; a strong critique
of Darwinian thought, 1 a prophet’s orison,
a prayer that Adam will come awake,

shake off the spell that Darwinian prophets cast,
a God defying, God denying,
death-dealing doctrine of survival of the best
which rapes the earth and leaves it dying.

With poetic power the prophet loudly cries.
Four hundred hundred, her words defy,
who dance and pipe the “established truth”, Satan’s lie:
“Eat this fruit; it will not make you die.”
1Robinson does not deny scientific evolution, nor
does she subscribe to a young earth theory. But
she sees as pernicious – even fatal to the human
race – the social, political, and environmental
uses of the doctrine of survival of the fittest.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Sliding Into Heaven

by Jim Rapp

He said, “I trust, by grace, I’ll make it in.”
 “By grease?” she heard him say.
“Ah yes,” he laughed, “I’ll bring along a tin
of that – to slick the way.”

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

To Everything A Season

(A Haiku)
by Jim Rapp

Summer’s end gives fall
a reason – August-ripened
grain is arsenaled.