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Christ's Way

by James Zealy

When I was young
Innocence was an afterthought
Paths to spiritual bliss
Seemed firmly defined

Commencement classes
New testament readings
And bright questioning eyes
Created new challenges

While the pastor whose pate
Shown amid silver strokes of hair
Stern Marine demeanor that adorned
Active emotional brilliance

Who taught us Christ belief
And too not just repeat rote
But think what was said
In passages parlayed

We took his message to heart
And when he could not espouse southern bigotry
And could not let 60's child go untended
And when he allowed a simple coffee house

His reign ended as quickly as the letter he penned
Passed muster by church elders
His civil rights sin was the stationary
Upon which his fervor was written

I remember the state of panic I felt
The children of his loins
His no bullshit approach
And that belief was not just the church pew

From that day, First Pres I discerned,
Was nothing more than an ornate building
Used as a social club
For hypocrites that forgot Christ's way

09/24/2008

Author's Note: For the reverend Everett Brown former pastor First Presbyterian Church

Posted on 09/24/2008
Copyright © 2020 James Zealy

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by A. Paige White on 09/24/08 at 05:25 PM

Lovin this James. Especially the "simple coffee house" which is where I find the most satisfying spiritual sharing I've ever known. Truly enjoyed it.

Posted by D. James McKee on 09/25/08 at 04:39 AM

"His civil rights sin was the stationary Upon which his fervor was written" Excellent write! He must have been a remarkable man. Of such, the world is not worthy...

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