Thursday, February 15, 2018

Show Your Power

A literary lament. A dirge, of sorts, and a mourning with those that mourn. 

He that believes in me, the works that I do shall he do also, and greater works than these shall he do.” 
Does anyone really believe this? 
Do any actually walk the earth who do 
what He does or did? 
It’s been almost 2000 years.  
Evangelists, preachers, apostles, prophets, believers, followers, missionaries, apostles... 
Where are those that believe on Him, 
who will not just pray, 
but heal 
the flu by laying on hands, 
without medication, therapy or vaccination? 
I call bull! 
Who will raise the dead at these quarterly massacres 
and prove their righteous monotheistic power 
and successional authority holds any weight? 
Show up, Christians! Mormons! Catholics! 
Where are your beliefs and your believers? 
Who will heal the blindness by spitting in dirt 
and anointing the eyes 
like the Jesus we claim to follow? 
Who will cast out demons 
(or even acknowledge they exist!) 
and their impounded implements 
and heal the lepers, 
the cancers, 
the Lyme’s, 
rejecting 20 rounds of antibiotics 
or 30 rounds of chemo? 
Where are you (we!), believers??? 
I don’t know that I believe 
that our national, traditional belief holds power 
when we parade and wave the flag 
but have nothing to show for it 
but pristine lawns and whited sepulchres. 
“They draw near to me with their lips 
but their hearts are far from me.” 
Tonight, I see disillusion in my heart. 
“Show your power, oh Lord, our God.” 
We sing it 
but do we believe it? 
I don’t know.

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