At times, poetry speaks more eloquently than any other form of speech.
Mary Oliver's poem - Of The Empire - is an example:
"We will be known as a culture that feared death
and adored power, that tried to vanquish insecurity
for the few and cared little for the penury of the
many. We will be known as a culture that taught
and rewarded the amassing of things, that spoke
little if at all about the quality of life for
people (other people), for dogs, for rivers. All
the world, in our eyes, they will say, was a
commodity. And they will say that this structure
was held together politically, which it was, and
they will say also that our politics was no more
than an apparatus to accomodate the feelings of
the heart, and that the heart, in those days,
was small, and hard, and full of meanness."
My fellow Christians, please remember that throughout history when we proclaim "Jesus is Lord!"
we are, at the same time, proclaiming that the Empire is not.
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