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 "Listen Christian!" by Bob Rowland

Most of you will recognize this poem's roots in Matthew 25:35-36, but I really wanted to share this poem, which is definitely my favorite, because of the admonishment it gives to modern Christians. Enjoy.

I was hungry,
and you formed a humanities club
and discussed my hunger.
Thank you.
I was imprisoned
and you crept off quietly
to your chapel in the cellar
and prayed for my release.
I was naked
and in your mind
you debated the morality of
my appearance.
I was sick
and you knelt
and thanked God
for your health.
I was homeless
and you preached to me
about the spiritual shelter
of the love of God.
I was lonely
and you left me alone
to pray for me.
you seem so holy;
so close to God.
But I am still very hungry,
and lonely,
and cold...

Mary M.

 2005/7/8 16:57Profile

 Re: "Listen Christian!" by Bob Rowland

Thank you.

Challenging indeed!

 2005/7/8 18:48

Joined: 2003/11/23
Posts: 4502

 Re: "Listen Christian!" by Bob Rowland

Wow...that poem *hurts*! Good stuff.
It reminds me of Keith Green's [i]Asleep in the Light[/i] song. Thanks for sharing, Mary!

Jeremiah 29:11-13


 2005/7/15 10:36Profile

Joined: 2010/12/30
Posts: 1

 Re: "Listen Christian!" by Bob Rowland

I remember first reading this poem "Listen, Christian" by Michel Quoist when I was in high school, about 35 years ago! It impacted me powerfully and played a role in my call to ministry.

 2010/12/30 18:22Profile

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