John 2:13 “And the Jews' passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem,
14 And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting:
15 And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers' money, and overthrew the tables;
16 And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father's house an house of merchandise.
17 And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up.”
Romans 12:21 “Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.”
I like to write frilly poetry,
Where we can go away happy;
But, there are other issues,
Things that will make some unhappy.
We know that there are wrongs,
In this world…today;
And, we must try to change them,
Not allow them to have their way.
But, what about in the Church,
Let’s stop…and think a bit;
What did Jesus do?
He would have none of it!
Why do we allow others,
To have the final say;
When they bend…twist Scripture,
To get their own way?
Pray for those who have the rule over you,
And, this…we are to do;
But, sometimes there is more,
The burden falls on me and you.
Stand up and be counted,
DARE TO SAY “NO”;
Don’t let wrong have its way,
Deal it a fatal blow!
Whether it be well-intended,
Or deliberate deceit;
It must be rooted-out,
Error, control, manipulation…we must defeat!
Drive the “money-changers” from the temple,
Too long they’ve had their way;
God’s house has been defiled,
We don’t have to listen to what they say.
What of the Saints…down through the ages,
Who have held their ground…stood fast;
They saw the truth…in God’s Word,
And, then the dye was cast.
They bought the truth and sold it not,
It cost them all they had;
They stood firm…in their beliefs,
The angels in Heaven rejoiced and were glad!
But, here on earth…things were different,
Not well-accepted…were they;
They were cast out…banished,
Still, from the truth…they’d not sway.
Not a happy prospect,
We all want to be liked;
Some had sold their birthright,
They succumbed…and compromised.
But, the real Saints in this world,
Are those who have stood their ground;
They got a revelation from the LORD,
Heard His voice…and liked the sound!
Because of their persistence,
We are more free…today;
The Light burns on…brightly,
And, the darkness…flees away.
Get into God’s Word,
And, ask for His guidance;
He will show you things not yet seen,
Give you…His glorious liberty…not license.
And, when you get that revelation,
Take it out…to the Church;
Break the shackles that do bind,
Put an end to their search.
Don’t expect to be well-liked,
What have they done to the Saints of yore?
Built an altar…and not gone any further.
Stand-up and be counted,
Speak the truth…this much we owe;
Our reward…may be only in Heaven,
DARE TO SAY “NO”!
May 21, 2003
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