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I Am Christian

Discussion in 'General Baptist Discussions' started by righteousdude2, Jan 26, 2008.

  1. righteousdude2

    righteousdude2 Well-Known Member
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    Oct 14, 2007
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    A good friend sent me this poem from Maya Angelou. It describes the heart of Christianity in a way that I have not heard it described before. If each of us could simply lay down the pride that somehow wells up within us over time, and just be people that humbly seek after Jesus, we could be the kind of witnesses He called us to be: Forgiven and humbled because we are saved by Grace, not our works, intelligence, academic degrees, family name [pedigree], denominational affiliation, or Spiritual gifts and calling - to name a few!!!

    Christians - by Maya Angelou

    When I say... "I am a Christian"
    I'm not shouting "I'm clean livin'."
    I'm whispering "I was lost,
    Now I'm found and forgiven."

    When I say... "I am a Christian"
    I don't speak of this with pride.
    I'm confessing that I stumble
    And need Christ to be my guide.

    When I say... "I am a Christian"
    I'm not trying to be strong.
    I'm professing that I'm weak
    And need His strength to carry on.

    When I say... "I am a Christian"
    I'm not bragging of success.
    I'm admitting I have failed
    And need God to clean my mess.

    When I say... "I am a Christian"
    I'm not claiming to be perfect,
    My flaws are far too visible
    But, God believes I am worth it.

    When I say... "I am a Christian"
    I still feel the sting of pain.
    I have my share of heartaches
    So I call upon His name.

    When I say... "I am a Christian"
    I'm not holier than thou,
    I'm just a simple sinner
    Who received God's good grace, somehow!


    Pastor Paul :type:
  2. saturneptune

    saturneptune New Member

    Jan 16, 2006
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    That poem is a real blessing. Thanks for the post.

    Pride does strange things to perception. Just hypothetical of course, but the way some in local churches talk, you would think that a certain verse in Scripture had been changed to read "be not deceived, neither lottery ticket buyers, nor dancers, nor smokers, nor those who listen to modern Christian music shall inherit the Kingdom of God." Then they turn right around after church, stand around, and gossip about it.

    I really enjoy your posts. They are always thought provoking.