Mar 19

Make Me Understand

Make Me Understand is a poem I wrote in honor of Bishop Yvette Flunder’s visit to our Drew Theological School Campus today. I share it with you in the hope that one day we can all freely preach of the Radical Hospitality that Bishop Flunder speaks of with such passion and grace.

Make Me Understand

Christine J Baxter

How many more?

Not one more!

Not one more child, not one more woman, not one more man.

You say incompatible, I say that is unfathomable

You say open doors, I see closed minds

How many have to die I say

Before you open your heart and pray

A young man comes to his church to seek a loving God

You turn him away because of who God designed him to be

You don’t speak to him about a loving God

You tell him he has to change who God created him to be

A woman chooses to finally follow her call

You tell her the pulpit was not created for all

She struggled to make the hard choice to follow

But you say she had a choice in the core of her marrow

You tell her she is welcome to worship inside

But if she is called to lead she must step aside

A couple comes to you with love in their hearts

You tell them their love was wrong from the start

They look to you in confusion because you see

When they took communion you blessed them individually

How many more I ask you?

Not one more I demand

There is nothing here that is incompatible

You’ll never make me understand.


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    • Miranda Rand on March 19, 2015 at 8:47 pm
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    Thank you for sharing. Very beautifully written.

    • sonjs on March 20, 2015 at 12:49 am
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