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.