The Pharisee and the Publican

The Pharisee stood and was praying to himself:
“God, I thank you that I am not like other people:
Emergents,
Democrats,
Anyone who isn’t just like me…
Or even like this Tax Collector.
I don’t fast.
And I don’t tithe.
But at least I don’t have tattoos or care about social justice.”

Then the Tax Collector,
standing quite some distance away,
prayed to himself:
“God, I thank you that I am not like other people:
Evangelicals,
Conservatives,
Anyone who isn’t just like me…
Or even like this Pharisee.
I don’t fast.
And I don’t tithe.
But at least I don’t drive an SUV or believe the Bible is actually true.”

And no one’s prayer was heard.
And the light was covered.
And the salt lost its saltiness.

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11 Responses to The Pharisee and the Publican

  1. Sam Dallas says:

    Well said, Renea!

  2. Ginger says:

    BAM. This is getting printed and pasted.

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  4. Jamie Dedes says:

    Bravo! Very well done ….

  5. Broken Sparkles says:

    Brilliant!

  6. ladynimue says:

    What lines !! brilliant !

  7. reneamac says:

    Thanks everyone. Let our prayer and our aim continue to be unity among Christ-followers, for God’s namesake and for our good. For they shall know Christ by how we love one another.

  8. jingle poetry says:

    bless you, keep praying..
    you are blessed already..

    if you love poetry and wish to share and expose your talent to wider audiences.
    please

    feel free to share 1 to 3 random poems with us, our poetry potluck week 29 is to open at 8pm, American central..

    hope to see you in.

    keep up the excellence.
    love
    xxx

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