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Justice (long version, requested by Ed Hodge); – Back in February 2010, I posted a poem up on Justice. It was the beginning of a new year and at the time it was more like a new years resolution. Afterwards, Ignite were doing a theme on ‘Justice’ so I adapted it to be a poem in worship. With some tweaks here and there, this is the version. I hope you enjoy, but more so, I hope it inspires you to be souled out for big guy in the clouds…me included.

 

I want to be hooked on Justice

Who’s obsessed with selfless giving

A man who never goes cold turkey on faith

 

I wanna be hooked on justice

I wanna see a time when church loves to live

And lives to love

 

I don’t want to be comfortable

I wanna be gut wrenchingly on fire for God

 

To get laid out to self

And to be made up in Jesus

 

No longer comfortable

But immersed in his love and compassion

And never ending forgiveness.

 

To be led by the spirit

To be uncomfortable

 

Let us fight the western virus

Of self centred-ism,

 

No more self satisfaction

No more self serving

But more self gratification in serving others

 

I want to see justice

In this place, That place

And that place next to this place

In the place of my gripes where everything’s all about me.

 

More restoration

More loving thy neighbour

who ever they are.

 

Less being about the problem

And more being apart of the solution.

 

No more degrees of separation

Where others misfortunes are but a sigh in the 6 o clock news slot

Or a £5 direct debit to fix our conscience clot.

 

But more God

More of you

And less of us

More of you in us.

 

More God

More of you

And less of us

More of you in us

With us

And give us

your strength to do your will to see your kingdom come

 

Live in us

The centre of us

As we surrender us

to your authority.

 

More your kingdom come

More of hope

No, wait – more belief in the hope you have to offer

So more of your hope we filter to others

 

The hope that transforms lives

And saves souls

 

More of you

More of you

And less of us

Less of us – passing the buck onto you

 

But more

More of us

Living for more of you

 

 

Let people reside in you

Find their hope in you

Let them confide in and set aside time to the King of all Kings

Cos you deal with our sin

And major in forgiving.

 

 

 

 

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Justice

Posted: February 3, 2010 in poems
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Thoughts

Its been a long time hasn’t it? Its been a pretty busy week – including Ignite on Sunday evening. Recently i’ve been experimenting with speaking poetry as part of worship. I’ve had the chance of doing this in ignite and feel it works. I’m very much on a journey with it – but its definately something i want to pursue further. Some people would say psalms are song, others poetry, I think its a cry from the heart, words from the soul, its a journal of thoughts and emotions. For me, its poetry. And i want to try and fuse it with communal sung worship.

I wrote a poem on Justice that we fused with the worship song ‘This is our God’.

Justice is something that’s really been on my heart over the last few months. There is going to be a day when justice is everywhere, no suffering, no sin, nothing but paradise with God. But until that day comes, he calls us to live for him. To change communities, and see God’s kingdom come. Shane Claiborne is inspirational on this stuff…but my constant challenge is, its not just writing the words, its living it out.

Anywho – if your up for it…here’s an extract from the poem

Poem

I want to be hooked on Justice

Who’s obsessed with self giving

A man who never goes cold turkey on faith

I wanna be hooked on justice

I wanna see a time when church loves to live

And lives to love

I don’t want to be comfortable

I wanna be gut wrenchingly on fire for God

To get laid out to self

And to be made up in Jesus

No longer comfortable

But immersed in his love and compassion

And never ending forgiveness.

To be led by the spirit

To be uncomfortable