Dear Church, My Plea

One of the real joys of the “Top 10” article going viral is that it’s given me a chance to hear from young believers who are hungry for the gospel of repentance and faith in Christ for the forgiveness of sins (Or, as Paul wrote in Galatians, the ONLY gospel.) rather than any of the replacement/false gospels so prevalent in the church today; who long to hear (and have difficulty finding) about Christ crucified for sinners.

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This week, I’d like to post a poem written and sent to me by an American college student at a large, public university.

As a short bio, the following:

“Scared of Hell. Walked the aisle. Said a prayer. Baptized. Felt some feelings.

Only recently learned how Law & Gospel are appropriately separated.

& have learned about the external Word and sacraments.

I am currently studying at the University of Arkansas. I’m 21.”

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Dear Church,  My Plea

We don’t want modernity.

We don’t want your empty promises.

We don’t want your self-help sermons.

We don’t want to find security inside of ourselves.

Stop telling me that Christ needs my commitment.

Stop telling me that I’m good.

Stop giving me new law to keep.

Stop idolizing youth.

Stop dumbing down the message.

Stop sugar-coating truth.

Stop feeding me donuts.

I need His body and blood.

Point me not to a prayer.

Point me to His Word.

Teach me His promises.

Teach me His Law.

Tell me I can’t keep it.

Tell me He fulfilled it.

I am a sinner. Just like you.

You tell me what to do.

& leave out what’s been done.

Care not about my entertainment.

Care about His message rightly proclaimed.

You give me a purity ring.

I need armor.

I need this message of reconciliation.

I need Christ crucified for sinners.

This news is good.

This Word brings life.

Rebuke this moralism.

Rebuke this mysticism.

If moralism is the message,

I don’t need Jesus.

If mysticism is the message,

I’ll get high on something else.

I’m done with this pretending.

I need solid food.

If my best life is now, I’m going to hell.

I don’t care about Friday.

I don’t care about feelings.

I’m a sinner like you.

I need Christ.

He brings life.

This fake smile’s getting old.

My Sunday clothes are wearing thin.

My heart is growing numb.

I’m broken by sin.

I need conviction from the Law.

& healing from the Lord.

My strivings are futile.

The Law leaves me condemned.

Please talk about sin.

Let your message be bloody.

Place the cross in the center.

For Christ, He alone is worthy.

Amen and Amen! Nothing for me to add here. This is poignant, passionate, and absolutely overflowing with the gospel. Fantastic!

5 thoughts on “Dear Church, My Plea”

  1. This is excellent – a message much needed in today’s churches. I’m currently working on my next book review, which will be on “Today’s Gospel: Authentic or Synthetic?” by Walter Chantry. This poem pretty well sums up what Chantry says in the book. I will direct my readers to this poem, but I’m going to share it right now! Thanks, Marc!

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