Some Other Jesus

The Jesus I know
fed 10,000 hungry, touched lepers,
blessed tax collectors
and turned tables in the temple
upside-down, because they were heavy
with coins.

The Jesus I know
let a woman sit at his feet
and learn, instead of cooking dinner;
allowed a whore
to wash his feet with oil

dry them with her hair,
and before Gethsemane called it
not a gift for the poor
but a funeral offering.

The one you worship,
the one who hates fags,
loves guns, wrote the constitution,
and puts women in the place
you want them to be
must be some other Jesus
than mine,

because mine is the one
who lifted someone else up and said
let the one who is sinless
cast the first stone.

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About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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29 Responses to Some Other Jesus

  1. potterfan97 says:

    I LOVE this poem! 😀 Couldn’t have said it better myself!

  2. I would hug you if I could!!

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  4. seekingmeme says:

    Thank you, Susan, for speaking your mind… AND mine!

  5. I heard a Muslim saying similar things about Mohammed …

  6. BroadBlogs says:

    I’ve only read two books of Scripture all the way thru:, Tao Te Ching and the New Testament. I was shocked when I read the latter and found out that Jesus wasn’t at all like the extreme right makes him out to be.

  7. jlee379 says:

    All about love, not a religious system focused on control , love it.

  8. A lovely poem, Susan, and so well put. It is hard to know the true Christ, being now turned into an icon by so many, and you words bring a refreshing message.

  9. we are easy to get entangled with idolizing the wrong Lamb!

  10. claudia says:

    yes, yes, yes, yes, yes…nothing more to say..

  11. Absolutely! You don’t have to be a religious person to see the logic in this. Brilliant.

  12. I feel you, Susan. The things some folks use the name of Jesus to justify!

    • Thanks, Noel! Yes, makes me angry. Makes me want to start my own movement over here–perhaps call it the “right” religious rather than the “religious right.”

  13. Oh Susan, this has been perfectly said.

  14. George Ellington says:

    Thank you, Susan. This was precisely what I would have wished for–a composition that captures more of Jesus and his peaceful and inclusive aspirations for us all than most texts about him that I have read have even come close to.

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