Put yourself in his position.

The kid was always odd.
Mom got knocked up but
some guy married her to
keep her off welfare or worse.

He grew up. Spoke loudly
at worship when he should’ve
kept quiet, now they thought
he was more disturbed that ever.

Roamed around with a bunch of
homeless dudes, got kicked out
of his hometown, they booed him.
“Crazy,” they whispered. Harsh.

He gets in big trouble and
hides out in the woods, but
one of his gang gives him up to
the authorities. He is cornered.

If Jesus had had a gun in Gethsamane,
would he have taken aim at the guards?
Nowadays, it would barely make the crawl:
“Middle Eastern man, 33, guns down cops.”

Jesus would never own a gun; he shunned
violence. He preached unconditional love,
and that’s not shown with assault rifles.

Even when betrayed with a kiss.

Even when tortured by Roman soldiers.

Even when people screamed at him
on the long, laden perp walk to Golgotha.

Even bloodied, he forgave those who
drove nails into his body.

Even as he was raised up on the cross
and set up for display like a sick statue.

Suspend belief in the resurrection
for a moment. He had no idea what
was coming next, and still, he chose death
willingly, for the sake of others.

What if Jesus had an assault rifle or
a high-powered Palin moose killer?
If you’re Christian, ask yourself:
Whose message do you put more faith in?

The words of Christ… or the lobbyists of the NRA?

© 2013 Amy Barlow Liberatore/Sharp Little Pencil

For ABC Wednesday, we are back to Square One: A! I imagine this will ruffle some feathers, but remember, the crux of this not “either/or,” but rather, priorities. One can be a Christian and hunt, go to the shooting range. It’s a personal choice whether you feel safer with a pistol in the house, but if it’s stored and the ammo locked up, as it should be, that’s not a lot of help when, as Rush Limbaugh so eloquently put it today, “Obama’s thugs come to your door to seize your guns.” Ted Nugent would call me nuts, but I don’t think hunting requires Kalishnikovs. People are so fearful (some of that biracial man in the White House), they are stocking up on ammo!

FYI: Despite Rush’s ranting about the Commander In Chief (calling the president Socialist, Muslim, Nazi, racist, a traitor, and TAR BABY… let’s all throw up now), RUSH is the only radio talk show on the Armed Forces Network. This treason goes directly to the troops. Your tax dollars at work, and mine.)

It’s all about choices. And politics. And remembering who, and whose, you are. As for me and mine, I’m with Jesus; Gandhi; Martin Luther King, Jr.; the Buddah…  you get the idea.  Peace, Amy

30 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. seingraham
    Jan 16, 2013 @ 23:39:21

    Tar Baby? WTF? How about mouf control? Unbelievable … and he has the ear of the Armed Forces you say? Dee-Light-Full … great poem tho’ Ames, really.


    • Sharp Little Pencil
      Jan 17, 2013 @ 00:35:06

      Sharon, I didn’t realize what had happened with your mom, and I’m so sorry, but I also feel blessed to be part of this cosmic family of poetry, where we share things that matter… Much love, and yes, Rush is a big douche canoe! A


  2. ManicDdaily
    Jan 17, 2013 @ 00:50:50

    I’m with you Amy! It’s just so crazy. Your poem points out a lot of the hypocrisy and distortion. Thanks. k.


  3. lesliebc
    Jan 17, 2013 @ 01:02:17

    Amazing poem…if only you could get it published somewhere!

    abcw team


  4. lessandragr
    Jan 17, 2013 @ 02:38:50

    I like your writing. I shared this with FB. Keep up the good works :)


  5. Misky
    Jan 17, 2013 @ 03:47:22

    Thoughtful poem with a wallop. Well done, Amy.


  6. oldegg
    Jan 17, 2013 @ 04:00:16

    The problem here is that we have adapted religion to suit ourselves. It is no longer a pure love of God and accepting that others may see God differently from us. We have the need to hate and blame and crush alternative views. Being armed to kill just in case, probably denies that trust and true belief in God.


    • Sharp Little Pencil
      Jan 19, 2013 @ 21:50:06

      And all sides think God is on THEIRS. God has no favorites when it comes to bloodshed – of this I’m sure. That concept of “God on our side” has driven so many people away from churches, it’s a shame. I find real community at our church…


  7. kaykuala
    Jan 17, 2013 @ 04:12:05

    The middle road is a safe bet. Gun for sports, one takes a small caliber, a 0.22 or something. Gun for protection, a stun gun or pistol perhaps. Yes, no reason for a Kalishnikov.! Well said Amy!



  8. leesis
    Jan 17, 2013 @ 04:32:44

    I’ve got to say Amy I find the most confusing thing about the United States of America is its claim to Christianity…a claim it makes much more so than any other country. And yet at the same time it has this behavior that absolutely ignores every teachings of Jesus.
    It rejects the turn the other cheek, It rejects the judge not. It rejects the teachings of about greed…frankly it seems to reject every thing Jesus actually taught. I am not a Christian yet I adore the teaching of JC and try to follow them. And I continually wonder how Americans can claim Christianity and ignore the main guys teaching


    • Sharp Little Pencil
      Jan 18, 2013 @ 15:38:24

      THe REAL Americas lay no such claim, Leesa. Hard to understand, but for every person who claims (believes the propaganda) that we were founded on Judeo-Christian Roots, I suggest reading “Lies My Teacher Told Me,” which points out that the Founders believed in “a creator,” but not “God of Abraham.” Some were atheists, too.

      I’m a member of the Christian Left, the side you don’t hear about over the corporate media airwaves. The Right is trying to scare people shitless, and it’s working. Still, I will not own a gun. I choose the right to follow Jesus and turn the other cheek. And if someone blows me away because of it, hey, those who truly claim to follow that message of unconditional love will forgive their attackers even in death. We need to STOP the ideology presented to the rest of the world as The American Reality. And that starts with getting hatemongers off the air. He pays for his own sponsorship now, you know. That’s the only reason his venom is still spewed to our troops overseas. Fascinating comment, Leesa, and thanks, Amy


      • leesis
        Jan 19, 2013 @ 04:41:27

        Thanks for your response Amy. The Christian left? For me that seems such a weird idea. Can there possibly be a Christian right? I imagine folk like the tea party are Christian right but I got to say the fact that they call themselves Christians is one of the reasons I refuse to label myself as Christian. How can anyone who does not believe in turning the other cheek…thus rejecting all violence, in sharing their wealth with the poor…thus not hoarding wealth, in judging not that they be not judged…thus condemning no person, how can they possibly be Christian in the biggest stretch of the imagination…right left or in between?

        And at the end of it all…why are Americans so scared? What is the right tapping in to that makes people so frightened? And how is it that those who don’t believe this crap…who don’t want a society whereby guns are required…why are they so quiet. And while I’m raving how come Obama…who I prefer above all alternatives… is creating some of the most scary weapons of war?

        Please know I’m not meaning to put down American people per say. I just truly don’t understand. Unlike many folks outside your country I don’t just go ‘oh Americans are crazy’. Maybe cause I know what crazy is and it just doesn’t fit. But just the same I’d love to know what is the fear that motivates such behaviour?

  9. brian miller
    Jan 17, 2013 @ 07:15:41

    nice…i really like your verse…and its def poignant…ugh, this is a sick world we live in…did you hear the one politician out west shaming those that had tragedies for ruining everyone elses world….ugh…enjoyed the comments on this as well….will be an interesting ride…


  10. Sherry Blue Sky
    Jan 17, 2013 @ 09:58:47

    Right there with you, Amy.


  11. Kim Nelson
    Jan 17, 2013 @ 12:43:47

    OH MY FREAKING HECK! Powerful! Powerful! Powerful! If you do not mind, I’d like to repost on Facebook. Brilliant, sister-friend!


  12. El Guapo
    Jan 17, 2013 @ 16:27:28

    Loved the verse!
    I wonder how many peoples heads would explode if they actually examined the contradictions in the various things they hold dear (religion versus actual treatment of others, for example)…


  13. Susan
    Jan 17, 2013 @ 16:27:58

    Brave and necessary poetry, the little boy grown and Jesus revisited. Take that NRA!


  14. Renee Espriu
    Jan 17, 2013 @ 21:11:18

    Bravo! I love it when you get down to business.


  15. ladynimue
    Jan 17, 2013 @ 23:06:48

    Much food to thought! You ake me sit up and know things and then explore. thank you Amy ! You are a light :)


  16. vivinfrance
    Jan 18, 2013 @ 02:28:03

    Amen to peace, Amy: your sign-off. The poem says it all and powerfully. You know well my views on guns and wars and violence – religious wars are by far the worst – so utterly illogical.


  17. tigerbrite
    Jan 18, 2013 @ 05:39:43

    Another powerful piece Amy. We live in a very confusing world and I wonder at the rubbish the media feeds us and for what purpose ? To keep us living in fear ?
    Peace Amy and yes, I’m with Jesus; Gandhi; Martin Luther King, Jr.; the Buddah as well.


  18. Sara V
    Jan 18, 2013 @ 14:08:18

    Wow-oh-wow! I’m with you my friend-it boggles my mind to have Rush say the things he does–and yes, makes me want to hurl-a big hearty bloggurl hurl–My grandpa was a big gun supporter, but he always taught gun safety first. (me, I try to stay away from triggers and things that explode…) We do not need assault weapons to keep us safe. And the troops do not need Rush yelling in their ears–who’s cockamamie idea was that? Thank you for voicing what I’d like to say


  19. Sharp Little Pencil
    Jan 18, 2013 @ 15:45:50

    TO ALL… sorry for the “bulletin reply,” but everyone is one board, it seems. I really wish someone would get pissed at me and we could start a real dialog!! Viv, yes, “just wars…” what a crock. Brian, Sara, Tiger, Nimue, Kim, and of course the first comment by Sharon… oh my God, too many of you saying all these incredible things. I only hope we can get some reasonable controls set. But the Right is already stocking up on ammo and the catch phrase of the day, even for my nephew, was, “When Obama comes to get your guns…” Scary world, but poets keep it balanced.

    You know what it is? People who run out of words are the ones who need guns. that’s it, part and parcel. PEACE, Amy


  20. Denise
    Jan 19, 2013 @ 11:38:50

    Some food for thought there.
    Denise ABC Team


  21. RJ Clarken
    Jan 20, 2013 @ 02:17:00

    Oh. My. Gosh! Amy, you are brilliant. What a powerful poem. You said it just right. Every time I see the news reporting on another tragedy, I think, there but for the grace…and then I feel guilty and humbled. And scared … But not by bloviates like Limbaugh. With two middle school aged kids, it brings it all so close.

    I could say that I wonder why messages like yours are the ones that don’t make the media, but I already know the answer to that.

    And yet, I still have hope. Maybe if enough lone voices for good and caring were heard…which is why we still try. Which is why you (and we) continue to put our words out there. Because they can be heard.



  22. purplepeninportland
    Jan 21, 2013 @ 22:38:42

    Got the idea loud and clear. Couldn’t agree more!


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