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Old Books

When you read an old book
You read it with a grain of salt
And weed out the unnecessary
Ancient words and partial faults

You take your time to formulate
Those thoughts that are eternal truths
You skim over, yet appreciate
What life was like then, as a youth

Why, then, do we swallow down
Bitter pills the Bible offers
When none of us follow every law
For who around you wears hair-covers?

And who amongst us, every week
Keeps a holy day, a resting day
Or condemns those who do not
When by God’s commandments we should pay?

My thought is this: when opportuned
Thoughts of hate and justification
Are strewn throughout our churches
In the name of laws so antediluvian

That we ourselves cannot contend
As the most righteous of the earth
As we ourselves are picking and choosing
As we ourselves ken what these statutes are worth

We should, as lovers, as friends, as Christ-followers
Unveil the outdatedness that guides our compasses
And understand and retain the morals of it
While no longer clinging to the Old Testament injustices

“‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
Matthew 22:36-40


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