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In 1988, the poet Carol Wimmer, became concerned about the self-righteous, judgmental spirit she was seeing in some people because she felt strongly that being judgmental is a perversion of the Christian faith. So, she wrote a poem about this. It’s called “When I say I am a Christian” and it reads like this:

“When I say, ‘I am a Christian,’ I’m not shouting, ‘I’ve been saved!’ I’m
whispering, ‘I get lost!’ That’s why I chose this way.

When I say ‘I am a Christian,’ I don’t speak with human pride. I’m
confessing that I stumble – needing God to be my guide.

When I say ‘I am a Christian,’ I’m not trying to be strong. I’m professing
that I’m weak and pray for strength to carry on.

When I say ‘I am a Christian,’ I’m not bragging of success.
I’m admitting that I’ve failed and cannot ever pay the debt.

When I say, ‘I am a Christian,’ I don’t think I know it all. I submit to
my confusion asking humbly to be taught.

When I say ‘I am a Christian,’ I’m not claiming to be perfect. My flaws
are far too visible, but God believes I’m worth it.

When I say, ‘I am a Christian,’ I still feel the sting of pain. I have my
share of heartache which is why I seek His name.

When I say, ‘I am a Christian,’ I do not wish to judge. I have no
authority – I only know I’m loved.”

Which of these hits home to YOU in your life?

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