10.07.2011

I Would Like To Buy $3 Worth of God

Imagine that you grew up with Christian beliefs. Jesus is your friend and teacher.  You’re familiar with Christian tradition and Holidays. The Holy Bible is not an obscure volume of books. Yet, you admit that you’ve only gotten a sprinkling of the revelation of God's redemptive plan to Salvation through Christ's death and resurrection. You’re not fully immersed in Him, and you’re unsure whether it will work out or not. So undecided to surrender and run after Him, you settle for "$3.00 worth of God."

I would like to buy three dollars worth of God, please.

Not enough to explode my soul and disturb my sleep.
Not enough to take control of my life.
I want just enough to equal a cup of warm milk.
Just enough to ease some of the pain from my guilt.

I would like to buy three dollars worth of God, please.

I would like to find a love that is pocket-sized.
I don’t want enough of God to make me love a black man or pick beets with a migrant.
Not enough to change my heart.
I can only stand just enough to take to church when I have time.
Just enough to equal a snooze in the sunshine.
I want ecstasy, not transformation.
I want the warmth of the womb, but not a new birth.

I would like to purchase a pound of the eternal in a paper sack.
If it doesn’t work, I would like to get my money back.

I would like to buy three dollars worth of God, please.

I would like to hide some for a rainy day.
Not enough for people to see a change in me.
Not enough to impose any responsibility.
Just enough to make folks think I am ok.

Could I just get three dollars worth of God, please?

-Wilbur E. Rees
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