RECLAMATION: Christ, or not at all
Today, as part of my irregular, ongoing series about being the Church in the 21st Century (because a blog about being the Church in the 19th Century seems pointless) I offer "Christ, or not at all," a poetic thinking on what ought to bind the Church together.
Gather here, ye broken vessels,
cloven through by Adam’s fall.
Broken by your own desires,
heed the Potter’s gentle call.
With His blood He means to mend you,
with his flesh, reverse the Fall.
‘Tis he who knits our souls together,
so come in Christ, or not at all.
Other means are not sufficient,
to wash away death’s crimson pall.
We are cleansed by holy methods,
blood of Christ, shed once for all.
Neither rank, nor wealth, nor title,
will grant an entrance to this hall.
Broken, poor, distraught are welcome,
but come through Christ, or not at all.
Bought by blood, raised-up in dying,
made to stand in Heaven’s hall,
called the church, the bride, the body,
known and chosen, one and all.
Gather now, ye ransomed people,
unite in vict’ry o’er the fall.
But purify thine heart’s intentions,
come for Christ, or not at all.