Baltimore

He said to love your enemy

But that’s not what the world tells me

and by what authority does God think He can tell me who to love?

There’s a riot in Baltimore

Bullet shells blanket concrete

fire consumes the pharmacy

everyone riot – it’s judgment day

grasp the gavel

illegitimately it falls

He said to love our enemies

He said to love them all

Now! Now! Now is when they want justice

The hate they say they hated is the same hate they hurl at SWAT

Teams of people line streets

Blaming economics and politics

Praising God on Sunday but come Monday

Bricks fly through the sky at “HE DESERVED IT.”

A King once asked a question:

If you only love those who love you back,

what good are you? Anyone can do that.

Have you ever loved an enemy?

Have you turned the other cheek?

Have you ever felt the pressure in your heart building,

heard the sounds of your soul screaming, tears pouring

out of the skin, deodorant failure

emergency exits shatter

water emits from eyes, have you swallowed pride

and your face stings on each side?

I could hit the easy button on this weapon

But head bowed, knees bent, both hands on stinging cheeks

I have waited years and weeks

The sun shining the same on the good and evil

And refused to pick up an illegitimate gavel.

We are not judges, there is only one.

By what authority should we love everyone?

The same one that caused Stephen to stand

as they stoned him, he fell to his knees and said

Lord don’t hold this against them

What power compelled an innocent man to hang from a cross?

I mean you always ask why bad things happen to good people,

But that has only happened once.

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