Anti-Semitism is on the rise,
the headlines read like a bad smoke signal
that all is not well within our land, or any land.
Ignorance grows like a weed within the Garden of Eden,
sprouting up between the cracks in the sidewalks,
against the walls of every religious institution.
Still, we’re seen as the ones who killed Jesus,
though historical fact is that we were governed
by a puppet leader, we had no say in the matter.
Ignorance stokes the flames of hell,
so to speak, but true enough.
Without us, the Jews, Christians would
have never been,
nor would our cousins, Muslims.
Our tribes were divided early,
separated by a charismatic messiah,
or given away by a faithless mother,
surely, that was Sarah’s sin, and
still we stand apart.
Love of God should be our standard,
it would be an emblem of shining, cosmic wonder.
What might the world accomplish?
Religion sometimes ruins all good intentions.
God would say,
“I am not there.”
Muttering most of the time to himself.
We often hide behind our faiths and act small,
and say, only those who are such and such
are the true children of God.
It is said that anonymous charity is the most holy,
so might it be with faith?
Do the silent ones hold tighter to God, hiding
behind a quiet demeanor?
Even within our own faith,
we feel one branch is superior, with
self-righteous criticisms of one another.
With such a deep divide within our own,
it is hard to chastise other religions.
Would God want us at each other’s throats?
Would He want one religion to feel inferior?
God said he would make many nations,
and if we take Him at His word,
all God’s children should be loved.
God is hidden in the world around us,
find Him as you go down the path
to the swirling swords of Eden.
A reason to keep on living.