Monday, August 27, 2012

Christ Alone

For I determined not to know any  thing among you,
   save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. 1Cor. 2:2
Christ alone provides an answer
      To the ills that plague our race.
Nothing frees and nothing cures us,
      But the cleansing work of grace. 

We may educate the masses;
      Tell them where the dangers lurk,
But to stem the tide of evil
      All our teaching doesn’t work.

We may think we’re doing something
      When we advertise our cause,
But the end of all our labor
      Wins us only man’s applause.

Yes, the world itself applauds us,
      When we stand against the worst
Of the sins its prince has fathered
      And society has nursed.

If we want to make a difference
      That will last eternally,
We must follow Christ our Savior
      To His death on Calvary.

We won’t win the world’s approval.
      We will seem to them as fools,
For we must refuse their methods,
      Living by the Bible’s rules.

We weren’t given a commission
      To attempt to clean the mess
That lies cluttered on the surface
      Of a core of wickedness.

For the Lord Himself is coming
      And will judge the world with fire —
But to turn men first and save them 
      Is His burning heart’s desire.

Nita Brainard
August 2012