Releasing the Stranglehold

I wrote this poem upon hearing the news that many of the men reportedly involved in Boko Haram have been sentenced to prison for 10 years– while 2 of the men have life sentences. I hope you enjoy.


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Religion strangles.
And no,
I am not speaking of
Karl Marx’s ideology,
of the affirmation that faith is false.

No,
what I am speaking of
is the religion that commands,
“DO! DO! DO!
or else.”

Whether a muslim,
a scientologist,
or even your regular church-going Chrisian,
anyone who believes
that their good or bad deeds
decide their fate is decieved.

“Jesus paid it all,
all to Him I owe.
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it, white as snow.”
Do you believe this?

As I look at Boko Haram islamic terrorists
going to jail, going into physical bondage,
it becomes so real to me:
Trusting in Jesus
and
His work
is the only way to be free.

Not “doing,” but instead trusting.
the chains fall; the strangle no longer holds.
The Gospel, my friends,
is truth enough to break chains–
and as refreshing as our first breath
after those chains fall.

And now that you can breathe,
Rejoice.

© Annalee Hoover, 2019

 

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