Sunday, July 1, 2018


After I John 5:6-21

It is curious to me that
the one whom Jesus loved
completes his first letter
with a plea, almost a wail,
for the little children,
the dear children,
to keep themselves,
from idols. After
all that he says
in his letter, he ends
with a plea sounding
more like a warning,
keep yourselves from idols.

Curious, it is. He writes
of love and sin and
family and truth and
confidence and then
finishes with a warning
about idols.

So who needs this warning?
Who is the audience
for this letter, what city,
what church, what group
of the faithful?

And the answer is:
All of them
all of us
each one

Photograph by Matthew Ansley via Unsplash. Used with permission.

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