I Can't Be Like Jesus

Updated on September 14, 2018
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I have been writing poetry, fiction and short stories for many years and have completed a book of poems. I also enjoy comedy writing.

Be like Christ
Be like Christ

I tried, God knows I tried, but I just can’t be like him.

There is just too much hatred in my heart for wickedness, I grant no forgiveness of sin

If you smack me I simply cannot turn the other cheek

I will hit you so hard it will hurt for weeks

I don’t work in mysterious ways, my actions are plain and straight

The Lord forgives, I do not. I give murdererss, not vampires a stake.

I simply cannot love all. To me that means to love evil

Evil that glorifies a starving child and introduce a homeless mom to the needle.

Are Christians like Jesus? How about Roman Catholics?

Did Jesus touch any little child and gave him chocolate?

Who proclaim to be like Jesus, surely not me?

What is for Cesar’s give unto Cesar, so I gave him this sword to the heart and knee.

I just can’t be like Jesus, because racism makes me puke

I will not just walk around saying Jesus Saves while black people gets nuked

I will not preach a ceremony in the city while innocent lose their freedom and speech

Instead I will go by some chicken and bread and let the homeless have a feast

I am more of an action guy.

My father has no mansion in the sky

But I will give you a place to rest your weary head at nights

I will be that person who you talk to who answers back and wipe the tears you cry

I can’t walk on water, nor turn it into wine

But I will share a drink with you if you be so kind.

I just can’t be like Jesus. Well, not the guy with the pale skin and long hair.

Because I love women in every way, for them I have a natural care.

I will not allow anyone to drive nail in my hands to save a bunch of ungrateful people

If anyone dares try that they will be talking to my Desert Eagle.

Sorry Christ, I tried but this world is undeserving

So I have to be tougher, stronger to battle for the weak, the old and those forsaken to die.

Maybe next time, in a different time, different body and a different place

But right here on earth, I will be strapped with Mr. Smith, taser and mace.

© 2018 Clive Williams


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    • clivewilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      Clive Williams 

      19 months ago from Jamaica

      Y'ves, I appreciate your kind input.

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      19 months ago

      I really liked your poem, Clive, and I think most people can relate to it. Your questioning tells me that you care....that you think about things rather deeply at times.

      In my mind, Jesus was a highly intelligent man. He wouldn't have turned the other cheek for nothing. Not to mention, the cheek he turned would have meant that the person slapping him would have had to use his back hand. (See the actual verse) Not so easy or effective to do.

      Jesus knew was he was doing. But none of us can be like him. I think we are expected to be human, but to strive for decency. Only a few have the wherewithal to become saints. I'm not one of them. That is for sure.

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      Clive Williams 

      20 months ago from Jamaica

      Your input is appreciated Sarah

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      Sarah Cook 

      20 months ago from Wasaga Beach

      I'd have to disagree. Even if you don't count miracles, Jesus walked the earth, putting into action his words, which is a lot more than most of us can say. Your title says you can't be like Jesus. The truth is you were not created to be like Jesus, you were created to be like you. Helping, inspiring or doing whatever it is with whatever God-given gifts you received, is your call to action. People say all the time, what has God or Jesus done, and I respond, he created you. We are the call to action. We are what the world needs and have the tools within us, through the grace of God.

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      Eric Dierker 

      20 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Extremely interesting. Jesus busted those guys chops with the sales tables around that big old church think. And I would say putting that soldier's ear back was action. And changing wine into delicious wine - oh ya.

    • clivewilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      Clive Williams 

      20 months ago from Jamaica

      Thanks for your input Sarah. Jesus was not an action guy, miracles don't count.

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      Sarah Cook 

      20 months ago from Wasaga Beach

      I find this poem interesting... It leaves me wondering where your faith stands. I can relate to many of the sentiments and yet don't necessarily want too. You say you are more of an action guy... but so is and was Jesus. I'm confused. I enjoyed the read though

    • clivewilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      Clive Williams 

      20 months ago from Jamaica

      Shan. Your input is appreciated.

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      Shannon Henry 

      20 months ago from Texas

      Interesting take on forgiveness. No one can be like Jesus even those that can forgive, though, because it just isn't possible for humans to forgive like that. And this is coming from someone with a strong tendency toward forgiveness.

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      Clive Williams 

      20 months ago from Jamaica

      I second that Flourish.

    • FlourishAnyway profile image


      20 months ago from USA

      Very strong sentiments here Clive. I don’t believe in forgiving all things either. Some things are deal breakers.


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