Person

Standing in front of you,
perhaps on a faded TV screen,
or on a pamphlet,
or a magazine cover
or in the flesh,

there is a gay man,
or a bisexual woman
or maybe someone who
doesn’t quite know which one
or why you need to know so bad,

They have bags under their eyes
Their shoulders are falling down
From carrying the weight,
The weight that you put there

This is a person you are looking at
Not a punchline
This is an image bearer
A child just like you
The universe in ecstatic motion

A piece of God’s personality
Emphasis on the “person”
Someone whom God loves dearly
Someone whom God died for
And wants to know deeply

Do they make you uncomfortable?
Good.
Why is that?
Who are you that rains down judgement?

You are not the judge
You are no chieftain
You are no almighty
You are no Lord

You are no great surveyor of the cosmos
You are no speaker of everlasting life
You did not form something from nothing
You have no real power here

Let’s thank God for that
Let’s thank God
He who has a plan
for the lowly and oppressed
He who knows our mess

When we cry from the rubble
He hears us and the rocks
groan along for His return

This is a person you are looking at
Not a punchline
A piece of God’s personality
Emphasis on the “person”

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