While children's poetry is an unusual form for a Leadership article, this is what emerged after reviewing Andrew Sullivan's thought provoking article, "The Forgotten Jesus," in the April 9 edition of Newsweek. I'm glad that the disparity of church behavior with the teachings of Jesus is becoming a prominent national conversation, but it is often framed as a false choice between either Jesus or the church. Still, Sullivan's piece is an important article on the institutional church and the gospel of Jesus in our current American context.
There once was a writer named Sullivan
who wanted to give Christ a mulligan,
so he said "people, please—ditch the Church so diseased,
and remember what Jesus taught us again!"
His article published in Newsweek,
caused Americans widely to now speak
about clergy corruption, and "Christian" eruptions
of behavior not loving or meek.
My thoughts on the matter? As follows:
his argument's not at all hollow,
the critique is well taken, "churchianity" shaken,
an indictment ...1