30, a collection of poems by Jaachi Anyatonwu banner

We are given the freedom to choose. We have the ability to sin—to make choices that are against the teachings of God. Church is not a meeting place for saints, but a hospital for sinners. The worst sin you can commit is to say no to God. It is a “Son” issue, not a “sin” issue. You will find hypocrites in the church because we are all sinners. You will also find people who are trying to live their life according to the teachings of Jesus Christ.

this is church

choking sometimes
by doctrines & dogmas

boring most times
by traditions that dull minds

parasitic other times
just another social gathering

of hypocrites
who are pious
only on sunday morning

like spinster sister sochima
with the voice of a cherub
who takes us to heaven & back
with soul lifting worship
in the same manner she rides
brother peter to the moon & back,
every sunday
night

like father alex
with the most immaculate cassock
drop holy communion on the lips
of twelve year old emeka & his parents
reminds faithfuls ‘you’re god’s assets…
‘trust in the Lord!’
in the same manner he thrusts
emeka’s ass end, with his rod

like deacon odinkemere
philanthropist member
beloved my pastor and members
who lifts holy hands
& drop sumptuous in the offering box
in the same manner he lifts heavy hands
& drop slaps, & throw jabs on his wife,
deacons dibeya

like you
that hide under the cover of his grace
to kiss a frog, or sleep on delila’s laps

like me
like all of us

this is church

choking sometimes
by doctrines & dogmas

boring most times
by traditions that dull minds

parasitic other times
just another social gathering
of hypocrites
who are pious
only on sunday morning

selah

FOOTNOTE

Every organization, including the church, will have some who are insincere or who are there for ulterior motives, as Jesus suggested with his reference to the tares found in the wheat (Matt. 13:14-30). But don’t ever let that hold you back from your enthusiasm for the church. My pastor once told me, “Never let a hypocrite stand between you and God, otherwise they’ll be standing closer to God than you are.” The person who has flaws but is humbly trying to serve God, is far better off than the person who shakes their finger in judgment and does nothing.

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Jaachi Anyatonwu
Jaachi Anyatonwu is a poet, editor, and publisher living in the suburbs of Aba. He is the author of numerous poetry chapbooks and collections, and the Editor-In-Chief of Poemify Publishers Inc. Jaachi is passionate about discovering new voices and mentoring emerging poets. He is also a fierce advocate for the boy child and sexually molested.

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