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The Kingdom of Leaven? No Thanks.
You say that faith
is the stuff of mustard seeds
That the Kingdom of Heaven
is the Kingdom of Leaven
I want faith that
is the stuff of concrete
of measurable results
of the evening news
Please just give me a Kingdom
that actually looks like a Kingdom
You come to us with stories
No thanks, I'd like some answers
You present us with a dirt path
a winding, rocky, endless path
No thanks, I'd prefer an academy degree
You tell me "It is finished"
yet, with a smirk
You say to me it is still under construction
You tell me that I have been and forever am perfected
yet, with a smirk
You say to me that there's a lot left to be done
I want to taste what is promised
I don't want to walk what is demanded
If it is already,
let it be already, already!
If it is not yet
let me be in my notyetness
Which one shall I accept
already or not yet?
In some muddled parable I think
you said yes with a wink
Or... may it was no
Either way, I might add
Can I introduce you, please
to my microwave
to my wi-fi
to my drive-thru
to magazine covers
to 22-minute sitcoms
to lazer hair removal
to overnight millionaires
to online degrees
to all the secrets of passing the MAT?
Can I introduce you, kindly
in the paper on my wall
in a mp3 of my last sermon
in some of the materials I have written
in some photos of my mission trips
in the names of those I have influenced
in a few quote from my admirers
in a conversation about all that I know
in a discussion about my library
in some evidence of my great superiority?
"You keep praying to me saying, 'your will be done'
You keep entreating, 'your kingdom come'
You keep insisting that this happens 'on earth'"
"I know you're not sure what you expect that to mean
Just know it is much different than what will be
And I am answering you anyway"
"The Kingdom of Leaven can be yours
the religion of seeds is at hand
To live, you will have to die
when dead you'll finally be alive
To know, you'll have to get lost
when displaced you'll finally be home"
"If you are willing, follow me"
"But if you want answers
You'll just have to follow you"
to be at peace in the mess
to rest comfortably in the sanctifying process
to be content with the Wind blowing as it pleases
to wander as a citizen of the Kingdom of Leaven.