Stewart Acuff

Sep 25

Righteousness

Written by Stewart Acuff

Righteousness

Working tonight on The Word using the
The Bible to show God is Love
And that Jesus the Carpenter reserved
The biggest part of his heart for the poor,
The alien – legal – or not, the despised, the
Oppressed, and children.
Makes you wonder how many of those
Claiming God’s mantle ever opened the
Book. Reckon they ever read about
Serving God and Wealth being
Impossible or while drawing in the Dirt
The Carpenter asking the one without
Sin to throw the first stone at the
Woman who’d sinned.
Reckon those who are most pious and
Sure of their Holiness know what the
Son of Man thought of the Pharisees
Who beat their breasts when they prayed?
Reckon the righteous and pious know that
Micah in the Old Testament said.

“What does the Lord require of you but to do
Justice, and to love kindness, and to
Walk Humbly with your God?”
Or do you reckon the righteous pious
Read that you cannot serve both
God and money?
I don’t know much about all this because
The way I read it the Carpenter had supper
Most nights by stripping grain from the stalk
And rubbing it between his hard, calloused
Hands, eating the kernels and throwin’ the
Chaff to the wind, not worried about what
He wore or where he slept.
And I know the rich and powerful haven’t
Read that part about how we’ll be
Judged some day by what we did for those
Who couldn’t do for themselves.
I don’t know about you, but I’ll take the
Carpenter any day over the money changer.

© Creative Commons Copyright 2012

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Stewart Acuff is America’s best-known and foremost labor organizer. He is the former organizing Director of the AFL-CIO. Acuff has also written two books: Playing Bigger Than You Are: A Life in Organizing, and Getting America Back to Work, coauthored by Dr. Richard Levins.

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