Pearls and Swine

It’s funny the things that we give up
Give up to our enemies
Give up to those who hate us
Often we don’t think we’ve lost
anything of value
anything at all
and so we think we’re being…
Well I’m not sure what we think.

We give up words
As if they have no power
As if they have no value
As if they do not matter.
We agree to faulty definitions
And then attack
With our enemies
(now our “friends”)
The straw man they created
And we supported.

We give up words
And think we have lost nothing
Words like
Man,
Woman,
and religion.

We attack our own with no cause
To make a point
A point that is right
And good
But we give up our treasures
We give them up
We give up our words
And with it a piece of us

We say that because
Jesus
Hated hypocrites
And attacked religious leaders
For their hypocrisy
That He hated religion
And that religion must be
a problem
But the heart of man
Is the problem
Not religion.

We say that a man
is many things
that he is not
And we change it
every year
seemingly to move with
some cultural tide
that drags itself
down to death
but what it means
to be a man,
or a woman
has never changed
and words are lost
as we give in
as we give up

This is not us being clever
This is not us being astute
This is not us being faithful.

Pure religion is religion
Widows,
Orphans,
Distress

Do not give up your treasure
Seeking to be closer
to God
When God Himself
Gave your fathers that very treasure

Words have meaning
Words have power
Be suspicious of yourself
Whenever you depart
From what was handed down
By trust-worthy men.

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