The Word for Writers
RE: critiquing spiritual poetry
by T. M. Lowry
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Hello fellow Christian poets,
I mean not to offend any one with my comments, while at the same time I make no apologies.
In general, happy poems of faith are wonderful. They attempt to let the reader know the writer's intent and belief.
However, I often find poems claiming to be that of the spirit too shallow to be those of true spiritual quality. Most are weak in nature and lack spiritual depth. Much of the "spiritual" poetry I read appears as if the writers are writing just for the sake of sounding spiritual, using key words such as God, Christ, Faith, Love, His Light etc.
I am not passing judgment but personally, I seek a much deeper message from spiritual poetry.
There are many different styles, forms and ways of writing and by no means am I an expert. That being said, to me many poets merely write (what sounds like) whimsical gibberish and call it spiritual poetry. In my opinion, (and this is what critiquing is all about) spiritual poetry should utterly awaken another soul. It should inspire the reader to get into the true word of God. True spiritual poetry should burn bright with God's oil, enabling those lost in this darkened age to see clearly the path unto Christ.
As a Christian poet, I understand the urgency of wanting to tell the world about Christ. However, by the very importance of such, Christian poets should write poetry containing a strong spiritual message, not trite nonsense that shines a dim light upon Christian poetry.
Christian poetry needs to stand strong with the words of God's meat not words that sit there like a puddle of sour milk. Such need to grow up and get past the bottled milk stage. Become spiritually mature. Get into the real meat of God's word.
Spiritual words are seeds of strong statements sounding loud God's trumpet; not just some happy sounding words that will certainly get washed away in these tough latter days. Therefore, one must sow strong seeds of God's Word through spiritual poetry. Words containing healthy seeds for the Latter Day Rain. Naturally not every seed planted takes root but as a Christian, we need to broadcast strong seed for the harvest while only God can make them grow.
At the same time, look at the firestorm Mel Gibson's movie caused. This should have made it obvious to the whole world that the louder one speaks out for Christ the more hostile criticism you will endure. Nevertheless, this is exactly where the words of Christ need make one strong. This is also where spiritual poetry should make the reader understand and feel the awesome power and strength as one of Christ's Spiritual Warriors. Know that Satan and his evil spirits tremble at the True Word of God as God has given us the power over such (Luke 10:19).
As a Christian, you need to realize and understand the spiritual war we are fighting and who the real enemy is, E.G. the ACLU. (Such groups are not playing games. They intend to bring down Christianity using the four hidden dynasties, one of which is the political system) In this regard, when writing spiritual poetry, one should make the strong and clear statement as to "whose side you stand". Do not be ashamed to make strong statements in the name of Christ yet be spiritually ready as you defend Christ's Word. Prepare your spirit for empowering His name.
This world is a time full of hatred against Christ. So when you walk in Christ's footsteps understand there are those that will try and verbally crucify you. Albeit, this is why God has given us His Spiritual Armor of God. (Ephesians 6:10-17) The helmet of salvation, the breastplate of righteousness, the belt of truth, the shield of faith, the sword of His word.
Lacking this armor and true faith in God, you will find yourselves defenseless facing the evidence of Satan's pure evil. Either you stand as a Christ man (no gender intended) and follow Christ or you give in to Satan and these earthly possessions. You either, live for God's spiritual rewards through faith in Christ or you live for this temporal life's earthly tenure.
While many people claim to believe in the True Christ Jesus they in fact follow the false one. By this very reason, we are in a spiritual war. You must know who your enemy is at all times and not be in fear of them. (("for God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of prudence)(Therefore, do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord"(II Timothy 1:7-8))
I have witnessed the enemy; they hide behind such things as political correctness. True Christians do not turn the other cheek when the enemy slaps them; they slap back. True Christian's turn the other cheek only if they have offended another true Christian. They do not turn away when they have offended the enemy.
If you read the Bible with discernment, rightly dividing the word of God (reverting to the original manuscript of Greek, Aramaic, and Hebrew) you know Satan and his evil spirits come against any one who stands for God's word. By which you also should know that Satan appears on earth first (before the Second Coming of the True Christ) defacto, claiming to be Christ. Satan can quote the Bible better than most Christians although he twist's it just enough that if you are not skilled and learned in God's word you will certainly be deceived (Matthew 4:6). Strong faith in the True Christ Jesus is one step in God's direction.
While having this short time allotted by God to reside within these mortal bodies, it is our carnal opportunity to prove our selves to Him, worthy of His spiritual everlasting life with Christ. Be not afraid of testimony for our Lord. ((Paul's example 2nd Timothy 1:6-9) (Be not ashamed of the gospel, Romans 1:16-17))
As a Christian poet myself, these are just a few reasons why I take spiritual and Christian poetry so seriously. Spiritual poetry should not lack spiritual substance for the reader. While even my own work does not always carry a deep spiritual message; I try to target each piece. This is why, (again my opinion) if you claim your poetry to be spiritual then it should, at the very least, be written with the strength of one who is just that; A Spiritual Warrior for Christ.
Be of strong faith; keep writing in His design.
T. M. Lowry
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I really needed to read this. There's going to be a Poetry Jam session for the singles conference in my church in a week and a half and I wanted to create one to read. But I wanted it to impact the singles. Thank you, this blessed me.
I feel the same way you do. I hope every christian poetry writer gets the chance to read your article.
So true that we must be intimately closer to our God now than ever before so we will be prepared for the raging spiritual battles we are sure to endure while we are still breathing on this earth. Amen and let God permeate our hearts, minds and souls with Who He is so we may pass it on (in our words of poetry and prose if that is our gift) as we gather the Harvest so ready for gathering. The laborers are few, but please Lord, let me be counted in their number! The sooner we get the job done, the sooner we go Home and finally meet our blessed Savior Face to face. Sincerely, Jody
Good reminder.Thanks for the exhortation! If you read any of mine, feel free to critique via my personal messenger or at firstname.lastname@example.org