This is a poem to be acted out while one or several other youth read.
Henry: Dressed in a “Christian T-Shirt”, carries a big Bible wherever he goes. He has a huge cross around his neck and stickers all over His backpack, declaring Jesus is the Way. He carries a radio always tuned in to Christian Music.
Henry Hypocrite seemed like a holy guy, indeed.
He prayed so much he wore out his jeans
He dressed in clothes that advertised how holy he was
The cross around his neck was his declaration of love.
He carried a big Bible and loved to share the Word
Henry would tell you how his faith was like a sword.
His backpack was loaded with tracks about salvation
I know his radio was always turned to the Christian station.
But Henry, for all the we could see
Was not the guy that he pretended to be
I’m not sure if Henry really knew the truth about himself
But for those looking on, it was clear he needed help.
Henry might have dressed in all the right clothes
But he sure had a problem with his great big nose.
Getting into everyone’s business and passing on news
Made others shy away from Henry’s holy moves.
Henry carried a Bible, as we have declared
But his mouth was like a gutter & he didn’t seem to care.
He said it was okay, every one did it.
Said he could stop if he wanted, but his heart wasn’t in it.
But then Henry would kneel and address his Lord as such.
“O, Father, you know I’m a good guy You can trust.”
I said my prayers this morning, reminding You of my goodness.
I kissed my mom goodbye and cleaned up the dog’s mess.
Lord, You know I didn’t study for that test today
Reading my Bible, I was up way too late
So help me, I pray, to ace that exam
To prove to everyone what a great guy I am.
Oh, and Lord, thanks that I’m not like Nick and Jim
Who are always smoking behind the girl’s gym.
And thanks that I get to sing in church on Sunday
I’ll make You look good with my great song of praise.”
Henry sure loved to pass out those tracks about Jesus
But I never saw him hug a person who might need it.
In fact, Henry seemed to be more worried about himself
Always putting his friends on a shelf.
Henry’s cross was a big problem for those in his path
He would make sure people noticed or they would see his wrath.
Henry didn’t care who got in his way
Jesus was the answer, no matter what anyone had to say.
Then one day it happened, a miracle to be seen
It was like we were all in one big dream
Henry came to school without his Jesus shirt on
His arms were empty; no tracks, no music, even his Bible was gone.
Henry looked different, maybe he was sick
Then we thought maybe he was up to some new trick.
That was until we saw something we thought we’d never see
Henry? Was he helping people in need?
Miss Humbly had dropped all her books on the floor
And Henry picked them up and opened her door.
Next came something we beheld with amazement
Henry speaking to the girl whose clothes were ancient.
Messy Bessie was the girl that everyone ignored,
But Henry smiled and asked, “Would you like help with your report?”’
We were all in shock at this new sight
We wondered what happened to Henry in the night.
Then as he came closer we could see the change
Henry Hypocrite had a new name.
He told us that he had been wrong
Figured it out as he practiced his praise song.
Being like Jesus isn’t about how much gear we can carry
It’s not about making sure the world sees us as holy
It’s making sure we are holy inside
Being willing to lay down our self and our pride.
It’s about being humble and gentle and caring
No matter what the other guy is wearing.
It’s about compassion and understanding
Not about how great we can sing.
It’s about being able to love the unlovely
Setting the example that Jesus set for us when He died.
Henry knows now that his witness must be true
To be the light of Jesus for me and for you.
Henry Hypocrite he is no more
For Henry became a true servant of the Lord.
He laid down his life and all of his pride
And now walks in a way that lifts Jesus up high.