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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Persuasion (not about the book) (09/01/11)

TITLE: The Wrong Choice
By Melanie Kerr
09/08/11


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History tells its own bleak story
Of the time I made my choice
But history’s written by the victors
Stamping out the other’s voice

I walked with Jesus, witnessed wonders
Marvels man has never seen
Watched as crowds began to follow
Words of freedom from Him glean

My enemy was ever earthly
Roman ways that scarred my land
With Jesus King, Rome would surrender
This the triumph that I planned

I came to see that Jesus’ kingdom
Had no place for such as I
To be the last and serve the least
The self within refused to die

But if God was on Jesus’ side why
Did His words cause enmity?
This Prince of Peace caused tides of anger
Aggression and hostility

I let myself become persuaded
Jesus was a dangerous man
The priests and scribes, united loathed Him
To silence Him became their plan

Some say that evil lurked within me
The devil spoke and I obeyed
For just one bag of filthy money
I kissed His cheek and then betrayed

Did I conceive His crucifixion?
Think angel hosts would set him free?
With guilt and shame churned deep inside
I sought a rope and found a tree

If I could play the scene all over
Would I choose a different road?
Let faith persuade me – Christ Messiah
The love of God through him has flowed


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Bryan Ridenour09/08/11
I'm sure knowing what Judas knows now he would have gladly chosen a different road. Well written.
Allison Egley 09/08/11
Oh, this is good. I like it.
CD Swanson 09/09/11
Beautifully done. I truly enjoyed this. God Bless~
Karen Pourbabaee 09/11/11
The ultimate evil persuasion...great for the topic and very well done!
Linda Goergen09/13/11
Excellent poem and I agree with Bryan.
Lillian Rhoades 09/14/11
Creative accounting of Jesus' betrayal. Thought I detected a missed beat here: "But if God was on Jesus' side why...

What about "while" instead of "with" in the ninth stanza, third line?

Loved many of the lines; among my favorite -" My enemy was ever earthly." Something about that line that rings true far too often for me today.
Lillian Rhoades 09/14/11
Correction: Eighth stanza
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 09/15/11
I really enjoyed reading this possible POV Congratulations for ranking 10th in Masters and 18th overall.