Unconditional Love

Unconditional love

Is often quite conditional

Inside our selectively gracious hearts

We withhold due to traditions and fears

Loving sinners but not the sin

Yet we choose the sins we love to hate

We hate the sins we can’t overcome

The ones we deny any knowledge of

The ones we refuse to face

Our self loathing turned into judgement

Spewing verses and regurgitated sermon notes

Until we alienate and polarize communities

Placing the reasoning on the cross

But forgetting the forgiveness that it stands for

We hide out in our white washed guilt

With pointing fingers stretched thin

Judgement reserved for those we know the least about

Handing out scarlet letters like Valentines

Then preaching a message of a loving Kingdom in the sky

Our heaven becomes a gated community

A self-righteous cul-de-sac

Excluding the the ones who make us feel awkward

For the sake of a comfortable eternal retirement


Jeremy Ritch
Jeremy Ritch is a published writer and poet currently traveling the U.S. working on their next book. Jeremy has had many interesting life experiences and you can hear about some of them on Episode 3 of The Farsighted Podcast. You can get your hands on Jeremy's collections of poetry at their Lulu store. If you prefer you books digitally, Sidewalk Stories and Other Poems is available for Kindle at a discount price. They have a variety of other works all over the world wide web, as well. The long and the short of it is that Jeremy likes to write and we all like to read what Jeremy writes.
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One Reply to “Unconditional Love”

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    Josh Cripps

    It’s obvious that some great thought went in to this. You have a gift for (and sorry for the rhyme) “judging the believin’, not the heathen” as we have been directed to do. Thanks for ALWAYS being inclusive of the excluded and knowing what holding others accountable is really all about. Wise words. Wise flowing words. Great job J.

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