JOHN BROWN’S DEMISE
(Profile of a church fight)
-A. Ralph Johnson
John stood before the mirror, long,
Admiring his physique,
Then crawled beneath the covers
And drifted off to sleep.
But shortly hence a bicep gave
A self-appraising twitch
And boasted its importance, GREAT,
To keep the frame in pitch.
This irritated very much
The haughty collar bone
Who sneered and said the muscle’s use
Was due to him alone.
The backbone stiffened in surprise
And bowed the frame in rage,
Such idiots knew, ‘twas HIS support,
Preserving youthful age!
The lungs gasped sharply ‘gainst such cant;
The stomach raised a fuss;
The nose gave a snort, and the tongue declared,
“THEY HAVE NO NEED OF US!”
The liver quivered with bilious wrath
And bitterly proclaimed--
“The tongue’s a boastful fellow-
In need of being tamed!”
The eyes and ears joined with the mouth
And took an angry vow,
While feet and legs began to kick
And spread the general row.
The kidney then denounced the heart
As “never being right”
And all the joints together moved
To get into the fight.
The struggle grew to dreadful heights
With flailing arms and fists:
With ripping nails and gnashing teeth
And frightful jerks and twists.
Each member bent himself to win--
His “rights” so “long past due”,
Resolving ne’r to give an inch
While others held their view.
How strong each was!
They ALL held out!
Not one would yield his “side.”
Their “dignity” was kept intact--
BUT THE BODY UP AND DIED!
(cf. Gal. 5:15; 1Cor. 12:12-27; Eph. 4:16)