Look not at his divinity,
But look, rather, at his freedom.
Look not at the exaggerated tales of his power,
But look, rather, at his infinite capacity to give himself away.
Look not at the first-century mythology that surrounds him,
But look, rather, at his courage to be,
His ability to live,
The contagious quality of his love.
Stop your frantic search!
Be still and know that this is God:
And when you are accepted,
When you are forgiven,
When you are loved,
Grasp the Christpower
And dare to be yourself!
BY John S. Spong
In my attempt to separate the essence of the Christ from the interpretive creeds, doctrines, and dogmas of the Church, this poem has been the basis for my studies and spiritual journey for the last thirty years.