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Jacobís Ladder
Author: Mark Spencer

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Mistakes are made by everyone,
No soul is free of sin.
But when a sin has been exposed,
The judgment will begin.

For if it goes against the grain
Of the majority,
Then man assumes the right to judge,
With due authority.

And judge he will, anotherís sins,
His heart as hard as stone.
For he forgets to look within,
And make his own sins known.

Itís easier to redirect
The judgment of his peers,
To someone elseís trespasses,
So he wonít face their jeers.

He makes believe his ire is just,
And so, will not relent.
He disregards a penance paid,
And snubs those who repent.

The bible warns us not to judge,
But what is its true goal?
Should we not judge the actions of
An unrepentant soul?

If we did not, the world would be
A different kind of place.
Where sin would grow out of control,
To leave us in disgrace.

But God gave us discerning hearts,
So we can rightly choose.
To know the spirit of a man,
The wise must see the clues.

Did the accused repeat his crime?
Is evil still his choice?
If it is not, then is it right
To take away his voice?

Condemning those who turn away
From the unrighteous path,
Will nullify our own defense,
When we face judgmentís wrath.

A guilty charge before that Judge,
Will be the rich manís fate.
Begging a drop of water for
A thirst he canít abate.

And he will see, at heavenís gate,
The soul whom he begrudged.
Looking down from Jacobís ladder,
At the fate of his judge.

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Comments on this poem/writing:

Wess (72.35.140.6) -- Sunday, January 18 2015, 03:40 am

So true!

People love their scapegoats! I knew a guy who was caught buying alcohol for minors. He was 21 at the time, and the minors were his brother and his girlfriend. The girlfriend's parents caught them, and the girl implicated the boyfriend's brother. Her parents pressed charges. Even after a decade passed, people in the church both families attended treated the older brother like he was still in the habit of buying alcohol for children, even though he repented, and never did it again. This is a great poem my friend!
 
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