What Happens in Christ’s Church

What Happens in Christ’s Church


Loud rang the horror

Again and again within the walls

Violation percussive and personal

Peaceful prayers punctured

The intrusion of hate, evil granted free will

The privacy of faith expropriated

Stolen souls exploited as weapons

Of ideology and politics.


Loud rings the horror

Again and again across the world

The violation percussive and public

Private, prayerful care belittled

The intrusion of vanity granted free reign

The privacy of loss expropriated

Stolen lives exploited as weapons

Of politics and ideology.


“ Render to Caesar . . . .


About This:

In November 2008, Rahm Emmanual, advisor to then President Elect Obama, said:

“You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. … This crisis provides the opportunity for us to do things that you could not before.”

Those words came back to me in March 2019, as I observed political leaders around the world rush to exploit the public shock following the horror at the mosque in Christchurch. 

Leaving me wondering whether the murders, or the reaction, was the greater evil.

 © Philip Knight 2018