(Clearing out clutter, came across this bit of doggerel written on a church bulletin from the Thirteenth Sundy after Pentecost (August 10, 2008). It's written in response to the Old Testament lesson, I Kings, chaapter 19, starting at the 9th verse. It's just an example of how I argue with Scripture.)
Why are you here, asked God
I am alone--no one is with me, said Elijah
And God gives him no compatriots
And violent murdering heirs at that.
God, if violence is my legacy
Give me no heirs
If those who come after me are charge to kill
Forget me and leave me out of it.
Except Elijah heard God in silence
Not in wind, earthquake or fire
In silence--but not in peace?
An oracle I reject
In peace, let us pray to the Lord
Lord have mercy on those
Elijah's heirs would kill
Come to us now.