Since anyone can find ways to keep some others out.
A border draw, a difference cite, then toss around some clout;
Pick race or cite a version of disability;
set down in holy books as if from eternity.
Once long ago an author who claimed to speak for God
wrote of disabled people, and said that they were bad;
He cited things he hated and made some specious rules.
All who now use them show that they’re just unloving fools.
For ages, sex and race have often been used as the fence.
“Show us your testicles.” or “Give further evidence.”
Who people love and how have been prime criteria.
These things and others like them are all extranea.
There is no place without God, no land unsanctified.
We all can pray for others, we all are qualified.
Draw near unto God’s altar, where none can be denied.
Leave judgment to the Lord and set all your rules aside.
Photo: by Elevate on Unsplash
Source: Leviticus 21:16-24
Text: David Alexander, 2021 CC BY-SA NC 4.0
Tune: Ely Cathedral , Public Domain
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