When I Say I Am A Christian Essay

1069 Words Jun 16th, 2015 5 Pages
Do you have to be a Christian to love Jesus? Or can Jesus alone be your salvation? The juxtaposition of these two poems speak of the same faith and adulation for their savior, Jesus, with guileful compositions of language and expression. In the poem “Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus,” by Jefferson Bethke, the poet believes you can love Jesus and announce your devotion to the lord without being devoted to a group of “man-made” religious organization ( Bethke 2012). And in the poem, “When I Say I Am a Christian,” by Carol Wimmer, she relies on the structure of religion, Christianity, as a crutch for all of life’s struggles. What makes these two poems similar, yet unique is their ability to stream their style in todays modern world. Bethke and Wimmer created rhythm through rhymes to intensify their convictions, but Bethke uses metaphors while Wimmer expresses her emotions with the use of a repetitive style to emphasize her sense of urgency. Together through metaphors and rhymes, the poems elucidate a message of the power of hope and light at the end of the tunnel. Jefferson Bethke’s poem comprises of multitudes of metaphors and rhymes to compel his deep belief of loving Jesus without having to be attached to a religion that dictates your actions or inactions. Bethke explicates religion in these spoken words: “Because if grace is water, then church should be an ocean, it’s not a museum for good people, it’s a hospital for the broken” ( Bethke 2012 ). He expresses that the…

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