no haloes required

many revere saints from older times but we are in danger of idolising their supposed virtues. church historians and evangelical enthusiasts often air-brush out their flaws and failings. in the end of the day, the bible states that  all who believe in Christ are saints…

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    what drove ancient monks – biblical belief?
    or was their faith mere bas-relief?
    was compassion shown by simple signs,
    beyond strict discipline and famous designs?

    did God impact their circumstances,
    was mercy shown in second chances?
    what did they pray while ink illuminating?
    did they flounce in robes, berating
    lazy laity and arrogant royalty?
    did God see true love and loyalty?
    how many monks were faith martyred?
    how many gospel bearing boats chartered?

    did curraghs truly travel the Atlantic,
    were false tales told by religious romantic?
    did Patrick really banish slithery snakes,
    cast them hard into deep and fiery lakes?
    fallible are we, mixing fact and fiction,
    God needs no gravitas, nor pious diction.
    all biblical believers are equally saints:
    no haloes required, nor stories quaint.
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    “Love God, all you saints; God takes care of all
    who stay close to him, But he pays back in full
    those arrogant enough to go it alone.” – Psalm 31:23

    image: katyzhu.com

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