Friday, December 16, 2005


Jonahs we never heard of,
crying out in other Ninevehs,
     “Repent!” — unheeded.
Noahs unremembered,
who preached to generations
     resolute to be lost.

What unknown Job,
his name not handed down,
carried the pure heart
     of Adam’s faith
     through fallen cities
          of buried civilizations?

So fell Jericho,
and who ministered to Rahab
     we do not know.
But in this silence,
in this failure of memory,
     we must not judge God.


It's an answer, of sorts, to the "what about the pygmies" objection.

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