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The Ultimate Sacrifice

July 13, 2013
By Jade.I.Am ELITE, Fishers, Indiana
Jade.I.Am ELITE, Fishers, Indiana
214 articles 14 photos 1163 comments

Favorite Quote:
“If you're losing your soul and you know it, then you've still got a soul left to lose”
― Charles Bukowski


I think part of me has always known
A bit of sacrifice
All along,
A tiny bit given here, another there, pieces of myself
Scattered throughout this life,
To different people for different reasons,
And that takes a measure of trust.
But not too much,
Or else what did you risk, what did you sacrifice,
At all,
If you knew perfectly the result?
Sometimes there is no guarantee that what we believe in
Will save us,
There are things we would die for
That would let us die,
But we did not give ourselves to martyrdom selfishly,
We did it for reasons
Beyond self-gratification and security.
Life on the edge
Is living for something you would taste death for
When those who persecute you
Finally decide that they’ve had it with your strange ways,
That unassumingly mock their own ideals.
And we die not only for an idea
But those who are too scared, yet, to fight on their own
And we do it for those
Who harm us,
That they might see true courage, and they might see
What we’re fighting for
And why,
Because it starts with sacrifice and it ends
With new life.


The author's comments:
This is about representing Jesus Christ as best we can in a world that has the wrong idea of Christianity. "The ultimate sacrifice" is Jesus dying on the cross for us, but the point of the poem is that we should be ready to suffer for him, as he did for us.

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on Jul. 28 2013 at 10:50 pm
Jade.I.Am ELITE, Fishers, Indiana
214 articles 14 photos 1163 comments

Favorite Quote:
“If you're losing your soul and you know it, then you've still got a soul left to lose”
― Charles Bukowski

No problem! I'm glad people appreciate it :)

on Jul. 28 2013 at 7:45 pm
Stella_Val_Illicia GOLD, Salt Lake City, Utah
13 articles 0 photos 248 comments

Favorite Quote:
"In the beginning, the universe was created. This has made a lot of people angry and been widely regarded as a bad idea."
--Douglas Adams

You have really gotten to the heart of religion and described it in a way that I never really thought about it before... great job for making me think; I love it when people make me think with their poetry :) and how sacrifice isn't about being known for what you did but for why you did it. Thanks for writing this!

on Jul. 22 2013 at 8:53 pm
Carpe-Caffeam GOLD, No Where, Florida
10 articles 0 photos 445 comments

Favorite Quote:
“If it weren’t for the coffee, I’d have no identifiable personality whatsoever.” –David Letterman

I love how you took Christianity and basically answered the question, "Why die for Christianity? Why suffer for one's religion?" I think this is just beautiful! I was already in support of all your written work, but hey, this just reeled me in further. XD


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