i was hungry

I was hungry,
and you formed a humanities group to discuss my hunger.

I was imprisoned,
and you crept off quietly to your chapel and prayed for my release.

I was naked,
and in your mind you debated the morality of my appearance.

I was sick,
and you knelt and thanked God for your health.

I was homeless,
and you preached to me of the spiritual shelter of the love of God.

I was lonely,
and you left me alone to pray for me.

You seem so holy, so close to God
but I am still very hungry-and lonely-and cold.

-written by a homeless woman and taken from John Stott’s book “Human Rights & Human Wrongs: Major issues for a new century.” Part of my research for my Senior Seminar paper.


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