Poem of the Week: No Enemies by Charles Mackay

23 March 2012

{painting by Sir Frank Dicksee}

Below is an interesting poem that my father brought to my attention several days ago. In it, Mr. Mackay shows how if we are to be warriors for Christ, advancing His cause and His Word, than we must accept the fact that we will have enemies. Christ himself was put down by the Pharisees, who deemed Him to be breaking God's law. And yet, that did not stop Him from fulfilling the purpose for which God put Him on this earth. A man who goes around believing he has "no enemies" can only be called a coward, and not someone true men of God should desire to emulate.

No Enemies
By Charles Mackay (1814 — 1889)

YOU have no enemies, you say?
  Alas! my friend, the boast is poor;
He who has mingled in the fray
  Of duty, that the brave endure,
Must have made foes! If you have none,
Small is the work that you have done.
You’ve hit no traitor on the hip,
You’ve dashed no cup from perjured lip,
You’ve never turned the wrong to right,
You’ve been a coward in the fight.

Some interesting food for thought, yes? Please feel free to share any thoughts you have on this matter in the comment section below; I am always eager to hear your opinions.
"Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life; you stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes, with your right hand you save me." — Psalm 138:7

2 epistles:

  1. This poem really spoke to me Lizzy. Our priest at Church this Easter Sunday said in his sermon that we have been freed from death by Christ, and now we need to live our lives showing that freedom. There should be no transparency -- no one should have to wonder if we are or aren't a Christian.
    This is difficult for me, because I don't like drawing attention to myself, or making enemies. But, truly, if we aren't causing a stir, we aren't really sharing Christ's Light, are we? :)

    Liz B

  2. What a beautiful soul you are!


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