Goodbye Formula Jesus — A Poem

Goodbye Formula Jesus

By Stephanie Long

I got so used to

writing formula Jesus,

I forgot how

to write the truth.

I got so used to

wrapping him in a bow,

I forgot he

can’t be contained.

I got so used to

cleaning him up,

I forgot he

lives in the mess.

I got so used to

pray, read your Bible, give, serve,

I forgot a relationship

is not a checklist.

So goodbye formula Jesus

a figment of our creation,

and hello better Jesus

who loves the ones we hate.