As a young man I have grown to love poems.  It is one of the most beautiful gifts I believe the Lord has given mankind.  Finding words to express the deepest desires and intents of man.  However, I noticed something as I grew, that not all these words of beautiful expressions represent truth.

A famous poet in my country expressed one of his sentiments in this way through a poem he wrote,

“On this dirty patch

A tree once stood

Shedding incense on the infant corn:

Its boughs stretched across a heaven

Brightened by the last fires of a tribe.

They sent surveyors and builders

Who cut that tree

Planting in its place

A huge senseless cathedral of doom”

The first time I read this poem about 10 years ago, I was full of admiration at the craftsmanship of this great poet.  However, as time passed I saw he was wrong.

The Illumination: John 4:19-22 (emphasis added)

In John’s gospel, a story is told of Jesus meeting with a Samaritan and the woman asked this question, “Sir, I see that You are a prophet.  Our fathers worshipped on this mountain, but you Jews say that the place where one ought to worship is in Jerusalem [at the temple]?”

This was a question on a claim of a nation.  This claim was declared to be an absolute truth by one nation and disputed by another.  When it comes to answering questions about absolutes, I am convinced there is none other than Christ who can give the best answer. So this is what Jesus said

“Woman, believe Me, a time is coming [when God’s kingdom comes] when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You [Samaritans] DO NOT know what you worship, we [Jews] DO KNOW what we worship, for salvation is from the Jews.”

The Lesson

Then it dawned on me, that an entire nation can get their belief system wrong.  If that is the case, then for a nation to hold on to it dead and useless belief system is baseless and senseless.  If truth appears, it is a must for all to cling to it.

In the entire earth, God said, it was only one nation that knew the One true God.  This has been evident in the history annals with this group of people churning out over 90% of the world’s solutions. 

If this is the case, then cutting the tree that shed its incense on the infant corn, albeit it boughs stretching across a heaven, brightened by the last fire of a tribe was a good thing.  Do you know why, because in its place was built not a senseless cathedral, but a place of worship to introduce a lost nation to the One True God.

Does your nation believe in the one true God?  His name is Jesus Christ.  He is the one who died for our sins and rose again.  He is currently sitting at the right hand of the Father and He will come again to take those who have faith and trust in Him away from the great Day of Judgment.  Seek Him.


     Y.A.N. Mensah

Apostolic Teacher/Author/Public Speaker

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