Pilgrim Pathways: Notes for a Diaspora People

Incarnational Discipleship

Raise High the Cross of Jesus (based on Eph. 6:11-17).

Raise High the Cross of Jesus

Raise high the cross of Jesus for pow’rs and all to see.
The forces of grim darkness before its flashing flee.
Let presidents and princes attend his just decree
“Whatever you have done to these you’ve truly done to me.”

Put on the mighty armor of God whose cause is first
His justice and compassion for those who hunger, thirst,
And cry against oppression, “How long, O Lord, how long?”
Enlisted in his services, we are his army strong.

Put on the belt of truth now — its power will not cease —
The breastplate of his justice, the marching boots of peace,
The helmet of salvation, and “keep the faith” your shield,
And blazing sword of God’s own word, then none shall make us yield.

Christ leads us in the battle ‘gainst principalities
And pow’rs who care for nothing but profits, wealth and ease,
Who let his children languish in poverty and pain,
And ravish his creation for their monetary gain.

We march in Christ’s own army whose enemy is war.
No swords or guns or bombers are wielded by this corps.
Our arms are light. Our orders are “speak the truth to pow’r.”
We’ll see his peace and justice in his final vict’ry hour.

Raise high the cross of Jesus for pow’rs and all to see.
The forces of grim darkness before its flashing flee.
Let presidents and princes attend his just decree
“Whatever you have done for these you’ve truly done for me.”

All Rights Reserved 2005 John Schimminger
johnwschimminger@yahoo.com

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July 4, 2010 - Posted by | hymns, pacifism, peace, worship

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