Nov 212011
 

I suggest reading this aloud to get a feel for the rhyming and the Seuss-ness of it. You could also click the giant orange button with the arrow and listen to me read it while you read along. Just like story time. It’s a real revisit-your-childhood moment.

 

I am Ken, Mission Ken.                                      

Mission Ken.  Mission Ken!
He is my friend that Mission Ken.

Do you like the folks with sin?

I do not like them, Mission Ken.
I do not like the folks with sin.

Would you like them here or there?

I would not like them here or there.
I would not like them anywhere.
I do not like the folks with sin.
I do not like them, Mission Ken.

Why don’t you like the folks with sin?            

Why don’t I like them? asks my friend.
The folks with sin, they sit in bars.
They drink their drinks, they drown their scars.
They cut their arms and hide their shame.
To be with them would soil my fame.
To talk to those who sit in bars,
My friends will think I’ve gone too far.

Would you bring them to your house?
To eat a meal and meet your spouse?

Not for a meal. Not in my house.
The risks are real for my spouse.
I would not meet them in a bar.
I would not bandage up their scars.
I would not risk the folks with sin.
I do not like them, Mission Ken.

Would you? Could you… meet their need?
Give them hope, help them be freed.

I would not, could not. They’re such a drain.
Always a bore and steeped in pain.

You may like them. Try, you’ll see.
You may like them.  Come with me?

I would not, could not go with you.
I have a life and stuff to do.
I do not like to see their pain.
I do not waste my time in vain.
I do not want them in my house.
I do not want them near my spouse.
I do not want friends of this sort.
I do not like to go to court.
I have a life and stuff to do.
I don’t have time to go with you.

A bench! A bench! A bench! A bench!
Would you meet one on a bench?

Not on a bench to make a scene!
To smell their stench of nicotine!
I would not, could not make a show.
Not in a place my friends would go.
I will not go and smell their stink.
What would all my church friends think?
I cannot ease their life of woe.
I am not God, just human so
I do not like the folks with sin.
I do not like them, Mission Ken.

Say! In the dark? Here in the dark!
Would you, could you, in the dark?

I would not, could not, in the dark.
Nor on a bench in a public park.

Would you, could you, in the rain?

I would not, could not in the rain.
Nor the musty hollow of a drain.
Not in a box beneath a bridge.
Not chains that lock at Prison Ridge.
Not in a bar, a park or club.
Not in my house, a car or pub.
I think to waste my precious time
on folks with sin would be a crime.
I do not like this lowly fare.
I do not like them anywhere.

Could you help them stay afloat?
Some of their burdens you could tote.

Those burdens are their own to reap.
They are the goats!  I am a sheep.
I can’t do what you talk about,
for in my church I have some clout.
The pastor there has given me
pats on the back and my own key.
If I wish to be on staff,
I can’t be seen with such riff-raff.

What would Jesus think today
if He saw you choose this path, this way?
Ignoring all the cries, would HE
condone your lazy apathy?

Jesus was a righteous lot,
A man whom sin would never spot.
He was without a blemish, Ken.
He was not like the folks with sin.

But Jesus loves the folks with sin.
He came to make them like His kin.
He came to meet their every need,
Die on a cross so they’d be freed.
When Jesus sees the folks with sin,
Nothing differs in you and them.
We all have sin, we all fall short.
Our hearts are black, we’re all the sort.
He came to cleanse us from this state
So that we would not medicate
Or drown or hide or cover or binge
Or be depressed or seek revenge

We’re not the same the two of us.
I do not drink or smoke or cuss.
I do not steal for my addiction.
I do not rage from this affliction.

Your sins are varied, it’s to be sure.
You think your life is wholly pure.
But gluttony, gossip and closet porn
are in your life. Your family’s torn.
Your hidden scheme, your hidden affair
Pull at your seams, fill you with care.
Look up, let go, let Jesus win.
He’ll free your soul. He’ll take your sin.
He’ll cut the chains that tie you down.
He’ll end the pain that makes you frown

Jesus Christ,
Righteous One
You truly are
God, The Son.
Make me whole.
Wash my heart.
Here’s my soul.
Let me restart.

You can! You will! he says with a grin.
I’ll take your heart. I’ll take your sin.
I’ll take this chance, tell you my plan.
Carry my tale wherever you can.
You’ve given your life and heart to me, Sam.
The people will see you just as I am.
Look in the mirror and see where you’ve been.
You’ll recognize YOU’RE the folks with the sin.

What do you think?

  • http://www.warrior-life.com ricklittreal

    Ken, that was absolutely fantastic. Powerful. What else can I say? It seems like God really poured into you in this post, man, and you hit me in the heart. Thanks.

    • http://www.ramblingbarba.com Ken Hagerman

      Thanks, my friend. The words just flowed. I am somewhat of a free-style rapper in my spare time so this was just a short leap. haha.

      • Anonymous

        Freestyle raper, eh? So I bet Eminem’s “8 Mile” really hit home, huh?

        • http://www.ramblingbarba.com Ken Hagerman

          They used to call me “Rabbit” but I don’t tell many people that.ha

  • http://www.ramblingbarba.com Ken Hagerman

    Thanks. I think I’m a goat a lot of times.

  • http://www.alise-write.com Alise Wright

    Oh my, that was the same line that had the tears spill over.

    Absolutely stunning.

    • http://www.ramblingbarba.com Ken Hagerman

      I am red-faced. Thanks so much. This was not my first adaptation, but my favorite so far.

  • http://twitter.com/ModernReject Nicole Cottrell

    Ken, this was so great. I’m a little speechless. I envy your talent in writing this. I think I was most struck by:
    “The pastor there has given me
    pats on the back and my own key.
    If I wish to be on staff,
    I can’t be seen with such riff-raff.”

    Oh man, so many people wrongly believe that “church” is performing, doing good, looking good, and being a church member. This is not the church. The church is God’s plan A to reach those with sin.

    Well done friend!

    • http://www.ramblingbarba.com Ken Hagerman

      Wow. Thank you. I have been convicted while editing this.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jacci-Wood/1348030334 Jacci Wood

    Wow! Wow! Wow! This was awesome!

    • http://www.ramblingbarba.com Ken Hagerman

      Thank you. I had this for about a month. I wanted to do the audio but I needed something the Grands were bringing.

  • Amberly

    Of course I love the writing, but I especially love the green guy with the cigar. Priceless.

    • http://www.ramblingbarba.com Ken Hagerman

      Yeah, I added the cigar for effect.

  • Sarah

    Pretty cool Cus! I can see this becoming a classic!

    • http://www.ramblingbarba.com Ken Hagerman

      Thank you very much. It seems to be stirring a little.

  • http://www.ramblingbarba.com Ken Hagerman

    Thanks my friend. It’s good to hear from you.

  • http://www.knoxmccoy.com Knox McCoy

    Um. I love this. Fantastic work, Ken!

    My fav:

    What would Jesus think today
    if He saw you choose this path, this way?
    Ignoring all the cries, would HE
    condone your lazy apathy?

    • http://www.ramblingbarba.com Ken Hagerman

      Thanks Knox your Monday Morning Meatloaf is one of my favorites always.

  • Jasonvsc

    Simply amazing!!!! Great job bro…we need the printed book w illustrations.

    • http://www.ramblingbarba.com Ken Hagerman

      Thanks. I appreciate that.

    • Anonymous

      I thought the same thing! There’s always .

  • justagirl

    I’m on God’s shitlist right now and am well aware of it so needless to say I am on the run from Him but this story still hit home.

    • http://www.ramblingbarba.com Ken Hagerman

      We all feel that way at times, however, there is nothing you can do to cause Him to love you less. He may have a plan for you but He will not love you less.

  • Trey

    Incredible! This was extremely grabbing and convicting, this should be posted on every church bulletin board. As far as a favorite quote from it that’s hard I mean it was all great and flowed so well… but if you’re gonna twist my arm…

    “But Jesus loves the folks with sin. He came to make them like His kin. He came to meet their every need, Die on a cross so they’d be freed. When Jesus sees the folks with sin, Nothing differs in you and them. We all have sin, we all fall short. Our hearts are black, we’re all the sort. He came to cleanse us from this state So that we would not medicate Or drown or hide or cover or binge Or be
    depressed or seek revenge”

    Awesome job Ken! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family aswell.

    • http://www.ramblingbarba.com Ken Hagerman

      Thanks Trey and Happy Thanksgiving to yall as well. The “or drown….or seek revenge” is probably my favorite because of the Seuss-ness of it’s sound aloud.

  • http://thecormierfamily.org/Jason Jason

    Awesome….needs to go viral…like NOW

    • http://www.ramblingbarba.com Ken Hagerman

      Thanks. I really liked how it turned out.

  • One Righteous Babe

    AH MAZING! (as usual El Barba) I would never delete or edit your comments! This was wonderful! Would you mind if I printed this out and read it to my church? I’ll give you 100% credit. Thank you so much for this. Christian Seuss was pretty darn good!

    • http://www.ramblingbarba.com Ken Hagerman

      I would be honored if ti were used that way. Tell your church to come and comment if it sparks a comment.

  • Arnyslight

    This was awesome! Ken…i found your comment on jeff goins site with micheal perkins guest post…and i just had to see this for my self! sooo good…

    i do something similar regulary on my blog…The Analogous Truth…i’ve done series on Star wars, Lord of the rings, transfomers movies…i recently did my twist of the famous Christmas poem twas the night before Christmas!

    bookmarking your site!

    God Bless!

    • http://www.ramblingbarba.com Ken Hagerman

      Thank you Sir. I will have to go check it out. I started a “twas the night before” but I just lost steam on it. Maybe next year.

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  • JButtWhatWhat

    Brilliant. And reading out loud for your readers? Brillianter.

    • http://www.ramblingbarba.com Ken Hagerman

      Thanks. I thought the “read me a story” audio was a good idea.

  • http://www.mamaworkinprogress.blogspot.com Courtney Buxton

    Well, this is absolute genius. I love it. Thank you!

    • http://www.ramblingbarba.com Ken Hagerman

      Thanks so much for stopping by.

  • belfast boy

    excellent :)

    • http://www.ramblingbarba.com Ken Hagerman

      Thanks and thanks for coming by.

  • austingilly

    Reminds me of a Matt Chandler quote “sin is not the cause, you are the cause. Sin is the effect”

    • http://www.ramblingbarba.com Ken Hagerman

      Great quote. Thanks for stopping by to read.

  • http://twitter.com/pootlesuzie Suzie Gallagher

    this is beautiful, I read it whilst listening to your audio track. I was mesmerised. You have a gift my friend, blessings

    • http://www.ramblingbarba.com Ken Hagerman

      Wow. Thanks so much.

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  • Jennwith2ns

    I think–this person is going to end up discovering they’re a folk with sin, too.

    For another evangelistic take on Green Eggs and Ham, here’s an old post I wrote at a now defunct blog: http://jennw2ns.blogspot.com/2009/12/green-eggs-and-jewish-carpenter-or-what.html

    • http://www.ramblingbarba.com Ken Hagerman

      “Look in the mirror and see where you’ve been.
      You’ll recognize YOU’RE the folks with the sin.”
      He did find that he was a Folk with Sin.

      I didn’t leave a comment over at the link since you said it was defunct. Thanks for the comments and the links…

  • http://deuceology.wordpress.com Larry Carter

    Whoa!!!! Barba that was awesome

    • http://www.ramblingbarba.com Ken Hagerman

      Thanks Larry.

  • Tabby LadyCrowe Downey

    This was pretty awesome! I love in Louisiana now, but lived for almost 7 years in Dacusville. A friend here told me about you guys. I love it and will be sharing!!

    • http://www.ramblingbarba.com Ken Hagerman

      Awesome. There are so many people in SC that don’t know about Dacusville it’s cool to have a someone find me on here. We loved it there. Thanks for the encouragement and for sharing. That is my hope for this post.

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