Imagine that He should be hated!
A brother so thoughtful and kind
A teacher with offers of Heaven
A fruitful and life-giving Vine.
He says we are grafted within Him
And all that He is, we shall be.
Though sometimes the Father must prune us
From false growth and error set free.
He speaks of a world self-indulging
And hostile to love undefiled
And maddened to bury His message
Oppressive and scheming and wild.
They’re bound to reject Him completely
And ones set apart to His cause
With weapons they’ve crafted for ages
Their money, religion and laws.
He warns that the same is our portion
For leaving that bunch at His call
But we will be armed with His Spirit
Who gladdens and overcomes all.