The Onesimus Question

 

 

What would Paul do with Onesimus
This wanted and runaway figure
Who had recently converted to the Way
This was a conundrum that got even more
Convoluted-for this slave and thieving knave
Belonged to the uncommon Philemon
Who was the pillar of the Colossian church
If the Son of Man came to set men free
Should Onesimus not be set at liberty?
Paul must have pondered and wondered
Perhaps he could keep him as his own servant
For heaven knew he needed a helper
Yet doing that would mean expropriation
Or misappropriation without compensation
Then Paul made his great decision
This new faith would not torpedo order
Christ died not to seize the trophies of Caesar
Onesimus would return to Philemon’s rule
With a missive to us that have believed
To abide in our socio-economic niche
With the marvellous Light we have received

 

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