christians – by maya angelou

When I say… “I am a Christian”
I’m not shouting “I’m clean livin’.”
I’m whispering “I was lost,
Now I’m found and forgiven.”

When I say… “I am a Christian”
I don’t speak of this with pride.
I’m confessing that I stumble
and need Christ to be my guide.

When I say… “I am a Christian”
I’m not trying to be strong.
I’m professing that I’m weak
And need His strength to carry on.

When I say… “I am a Christian”
I’m not bragging of success.
I’m admitting I have failed
And need God to clean my mess.

When I say… “I am a Christian”
I’m not claiming to be perfect,
My flaws are far too visible
But, God believes I am worth it.

When I say… “I am a Christian”
I still feel the sting of pain.
I have my share of heartaches
So I call upon His name.

When I say… “I am a Christian”
I’m not holier than thou,
I’m just a simple sinner
Who received God’s good grace, somehow!

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15 Responses to “christians – by maya angelou”


  1. 1 lifelemons January 11, 2008 at 9:01 pm

    That is an excellent poem, I have never read that before! Thanks for posting it!

  2. 2 serendipity January 12, 2008 at 9:18 am

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  3. 3 Majesty May 2, 2009 at 12:46 am

    Excellent work, again.

  4. 4 Gloria Simmons May 2, 2009 at 12:47 am

    I love this poem it will alway be at the apex of my heart, what truth it told. Excellent!

  5. 5 Rev. Karl "with a K" May 28, 2009 at 9:54 am

    So sorry but Dr. Angelou did not write this poem. It was written by Carol Wimmer

    WHEN I SAY, “I AM A CHRISTIAN”
    When I say, “I am a Christian,” I’m not shouting, “I’ve been saved!”
    I’m whispering, “I get lost! That’s why I chose this way”

    When I say, “I am a Christian,” I don’t speak with human pride
    I’m confessing that I stumble-needing God to be my guide

    When I say, “I am a Christian,” I’m not trying to be strong
    I’m professing that I’m weak and pray for strength to carry on

    When I say, “I am a Christian,” I’m not bragging of success
    I’m admitting that I’ve failed and cannot ever pay the debt

    When I say, “I am a Christian,” I don’t think I know it all
    I submit to my confusion asking humbly to be taught

    When I say, “I am a Christian,” I’m not claiming to be perfect
    My flaws are far too visible but God believes I’m worth it

    When I say, “I am a Christian,” I still feel the sting of pain
    I have my share of heartache which is why I seek His name

    When I say, “I am a Christian,” I do not wish to judge
    I have no authority–I only know I’m loved

    Copyright 1988 Carol Wimmer

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