Do not judge and you will not be judged.

Imagine if we took these words to heart,

Unselved ourselves and took another’s part,

Silenced the accuser, dropped the grudge…

Do not condemn, you will not be condemned.

Imagine if we lived our lives from this

And met each other’s outcasts face to face,

Imagine if the blood-dimmed tide was stemmed.

Forgive and you yourselves will be forgiven.

What if we walked together on this path,

What if the whole world laid aside it’s wrath,

And things were done on earth as though in heaven,

As though the heart’s dark knots were all undone,

As though this dreamer weren’t the only one?

Taken from the book, Parable and Paradox.

Malcolm Guite is an English poet, singer-songwriter, Anglican priest, and academic whose research interests include the intersection of religion and the arts, and the examination of the works of J. R. R. TolkienC. S. LewisOwen Barfield, and British poets such as Samuel Taylor Coleridge. The author of five books of poetry, as well as several books on Christian faith and theology, he also performs as a singer and guitarist for the Cambridgeshire-based blues-rock band, Mystery Train.