"I Am A Christian" 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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13 Responses Jul 4, 2011

This was NOT written by Maya. Please see snopes. It has the proper author listed.

very nice poem......have you read phenomenal woman by maya angelou

God loves you!! Read my story on God!

I'm just finding God. I feel he's the only friend I have now. Nice poem, thank you.

Very great words. Thank you for sharing them.

that was amazing. I'm also Christian. :)

Love this !! Thanks for sharing

very nice poetry miss


That's a beautiful desc<x>ription of what true Christianity is all about! Thanks for sharing it anotherinnocent.

Very nice poem. Thanks for sharing!

Wow. Amen! :)

I see your apartment worked out well for you. That is a good thing..you deserve good things.. I read this poem.. I had never read her writing before, and think it is all good. I thought at one time you were antagonistic towards Christians ..if i am wrong please forgive me ..but was interested in what your response to her poem was. I think it nails it as far as where all Christians find themselves. ..in the mix of being in this world but looking forward to the next.