I don't believe in a God up in the sky
Who sits in heaven and never hears me cry.
I don't believe in a God who's far away --
I believe in Jesus living here with us today.
I don't believe in a watchmaker above,
Set this world going but now is not involved,
Who from a distance is watching as we fall --
I believe in Jesus' God who suffers with us all.
I don't believe in a tyrant on a throne
Who wants to punish us for every wrong we've done,
Who keeps a tally of each mistake and crime --
God wants to have mercy on us each and every time.
I don't believe in a God who keeps a shop,
Who checks each item and puts a price on top,
Who wants dividend on each investment made --
God is always giving and refuses to be paid.
I don't believe in a patriarchal chief,
A judge who never had mercy on a thief,
The Lord and Master who must be waited on --
God is mother-sister just as much as father-son.
God is beside us, God has no other home,
No other family, we are God's flesh and bone;
He-she is with us and with all humankind --
Loving Her creation always occupies Her mind.
(Robin Mann, 1991.)