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When I Say, ‘I Am a Christian’

When I Say, ‘I Am a Christian’ – a poem that is circulating around the internet. Who wrote it? Find out here! #IAmAChristian

When I Say, ‘I Am a Christian’

Maybe you have seen this article or images of this article floating around about I am a Christian. I figured I would look into this and share it with you all.

When I Say, ‘I Am a Christian’ - a poem that is circulating around the internet. Who wrote it? Find out here! #IAmAChristian (Carol Wimmer)

The correct title is “When I Say, ‘I Am a Christian’” and was written by Carol Wimmer in 1988. It was first published in the Assemblies of God periodical Hi-Call Gospel Magazine. Plus in several books including Chicken Soup for the Christian Family Soul. Over the years it has been reprinted on the internet and newspapers and has been missing wording or reworded. Not to mention, missing attributes or wrote attributes given. For example, some say it was Dr. Maya Angelo.

The Original Version:

This is the correct version by Carol Wimmer.

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

The Reworded Version:

This may be reworded in other ways or reorded in other ways. Might read Author Unknown or Dr. Maya Angelo or some other name. But the correct version is shown above!

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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My name is Steve Patterson and I am saved through the blood of Jesus Christ. I have been blogging at Courageous Christian Father since 2012, however, I have been blogging since around 2004. I listen to nothing but Christian Music. I work as a graphic designer.

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