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Claim: Maya Angelou wrote an inspirational religious poem entitled "I Am a Christian."
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"When I Say, 'I Am a Christian'" (the correct, full title) was penned in 1988 by
The original version of the poem read as follows:
When I say, "I am a Christian," I'm not shouting, "I've been saved!"Additional information:
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
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