I Would Rather Err
By Lance Landall

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I Would Rather Err
By Lance Landall

Yes, I would rather err, on the side of being too soft,
On the side of going easy — midst holding justice aloft.
That’s right, I would rather err, on the side of showing love,
Even where love’s not deserved — take the higher ground above.

But who could err showing love, kindness, compassion, mercy,
Or err granting forgiveness, befriending an enemy?
Yes, who could ever err, blunder, by taking the higher ground,
Rolling with the punches, holding back, turning evil around?

Yes, friend, I would rather err, on the side of holding back,
Rather than another soul unduly hurt or attack.
I’d rather not push my point, even win the victory,
If it turned folk against me, when it wasn’t necessary.

Takes a man to walk away, to die to self, save the day,
Takes a man to hide his pride, let another have their way.
Takes a man to bite his tongue, shoulder insults, turn the cheek,
It takes a man, a man who’s strong — never a man who’s weak.

Oh, yes, I would rather err, than be holier than thou,
A Pharisee, a legalist, petty tyrant — and how!
To be so heavenly minded, that I was no earthly good,
Would only be to my shame — so let me err — where I should.

Yes, let me cut others slack, go easy on those who err —
Given that I err too, even knowingly; and costs incur.
Though there’s a time and place, when one should speak up, stand their ground,
I won’t ram my point home, crack a whip, jostle, shout or hound.

Yes, I would rather err, on the side of being too soft,
On the side of going easy — midst holding justice aloft.
Yes, I would much rather err, on the side of love and grace,
For who could err doing so — unless, wisdom they misplace?