Thoughts on John Piper’s “The Calvinist” Poem

The Calvinist

The Calvinist” is a poem turned video project by John Piper. If you haven’t seen it yet, you really should.

The poem itself is brilliant. The cinematography is beautiful. The reading is excellent. The soundtrack fits perfectly.

There is only one major problem—the title. Piper should have named his poem “The Christian.”

Apart from a few lines that reveal Piper’s theology, the majority of the poem could describe the life of any man of God (assuming that man has a wife and children).

Of course this poem is Piper’s, and he has the right to do with it as he pleases, but it seems odd to me that he would so beautifully depict the joys and struggles of the Christian life, yet portray this as if it applies only to his camp. Why is it that Christians must continually perpetuate the us vs. them myth?

Brothers, we are united in Christ. We are all in this together, regardless of our theological differences. Let’s celebrate our union, not our divisions.