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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Outlandish (05/19/11)

TITLE: Go Somewhere, Sit Down And Shut Up
By K Godfrey Easter


On New Year’s Eve, 2010, most Christians were praying the old year out and a new decade in.
But I was vowing to God that I wouldn’t remain tied to today’s Christianity
Once 2011 began to begin.
I expressed to Elohim that, although gratefully I’m gifted,
Organized religion made my spirit too queasy within.
I could no longer remain connected to the seasoned manipulation, bigotry and sin,
That all my life from pulpits, I’ve encountered, even through 2010.

Those who say they’re called by You,
Hypocritically shun homosexuals then wholeheartedly embrace the divorced and the Jew;
Who mercilessly killed You and still refuses to honor You, too.
From a spiritually sightless, confounded and confused state
Against gay people Your so-called pulpits today blindly hate.

They try to amend constitutions while citing the immorality of being married and gay,
While their own matrimonial morality wades in a cesspool of disparaging decay.
Not trusting You enough to faithfully live out Your matchless Name,
Pulpit protestors point to the homosexual as the blame.
As they seek mainly Mammon, fortune and fame.

Adulterous pulpits cunningly use sacred Scripture,
Like a hardened witch casting a well-honed spell.
Under her trance multitudes engage in powerless emotionalism,
As bound believers gyrate, run, dance, wail and yell.
But, You have a special place awaiting every abusive sorcerer
Way deep down in the bowels of Your well-preached hell.

Speaking of hell…
How, from hell, could any pulpit fix its lips to say,
“It’s impossible for anyone to be born gay.”
Meanwhile, from the cradle to the grave, all around us today,
The natural phenomenon of same-gender attraction is placed on open display.
I’m not straight. I’m just no longer gay.
Zealous, confused pulpits bullied me into believing that I wasn’t born this way.
Yes, I was born same-gender attracted,
But my eternal hope isn’t built on the sexual manner that I act or have acted.
Love transformed homosexuality for me into a spiritually unwise choice.
From a wide open space of grace and truth, I faithfully lift up an ex-gay voice.

Barren pulpits capitalize greatly through preaching a slanted gospel of law and sin,
When, from start to finish and ultimately, grace alone, grants Kingdom access in.
Since no one alive is above spiritual correction,
Then why all the lofty, sin-focused sermons on unattainable perfection?
Pulpits today, by their own public admission,
Seem to have no need of the Great Physician.
They seem content on guiding others in an obviously,
Bartamaiusly-blind and spiritually crippled condition.

When will organized Christianity learn the God breathed concept of “One?”
Like the Father remains perpetually with Christ Jesus, His Son.
So little time so much left undone,
But divided pulpits are proof number one;
That words like “unity,” “reconciliation” and “one”
Remain as far from pulpits today as the earth, from the sun.
Walking down Christ’s narrow way,
Christianity has hardly, yes, hardly begun.

So, in this desperately dark hour
Of flashy, sensational yet fruitless pulpit power
Personal intimacy with God is the necessary focus and pace;
For anyone sincerely bent on running with patience this great faith race.

So, Christianity doesn’t like gay people, so what?
Show us a heart-transforming God else keep your trap shut.
You must represent a loving, fair and just God
Otherwise, the faith being spread is just a puffed-up, ungodly façade.

Answers come when from repentant humility
We request, “God, in Jesus’ Name, please fill my cup.”
So, show us the true and living God
Or go somewhere, sit down and shut up.

God, thank You for Faithwriters.com. It’s the best.
It allows me to finally lift this heavy burden
Off my abused, yet still beating chest.


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Ennis Smith 05/27/11
This was a powerful and heart-charged poem, friend. Its amazing how GOD works because my wife and I were talking about this very subject, not too long ago.

My take is this: I know what the law says. But I also know that my Lord says love your neighbor as you love yourself. Therefore, I personally do not condone judgment of homosexuals. Jesus wouldn't. I do not know whether a person is born that way, or if it is a lifestyle choice. But I do know that I refuse to judge.

I say this to let you know that your passion and spirit were felt through this poem. I could sense the breathe of fresh air, this must have been for you. It was strong.

The Lord knows your true heart and he is all that matters. I have to believe that he loves you and is happy with who you are. Know that you are blessed, friend.
Joanne Sher 05/30/11
I can definitely feel your passion in this - and I have seen this happen too many times. Thanks for this reminder of people's "rating" of sins. Such a shame.
Nancy Bucca05/31/11
Your article, written with great feeling, sparked numerous thoughts regarding "organized" Christianity/religion.

One, nobody likes organized religion devoid of love. Sadly that is the condition in so many churches which allow Jezebel, Balaam, and the Nicolaitan spirit free reign. We need the Holy Spirit to breathe new life into us, rather than relying on the flesh or other people's opinions.

Two, every sin basically boils down to lack of grace (thankfulness and appreciation for God's grace), the need for which you so graciously pointed out.

Three, there's no excuse for any sin, sexual or nonsexual. But I know God uses the law to lead us to Christ. Sometimes we have to get fed up with rules, regulations, and our own selfish ways before we hunger for Him.

You have a lot of passion. Thanks for sharing.
Lisa Fowler05/31/11
The ground is level at the foot of the cross my friend! We have been forgiven of much- how can we dare judge our brothers? I'm afraid "the church" might be shocked at who the Lord would associate with were He walking around today. Writing is wonderfully cathartic! Keep writing with passion. Thanks for sharing.