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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Our Mutual Friend (not about the book) (09/15/11)

TITLE: Our Mutual Friend, Jamey
By K Godfrey Easter


This message is not for the Sunday morning networker. Neither is it meant to reach those who attend church out of tradition or because of how it looks. Itís not even meant for the ambitious Bishop Longs of Christianity that seem to have taken over Godís pulpits. If youíre not in this faith race merely for its earthly benefits then we have a mutual friend. Or rather, we had a mutual friend. God has him now.

Last Sunday, while most Christians were Ďlovingí a God that they canít see, little fourteen-year-old, Jamey Rodemeyer (1) - who we can see - took his own life because he could no longer take being bullied for being gay. Personally, I blame Christian pulpits, shepherds who continue sowing corrupted seeds of injustice and unfairness and also those who in silence allow the madness to persist.

Bullying has been around ever since Adam, like Humpty Dumpty, who had his great fall. He fell from grace down to carnality after being bullied by Satan, the chief of all dark influence. Kane, Adamís first born, bullied Abel, his brother to death. He murdered his brother after becoming jealous after God favored his younger brotherís gift over his. Josephís brothers bullied the gifted seer down a deep well where they left him for dead. Egyptís Pharaoh bullied Israel until making 400-year-old slaves of them. The first king over Israel, King Saul, bullied his young successor, David. From a jealous rage, Saul chased the gifted psalmist all over the ancient Jerusalem countryside. In recent history, Whites bullied Blacks for over 400 years. And all my life zealous Christian pulpits have bullied same-gender attracted people because of how we were born. Humanity: the same yesterday, today and forever, unfortunately.

When the prostitute in the Gospels was caught in the act of adultery, Christ intervened and commanded, ďHe who is without sin among you, let him first cast a first stone at her.(2)Ē Pulpits way back then had the good sense to realize that they were not sinless and then dropped their rocks. Somethingís detrimentally unsettling about todayís shepherds, who wield swords of judgment like seasoned ninjas, while they, themselves, are equally sinful. Everyone sins. If you have the audacity to preach that you donít sin then youíre only deceiving yourself, according to the first chapter of 1st John (3).

God has long ago abandoned even the highly influential religious institution that aligns believers with questionable politicians to try and amend national constitutions in order to prevent gay people from ever marrying; while not also galvanizing just as valiant an effort aimed at legally preventing divorced couples from ever remarrying anyone else. This level of institutionalized, hypocritical bullying represents the lowest, most devastating, and most heinous form imaginable. It deprives its victims of our inalienable right to justice, fairness and human equality.

The following hints will help shepherds realize that they are indeed bullies if they still donít get it:

- Youíre a bullying shepherd if you donít practice what you preach as vehemently as you preach it.

- Youíre a bullying shepherd if you picket the funerals of fallen soldiers.

- Youíre a bullying shepherd if your congregation doesnít believe that being divorced is equally as sinful as being gay, and that both deserve Godís undeserved grace.

- Youíre a bullying, hypocritical shepherd if you invite gifted, but divorced preachers into your pulpit but not the gifted but gay preacher.

- Youíre a bullying shepherd if you take social and/or sexual advantage of any male or female sheep, and especially any innocent little lambs of God, like young Jamey.

- Youíre a bullying shepherd if you donít extend the same level of grace, forgiveness, love and acceptance to all others that God extends toward you.

This fourteen-year-old kid has joined the growing ranks of fallen kids like him, who never began to truly live because of the many inequities that permeate Godís pulpits. Itís time for the church to wake up from its delusional stupor of religious grandeur. Following Christ isnít about trying to get pews not to sin. Itís about both pulpits and pews learning to love one another and others like they, themselves, have been loved by God. Love is how the world will know you as Christian, not being sinless.

Thank you for momentarily lending me your eyes. Now is the appointed time to lend us your hearts.

Article Footnotes:
(1) - http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/blogpost/post/jamey-rodemeyer-bullied-teen-who-made-it-gets-better-video-commits-suicide/2011/09/21/gIQAVVzxkK_blog.html
(2) - John 8:7
(3) - 1 John 1:8

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Nancy Bucca09/23/11
Bullying is indeed a big problem. Sin is sin, as you point out, and I for one would like to see pastors address the whole topic of divorce. You've addressed quite a touchy issue here, a number of issues in fact.

It's quite a mountain and might be better broken up into smaller pieces.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 09/26/11
I admire your courage in writing about such a difficult topic. Bullying has gotten out of hand and there are too many Jameys in this world. People do have to have an open mind and love the person, but be aware of the sin.

With that said, I'm not sure I agree with all of your points. First, I believe God doesn't consider divorce in all situations a sin. If a person is being abused for instance, I don't think it is a sin to get a divorce. Also, it may just be your wording, but it seems like you are saying Pastors should invite gay and divorced ministers to preach. However, I think your real point is that it's not okay to overlook one sin, but allow another. The point I think you're making is simply put, don't be a hypocrite.

I can tell you are very passionate about your beliefs and I think your message needs to be told.
Jenna Dawn09/26/11

I totally get the idea behind your passionate plea against hypocrisy. I know a young Christian man who struggles with being gay and wholeheartedly believe we need to love anyone struggling with homosexuality, just as we love those struggling with any sin.

However, I too, am not sure I agree with a few of your points and, to be honest, I felt like I was being bullied!
Linda Goergen09/27/11
I personally felt more anger in this than love when I read it, even as you were preaching against that very thing! But I donít think you meant that, but it does come across that way.

You seem to be trying to compare homosexual behavior to divorce and I think it is difficult. Yes, both deserve Godís grace but divorce has exceptions that homosexuality does not. For instance, many divorced have had that divorce occur in their unsaved past, and when saved, that was forgiven with all the other sins and thrown into Godís sea of forgetfulness. Also, adultery allows biblical grounds for divorce and like Shann, I would never believe that God would want anyone remaining in a dangerous and abusive marriage. But homosexuality has no exception except repentance and a change in the behavior. And I think most churches and ministers would accept a repentant homosexual that has turned from that lifestyle or that had that in their unsaved past, but no longer practice it.

The problem does not seem to be churches accepting any repentant homosexual, but that many homosexuals refuse to repent and want accepted while practicing homosexuality. Even wanting the churches to accept their gay relationships as marriage. But, I would agree with you that a practicing homosexual is no worse than any heterosexual living in or committing sexual sin. For all their souls, their sins should be stated as unacceptable to God!

I do agree sin is sin and one should not be condemned as greater than the other. Likewise there is no sin God will not forgive, but for blasphemy of the Holy Spirit. The key for all sin is repentance and turning from the sin.

I would personally be leery calling ministers that oppose homosexuals hypocrites, because I do not know what God has laid on their hearts to preach.

But in no instance is bullying Godly, God wants His message brought in love! 1 Corinthians 13:1 But the truth is, many homosexuals consider even telling them they are wrong practicing homosexuality, as bullying. I donít know the all the facts of the fourteen year old you sight in your article, and it is truly sad, but donít whitewash the fact that it was also his sin that condemned him.

And the people that picket the funerals of fallen soldiers, compounding the grief of the families, are more than bullies, they are far from Christian and they are disgusting. They themselves need much prayer for their eyes to be opened!

You write well and with great passion but maybe making your points in a less hostile voice would be something you could consider praying about.
God Bless
Mildred Sheldon09/27/11
You came across as very hostile. Sin is sin and I go with God's Holy Living Word. He points out the various sins clearly. If a person is yoked to a non-believer in a marriage and he or she is abusive or unfaithful then divorce yes. If a person is homosexual or a murderer they must repent of their sins and turn from them. SIN IS SIN regardless of what it is.
K Godfrey Easter09/27/11
The prophet Malachi added his two cents worth, as God scolded the church leadership of his day about divorce. From that secret place of intimacy with God, the final prophet of the Old Testament prophesied,

ďYou fill the place of worship with your whining and sniveling because you don't get what you want from God. Do you know why? Simple. Because God was there as a witness when you spoke your marriage vows to your young bride, and now you've broken those vows, broken the faith-bond with your vowed companion, your covenant wife. God, not you, made marriage. His Spirit inhabits even the smallest details of marriage.Ē

God called homosexuality an abomination, which the dictionary defines as, ďdisgusting, vicious, or vile,Ē something to avoid. But when addressing divorce, the God of todayís mainstream, divorce-laden Christian pulpits gave a stern and strident response. God emphatically declared through the prophet,
ďI hate divorce.Ē (Malachi 2:13-15-MSG)

So, if you were Christ, who would you discipline with the rod of Godís chastisement first? Would you first channel your inflamed recompense toward those who are supposed to know better or toward the confused that put their trust in those who are supposed to know better?
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 09/29/11
I feel bad because some of your comments felt harsh. I think it's great that you continue to express your opinion. It opens up discussion and opens our mind. I truly believe if Jesus was walking the earth today instead of eating with tax collectors he would eat with homosexuals. Love the person, not the sin. You do sound like you have been hurt in the past and I think this comes across as anger to some. I think you may have reasons to be angry, but you might reach more people with your message if you can tone that down some. That is the most important thing to spread the truth as God puts it in your heart. Don't get discouraged and keep writing!
Noel Mitaxa 09/30/11
Having read this a couple of times, I sense your anger. Whether you personally knew Jamey or not is less relevant than what I see as a disappointing approach to members of your FW family, which appears to slip into a similar bullying style to those you seek to decry for their inconsistency.

Homosexuality is a vexed issue: whether it is an inclination or a chosen lifestyle. If people recognise their inclination and learn to deal with it - with support from Christians who should be open vessels of God's grace - then there should be no problem.
A chosen lifestyle is a different matter since it may well lead to to sexual activity which scripture views very darkly.

Yet as you say, the rest of us are not without sin.
The issue of divorce is not one to be singled out; any more than that of heterosexuals who demean and exploit those who are entrusted to their care.
Abusive elders who steal the vision of creative pastors; embezzling pastors and treasurers; manipulative deacons and pastors who so need to be needed that they drain their people of any legitimate life outside their churches. I could go on, but I won't...
Blessings to you.