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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Ohhh…. (02/04/10)

TITLE: I Am A Sinner
By Sarah Whitaker


I am a sinner.

Why is it that some people these days only praise God when they're having fun with someone in bed? It's hard to let sleeping dogs lie when they're right next to you, after all. It's a pandemic! We don't know how to deal with the worldly society invading our faith!

Why is it that a teen can knock up another in a Church and get support, but when someone is found out to be gay, they are thrown out without question? Isn't sin what it is? You can forgive someone who murdered a loved one, but when someone gets divorced, you treat them like you're already dead?

Why is this "Kumbaya" bull isn't working anymore? I think it's high time that we start getting explicit about our faith. Yes, I realize that we're not supposed to mix the vile in our tongue when talking about God, but there is a difference between being vile and talking about the vile in a frank enough manner that people listen.

Why is all I see is vile? Look at the world! I can tell you of my own trips to the sin bin that is my mind! Christ made me pure and forgiven and yet that mausoleum which holds the remains of my "Old Man" is such a beautiful and mysterious place. I am vile to this world because of Christ, and I choose to remain vile to the concept of the world.

Why is it that when people get equal marriage rights on a civil level that someone who doesn't agree with their point of view has to close down an entire orphanage for exercising their faith, sending hundreds of kids into the wretched public system which has ruined so many before them? This is what happened in Maryland when Gay Marriage was made a civil legality. They preach against intolerance so much that they are intolerant to intolerance!

Am I too Christian to be angry in front of you people? Am I too much of a whore in my own mind that I have to hide that I am a sinner and need help from you people? Does it bother you that I have problems understanding that His grace is sufficient for me to break away from my masturbation problems?

I am a sinner!

I need my Jesus in my life because I am a sinner!

I am no longer afraid of being a sinner because Jesus loves my wretched self anyway!

Deal with it, my beloved! Deal with it in your own lives and maybe someday we can accept one another as Jesus accepted us!

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Lisa Johnson02/11/10
Brutally honest...and very thought provoking. It took a lot of courage to write this.
Robyn Burke02/11/10
Whew, way to tell it like you see it! :)

Check your sentence structure in some of those opening paragraphs...( Why is this "Kumbaya" bull isn't for example.)

I did not see evidence however of the topic 'Ohhh". Did I miss it somehow?

Bless you for speaking out in how you feel, it is true, there is much contradiction is our society and too much passiveness in our churches, worry over being PC-- politically correct, when we need to be PC--public Christians!
Gina Fifo02/12/10
I see the "ohhh" - at least in the fact that you are ohhh so angry and ohhh so passionate about your beliefs. At least that is what comes across to me. Perhaps when you write in that frame of mind you should set it aside for a day or two and then reread it. Some of your sentences are not correct and some take several readings to understand, if then.
Your ability to write is clear, but sometimes it is difficult to write when we are emotional about a subject. I hope you see this as the honest, positive feedback it is meant to be.
Michelle Knoll 02/14/10
Very open and honest. There is such strength in your writing.

To me this was more of an "Ohhhh, wow..." At least, that's what I felt as I read it, because every point you brought out is so true. The world, and sadly the church, is a very "mixed" place.

The first sentence in the fifth paragraph is somewhat unclear. I couldn't tell which group was running the orphanage, and which group had it closed. Perhaps if you broke this down into two sentences to explain the situation?

It is easy to see your heart and your passion in your writing. Thanks for sharing!
The Masked Truelovers02/14/10
Thanks for sharing. All of us are a work in progress (we never progress far enough). We are either too righteous and overzealous at the expense of others, or too complacent after years of being a Christian. And then every Christian has a different interpretation and application. We are just people saved by grace, but never sure how to show grace to others.
c clemons02/15/10
Your article posed several questions that sound like you personally are dealing with. There's only One that has all the answers. DO NOT look to man for the answers, counseling yes but with much prayer and meditation, you can have peace. And stop thinking of and looking at yourself as a sinner,(you will be what you think) but look at yourself as God looks as you. Saved by Grace.