Missed Opportunities or The Bible and the Bat
'Feed my sheep.' Jesus said,
He beat down gays; he beat down lesbians.
I sat in the far left pew
I came to church that morning
The church can and should be a place of healing. Too often the opposite is true.My marriage was falling apart,
and my heart felt hurt beyond repair.
I was lonely, I was desperate,
and I needed to know if God really cared.
So I sat listening for words of hope.
I didn't know much about the Bible
I thought, 'Maybe the problem's just me.
I looked at the lady to my right -
I looked at the jobless man down front -
I looked at the teens around me
Then I thought about those not there
Then when I looked to the choir stand
I didn't know what to think
Divorce was our answer to strife,
But before I took the overdose
I didn't want to be just a number,
Written August 14, 2009
Our country is very divided about gay rights. The Christian community is also divided, with some churches openly accepting gays and lesbians and other churches spending quite a bit of time denouncing them. I wrote this poem because I felt that in many of the churches that oppose homosexuality, so much energy is spent on 'gay bashing' that the real needs of people in the church are being overlooked. I started thinking about all of the issues in our communities that are not receiving enough attention as people fight against gay marriage. I thought it would be extremely ironic if I were to write about how a heterosexual marriage is doomed - not because of anything GLBTQs do, but rather because the person in that heterosexual marriage does not receive the assistance needed. I decided to take it a step further and illustrate how a life and a soul can be lost. Actually, I'm trying to illustrate that numerous souls are lost every time churches close their doors and hearts and minds to difference. I hope the point gets made - being obsessed with opposing homosexuality does a great deal of harm to the people most churches say that they are determined to help, those that Jesus calls 'the least of these.'
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