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Sexual healing (Jefferson Bethke)
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A poem I originally wrote for open mic at Pacific University. It highlights my journey with casual sex and the conclusion I came to that sex as recreation, or just for fun, is unable to satisfy us the way we were meant to be satisfied. Sex is good, in it's proper context. This poem mainly focuses though on anyone who has been deeply affected, hurt, and damaged by sexual sin.

Jefferson Bethke

So let's look at the subject
I'm a tell you why I'm disgusted
So tonight looks like sex will be our topic of discussion

Now see, sex isn't evil for marriage is why God made it
But I know you're like, come on man that's too outdated
This is 2011 bro we do it for recreation
And hey, if you're in college you do it while your wasted

But I wanna question this logic, I wanna pop off the seal
I wanna question something that we think is already a done deal
So take a rape victim for example and once it's revealed
When her bruises go away is she totally healed?
Nah, the damage is lasting you can see it in her eyes
But if it was just a view as recreation why did it ruin her life?
I mean, if sex is just for fun, why does it take such a toll?

Maybe it's cause you don’t just have sex with a body, you have sex with a soul
Which means for me there ain't no premarital loving
And it ain't just cause I don't want a baby in the oven
It's cause I'm staying pure until the day that I'm a husband
But see this wasn't always me that's a guarantee
Let's go back in the past see who I used to be

Now growing up I never learned how to treat a lady
If I learned one thing from my dad it was leave the mom ditch the baby
Now I don't say that to get sympathy I say that to be real
Cause according to stats about 40 percent of you know how that feels

So I let the TV show me what the music already told me
No dad at home, so I was letting MTV mould me
And they sold me which is why my life revolved around what girl I could get next
My life revolved around this girl named sex
Shoot I'd get at her on the text but I gotta confess
It seemed the longer we dated the bigger the mess

But then my girlfriend was late on that time of the month
If you know what I mean, you understand when I say my heart sunk
I started to think about abortion, man I started to butter it up
But it's funny they don't make condoms for sin, you can't just cover it up
It was just a scare, but I knew a father I didn't wanna be
It's funny how I was pro-life until it happened to me

So dudes think twice before you desire her just cause she's hot
Cause the truth is your body makes a promise whether you do or not
Sorry I digressed though, let's get back to the topic
And there's some dudes who pressure her even when she says stop it

You're not a man you're just a boy that can shave and put on a good cover
Cause if you don't respect her when she says no you certainly don't love her
So how 'bout you start studying her heart, stop studying her booty
Or maybe invest the same amount of time in her as you do in call of duty
Cause what makes you think you can get this girl and all of a sudden get naughty
Cause you should have to touch her heart and her mind first before you ever touch her body

Cause she longs to be accepted she longs to be loved
So she gives herself up to another guy's lust
She thinks it feels good at first but then she gets bitter
Cause the promise of satisfaction it never delivers
She's like I don't want to but it's just too tempting
So she keeps opening up the present just to find that it's empty
And then she starts to get confused
She keeps getting rejected by all these dudes
They tell her on a scale of ten she's a two

But that ain't true if she only knew
That Jesus He loves and accepts us
Even when you don't want Him, He'll never reject us
He heals us from that sin that totally infects us
And He does what condoms can't, He emotionally protects us
And I know some of you hear this are gonna wanna indict me
But we gotta think rightly so I'll ask politely
Can your really say this isn't even true, just slightly?
I mean, we touch the forbidden fruit not to realize it's poison ivy?

And now we're numb and we're itching and we got a distorted psyche
You know you think you just do it like you're name is Nike
Not realizing that the consequences of your actions are, oh so pricey
So this last story though is for those who think they're too dirty
This last story is for those who think they're unworthy
Read John chapter 8 the woman caught in adultery

The religious leaders throw her naked in the temple while she yells, don't murder me!
They say, Jesus, the law commands us to stone this woman, and you hear the hate in their tone
Jesus pauses it and says, whoever is without sin you can cast the first stone
I mean, can you imagine the sound silence all around?
You hear footsteps walk away, you hear stones hit the ground
And then Jesus kneels down the woman thought it was her demise
He lifts up her face, you see the grace in His eyes
He says, I don't condemn you go and sin no more
I love you, I accept you, mercy is yours

But if you're anything like me, you're like, no that can't be
Why would he ever die for me?
See? but then I saw that scene where I was redeemed
He reached out and touched me and said, Jeff you're free
Instantly I was wearing the brightest robe I'd ever seen
I was perfectly spotless I was perfectly clean
So bright in fact, man, I thought I'd go blind
I said, whose this is? He said actually it's mine

So think twice before you eat what society feeds us
Come follow the King His name is Jesus

-Jefferson Bethke

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