People often ask me why everything I say has to do with the gay community. I am straight and a Christian but discrimination makes me angry. I can’t believe in 2010 if you are gay you can’t defend your country, you can’t marry the person you love, but you can be fired from your job just for being gay. I can’t believe that kids are being bullied so much that they think the only way out is suicide. I know it’s not just kids either.
Any of these things would make me want to speak out against the injustice but the thing that made me an activist and to not be able to shut up about it is the thing that bothers me the most. Christian’s, and I’m sorry to say I was one, using the bible to make people think that God doesn’t love them. I see the most hateful things everyday from people who say they are followers of Christ. They find ways to do away with the thing that Jesus said was the most important. He commanded us to LOVE GOD and to LOVE OTHERS. So take your favorite Leviticus verse and put it in line behind the COMMANDMENT. LOVE!
If you are gay please don’t listen to anyone who tells you that God hates you. God is crazy about you. Other people love you too. Things are going to change in the near future. 🙂
Here is a talk divided into 5 parts. Each start where the last left off. I don’t agree with everything that the Pastor says but I don’t think I agree with everything anyone says. I think his heart is closer to the heart of the guy we claim to be following if you are a Christian. It doesn’t really matter whether you think homosexuality is a sin or not, we are all sinners in one way or another. I dare you to watch the videos and then let us know what you think. 🙂 m
These are from a pretty cool place called Mercy Church in Kansas City.
“An “impersonal God”– well and good. A subjective God of beauty, truth and goodness, inside our own heads — better still. A formless life-force surging through us, a vast power which we can tap — best of all. But God Himself, alive, pulling at the other end of the cord, perhaps, approaching an infinite speed, the hunter, king, husband — that is quite another matter. There comes a moment when the children who have been playing at burglars hush suddenly: was that a real footstep in the hall? There comes a moment when people who have been dabbling in religion (”Man’s search for God!”) suddenly draw back. Supposing we really found Him? We never meant it to come to that! Worse still, supposing He had found us?”—C.S. Lewis, Theological Rockstar!
Vending Machine god
This quote and cartoon make me think of this verse.
Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true wisdom. -Psalm 111:10a (New Living Translation)
I don’t think it means fear in the traditional sense. Fear that God is in Heaven watching you and waiting for you to fail so He can whack you with His stick. I think it means starting to realize who He really is. All you have to do is look at creation to be awed by His bigness and creativity. There is so much variety and it is so vast. Even to our small minds and in the tiny way we can grasp a being so complex. Now even that, as C.S. Lewis said is pretty easy. Now imagine that entity knows who you are. Imagine He wants to communicate with you. Imagine He loves you and wants to have fellowship with you. That is where it gets even scarier. A big God, cool. A big God who is intimately aware of me makes me afraid. The good news is that He does love us no matter what we’ve done.
Before we start know that I don’t want to fight. I am just going to the place that I believe God wants me to go. It’s ok if it isn’t the path for you. 🙂 You have your path. I just ask that you have an open mind.
Alright. I posted this on my Facebook profile and have taken a bit of heat for it. “We believe that we can overrule Jesus’ central teaching of LOVE if something we view as SIN is involved” I got the idea from a book I am reading called “Jesus, The Bible and Homosexuality” by Dr. Jack Rogers. He talks about it wasn’t very long ago that the Church believed that slavery was not only acceptable but was God’s will. They even were able to provide scripture to back it up. It wasn’t very long ago that African Americans and women did not have the same rights as white men. We are talking about the 60’s and 70’s not the distant past. The point is that the church thought it was right, biblical and in God’s will, but it wasn’t. I think we need to be very careful how we behave toward the outside world. We have caused a lot of damage. It seems we ought to known as a people of love and grace but we aren’t. We are seen as judgmental and unloving. Our priority should be Loving GOD and Loving People. It’s really what Jesus said was the most important. “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’There is no commandment greater than these.”Mark 12:30-31 niv We really like to classify sin. Even if you are a Christian you still sin. We all sin. (If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 1 John 1:8 niv) We just think some sins are worse than others. Sexual sin is the biggest. So you aren’t attracted to members of the same sex, does that make you better because you aren’t tempted? What are you tempted to? How do you do with that? “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Matthew 7:1-3 niv. Sin doesn’t send someone to Hell, it’s your relationship or lack that picks your final destination. Jesus said LOVE. Please lets LOVE. If I’m not a Christian and society says its ok to sleep together before marriage (and it does) what can I possible say that will make someone think sex before marriage is wrong? How about if a person is Gay. Society says its ok. What could I possibly say that would make them not Gay? Nothing. I could say a lot that might make that person think I’m a jerk and even worse than that that God is a jerk. The whole conversation would shut down. I want to introduce them to the God that loves them and died for them even while they (and we) were sinners. He is able to fix whatever he wants. He’s changing me.
Here is a more in depth article if you want to go deeper.
I really do know all of the arguments that you are going to use to dissuade me from believing / acting as I do. I don’t want to argue with you about it. If you are offended and don’t want to read anymore please don’t. I LOVE ya! m
Make sure you read the comments on this blog, we go a lot further with this topic. (the link for the comments is at the top). Also please take the time to do our poll below. It tracks answers not who said what. 🙂