Well worth your time to read.
“How wonderful it is that no one has to wait, but can start right now to gradually change the world! How wonderful it is that everyone, great and small, can immediately help bring about justice by giving of themselves!…You can always – always – give something, even if it’s a simple act of kindness!”
Anne Frank in “Give”, March 26, 1944
I get it.
I am a sinner. I have failed. I have miserably failed. I have broken promises. I have demolished covenant. I have undervalued love. I have stretched patience. I have assumed upon grace. I have presumed upon mercy.
You think I’m a mess. You tell me that frequently. So, you try to fix me, to redefine me, to rebirth me, to re-conceive me, to re-imagine me.
You preach about me. You lecture about me. You write about me.
You protest against me. You wish to isolate me. You want to banish me. You dream of imprisoning me.
You compare me to the worst of humanity’s evilness.
I get it. You don’t think much of me.
At least, that’s the message I’m receiving.
I know you say you are doing all that “in love.” I know that you say “loving the sinner, but hating the sin.”
You wanna know something?
I’m not buying it.
Because all your damned bluster sounds more like “hating the sinner” than anything else.
And…I’m not really getting that you “love the sinner” anywhere in all that. You say that you love me, but I’m not getting that at all. I, in fact, do not know that you love me.
I’m wondering, instead of telling me something that I don’t know, would you…could you…show me what I don’t know?
If you believe so strongly that Jesus is with you always and that His love is more powerful than any other force known to man, and you want me to experience His love, then why don’t you just show me?
Why are you so afraid of me and those like me? Why must you insist on speaking only about us, and not engaging us eye-to-eye?
Why must I always be kept at arms length, doubted and feared?
Why must my sexual habits be more important to you for defining my relationship with God than the testosterone-driven – and straight – male?
Why are the rules so exclusively and unequally harsh for me?
I suspect that the reason is that you simply don’t know me. You haven’t spent time with me. You haven’t asked me questions. You haven’t listened to my testimony of faith. You haven’t put your arm around me. You haven’t looked me in the eye.
You haven’t experienced my heart.
But, if you want me to really know that you love me, then that’s what you are going to have to do.
A few thoughts for my straight followers.
It’s June, and June is Gay Pride Month. Whenever June rolls around we start seeing and hearing a lot about parades and things, and there’s always a bit of a push back from some folks about the issue of gay pride. It’s very similar to the push back against the annual Black History Month each February in the U.S.
Antagonistic responses to gay pride will sometimes take the form of exclamations of “heterosexual pride!” The similarity with Black History Month heard in questions like, “Ok, so when is White History Month and maybe Asian History Month, etc?” For many, especially us straight white people, these seem like compelling questions and responses. I’m writing this post in the hope of broadening someone’s understanding of why we have gay pride, and what these responses to gay pride sound like outside of StraightWhiteMaleLandia.
I know all about StraightWhiteMaleLandia because I grew up there… in fact, I’m still a…
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Tonight I had another Christian tell me on social media that he was okay with Josh Duggar fondling young girls “because he repented”, but has a big problem with Caitlyn Jenner, who he said was willingly sinning and being “sexually deviant.” The former he sees as a typically flawed believer restored and deserving of our forgiveness, the latter as an unrepentant, dangerous presence in the world who needs to be condemned and called out.
As we talked more, my virtual friend’s comments clarified the duplicity of his position: a child molester is excused because he’s said sorry to God (even though he and his family concealed the activity until recently exposed), however a transgender individual is clearly immoral by openly seeking to be the most authentic version of herself she believes is possible. One engages in criminal activity and still gets the benefit of the doubt, while the other operates completely within the law and is still vilified…
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