I have so many mixed emotions about everything in the news these days. I’ve always considered myself a Christian, but when so many Christians are judging people and being down right disrespectful of others I find it hard to publicly announce my beliefs.
Let’s start with anything political…I have a firm belief that politicians should never (ever) run on the basis of religion of any kind. Do not talk about what people “should” or “should not” do. Do not talk about whether or not you believe in abortion or whether it is right or wrong. Do not talk about stem cell research. Do not talk about affairs. Do not talk about gun legislation. And do not talk about legality of drugs. (For the record…I do not think abortion is “right” for ME, but I cannot and will not speak for others. I think stem cell research is extremely important in order for us to advance medicine. What politician actually hasn’t had an affair? Guns should be legal in order for people to protect themselves. And I think marijuana should be legalized and taxed.)
And absolutely, positively stop this war on same-sex marriages. Why do you really care if people of the same-sex are getting married? Here are a few thoughts that I have on the subject. I’ve known many LGBT people through the years and count many of them among my most trusted and loving friends! I know that through the years there has been talk of the LGBT community being a promiscuous group – often dating the exes of current partners. But…have you EVEN seen the news or anything on TV over the past 20 years? promiscuity is rampant in the high schools among young girls and heterosexual couples. It’s clearly an issue with politicians and others who hold themselves in high regard. There have been countless news stories of high schools with abundance of teen pregnancies. There’s even a show about teenage mothers. The divorce rates are outrageously high, and yet I know many same-sex couples who have longer lasting relationships than heterosexual couples. The devotion they show each other is beyond comprehension in many cases. A big problem I have is the inability for same-sex couples to act on each other’s behalf simply because they do NOT have a piece of paper stating so. In an emergency they are unable to speak for the other at the hospital – even if it’s life or death. This does not make any sense to me! I have been following the most awesome blog for a while now called Raising my Rainbow – it is about a little boy who does not relate to being a boy. He likes Disney princesses, pink, ballet, and all things girly. Someone posted a link on Facebook and I read one post and fell in love with this little boy and his loving family. The little boy may outgrow this, and it may just be a phase, but it could very possibly be his life (forever). I find it impossible that a child so young would make this decision unless he was “born this way” (thank you Lady Gaga). All I’ve ever heard through my years in and out of church has been that God does not make mistakes. He is deliberate in his actions and he knows everything about us before we are born. People would not choose a way of life that would be the brunt of such ridicule and hate!
My friend Lindsay posted this yesterday on Facebook (she and I used to attend the same church where her mother taught a Sunday School class I attended)…There’s a lot of attention on Christianity right now, and all I’m going to say on the matter is this: Jesus said we are supposed to be the light of the world, set apart by His unconditional, selfless love. No matter what else, we are commanded to show that same love to others, to everyone. Note the use of the word EVERYONE! We should love everyone. I know many LGBT people who love God, and I’m quite sure he loves them too.
This takes me to the Chick-fil-a controversy. I love me some CFA chicken and lemonade. I’m not one to quickly jump on any bandwagon and follow the crowd. I am such a picky eater and so I am currently torn between boycotting and enjoying some chicken nuggets. I have many friends who have immediately boycotted them. I have other friends, LGBT included, who still eat there. I saw a post somewhere (probably Facebook as I seem to spend a lot of time there) that stated something to the effect – “You eat at a Christian establishment, knowing they have always been Christian and are closed on Sundays and yet you are surprised at their announcement against same-sex marriage.” Hmmm…that’s an interesting point of view. But then I see this girl post a long video on YouTube titled Chick-fil-a and Proverbs 25:21 and she also got me thinking. When she started talking about the “biblical explanation” for marriage it made me think we’ve evolved so much and yet so little. If we strictly follow the biblical explanation women would have so few rights today – and I would NOT stand for that. I think we need to understand that when the Old Testament was written it was a very different time, which is why things changed in the New Testament. Where there once was no music (musical instruments) there are now. There are churches today that still follow the Old Testament and do not use instruments in their churches. Yet, many, like those that I typically attend have full bands – guitars, drums, cymbals, you name it! What would the Bible be like if it was written today? How would the Old Testament read? What about the New Testament? My parents recently stopped going to their church because every time they stepped into their Sunday School class there was a discussion about “gays” – and quite frankly they were over it. Enough with judging and bashing everyone! Can we all just have our beliefs without being hateful to others?
We all have the right to fight for what we believe in, contribute money to where we feel it is best put to use, but I think it can be done respectfully and without slinging hate around. I honestly haven’t looked up the organizations that Dan Cathy (or the Cathy/Chick-fil-a family) is donating to. I just haven’t had the time in the past few days. If they are Christian organizations about “saving the sanctity of marriage” – marriage as they believe it to be true – then I cannot fault them for that. HOWEVER, if they are donating to organizations that brutalize and kill “gays” then I have a big issue with it. One other thing that I thought of about the CFA controversy – why just discriminate against the LGBT community? If God believes that all sin is equal than I think that CFA should not serve people who have committed crimes or any other sin (coveting thy neighbor’s house, or covet they neighbor’s wife, thou shalt not steal…and the list goes on. There are 10 Commandments if you were unsure.)
Please…it’s 2012 and we need to find ways to be more tolerant and accepting of everyone. We should all be able to live our lives without shoving it down each other’s throats. I have never encountered a LGBT who has tried to convert me or tell me my way of living is wrong. So why would I do that to them? It is not my place to determine they are wrong for following their hearts.
I will leave you with this that I saw on Facebook (yes, again…Facebook).
Acknowledge we are all different and strive to be a decent and loving human being.