I was poking back through a few drafts of posts I had saved when I discovered a post I had actually trashed two years ago because I was afraid of the backlash I might receive if I actually posted it, afraid people may only read the parts they wanted to in order to be offended. Lately, being offended is the hip thing to do. And that made me realize that maybe my message is even more important than it was when I originally wrote this. I just ask if you read it to know that I did write this in love and am sharing it in love. I pray anyone reading this sees my heart:
God never asked for our assistance in judging one another; He called us to love Him and to LOVE one another, and this was put above all the other commandments. If we could all stop looking for each other’s faults and begin to see and repent of our own, wouldn’t it be easier to love others? After all, not one of us is perfect.
I want to address an issue that has been heavy on my heart for sometime now. Unfortunately, though I do this in love and with good intentions in hoping to make others see love, I am sure some will find a way to be offended. This is why I’ve not addressed the issue earlier. So, please read with an open mind, no matter which side you take on the matter.
As a straight person, I admit I do not understand anything really about being gay. I do know that I have now and have in the past had several gay people come in and out of my life whom I have thought were amazing people, regardless of their sexual orientation. People are people, whether black or white, gay or straight, and we are called to look at each other’s hearts and to love one another.
Sometimes the discussion of whether being gay is morally right or wrong comes up because I am a Christian. This is always an awkward matter that I try to avoid. Why? Because I have to admit that I do not think this is what God intended; however, I also feel that it is not my place, nor any other Christian’s place to pass judgment on those who are gay. I want to love people, no matter their orientation.
Again, no person is perfect.
Whatever our imperfections, impurities, vices, etc., we all have them in some form. Let’s try not to focus on these things in one another, but to see the good instead, and to see that deep down we are the same and everyone just wants to be and equally deserves to be loved, because God loves us equally.
As far as I can tell, there are people like me who try to generally stay out of the crossfire when it comes to this matter. But I also see people thrusting themselves in and hating one another. I see Christians condemning gays and I see gays condemning Christians. What will this ever solve?
On the side of gay people, I see them often feeling they are being backed into a corner. We cannot deny that hate crimes do exist, and hurtful comments are uttered under breath. A basic reaction to this is always to attack back or to stay as small as possible in that corner, hoping not to be noticed.
Then on the side of Christians, I often see and hear comments about how all Christians are hypocritical and hateful, yet most of the people I know who claim to be Christians really do not hold any animosity towards gay people. This is an unfair stereotype based on a small percentage of loudmouths making us all look bad. Coming down on all Christians as being hypocritical and judgmental then becomes just as hypocritical and judgmental on the other side. Christians have been persecuted around the world for over 2,000 years now, something that doesn’t seem like it will end any time soon.
This post isn’t about taking sides. There should not be sides. This post is to encourage love. We will all be judged eventually…by God. Let’s let Him take care of it and just do as we have been commanded by Him to do, and love one other.