Ok, so this one scares me. Mama always said not to talk about religion and politics, and I’m going to do both. It is something that weighs heavy on my heart. If you don’t like what I said, that’s fine. Ignore me. It won’t hurt by feelings. I will go back to talking about kids and CrossFit next week. Oh, Jesus take the wheel. We will see where this goes!
I am a Christian. I have been since I was 8 years old. I accepted Christ and was baptized on Easter Sunday by a man named Jack Johnson. Not the singer, although that would have been awesome! Through this journey of religion I have had my ups, downs, doubts, and triumphs. If anyone tells you to become a Christian because it is an easy life, they are full of it. Seriously. I have doubted my faith daily sometimes. It’s ok. It happens. I am nowhere near perfect. No way, no how. It can’t be done. I screw up daily, hourly, sometimes minute by minute. I drink wine, I cuss like a sailor, I yell at my family, and many other egregious errors (all of those today, except the wine as it is 10:00 in the morning). Anyone who tells you these things not a Christian make, is lying. Sorry.
Let me let those of you who do not believe in Christ, and some of you who do believe, in on a little secret. EVERYONE screws up. No one does it right. Romans 3:23 states, “For ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Did you get that? All. No one is exempt. We like to walk around and say things like, “Well, I haven’t killed anyone,” or “At least I didn’t do THAT.” It doesn’t matter. We all live in our own mess of crap. Does God know this? You bet He does. Does it change His love? You bet it doesn’t.
So now what? We need to realize that every single person on this Earth is dealing with their own stuff. The Bible also states in Matthew 7:1 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged.” Phew. Let’s let that sink in a little bit. If I start screaming at you that what you are doing is awful, nasty, and dirty, you can do it to me? Hmmm. I don’t want any part of that. But, we do it. Don’t we.
There are a lot of articles and blogs and opinions about homosexuality. The Bible states it is a sin. It does. I’ve read it. You know what it also states is a sin? Divorce, adultery, greed, working on Sunday, eating pork, and a multitude of other things. Are you shifting in your seat? You should be. We look over those, right? I mean, after church one day where I didn’t tithe because I was redoing my kitchen and needed the money, I went to Rib Crib (where people were working on a Sunday) and ate pulled pork. I mean. I should be shot dead. But, it’s ok. Right?
We can’t pick and chose what we scream and shout about. Hang on, I can hear you screaming, “But it’s our job as Christians to help the lost along the way.” You are right. It is. To help. Not to scream, protest, hurt, slander, deny, and maim. To help. To love. You have told everyone your point. They heard you. Now stop. You know what, homosexuality is not any different from me eating the pork tenderloin that is in the freezer, or screaming obscenities at CrossFit (I do it, those around me know), and you don’t write articles about that. You are not lobbying against that. You are not putting out legislation against that. So stop. Put down your picket signs and your hatred. Don’t deny someone the right to love because it is different from what you do. Homosexuality is simply a label. Behind those labels are people. Real human beings with feelings, and desires, and goals. How would you feel with a label strapped around your neck? If people yelled in your face, “Don’t let her have the right to eat whatever she wants because she’s a glutton.” How about this, “He shouldn’t get a paycheck because he’s greedy and just going to build a ridiculously big house and make my house look bad.” Wouldn’t be a lot of fun, would it?
I have read the Ten Commandments. I have read the Golden Rule. I have read the Great Commission. There are two lines of scripture about homosexuality and there are a million more about loving everyone. The Bible talks more about greed than homosexuality. Yes, I’m talking to you in your big house, reading this on your smart phone or tablet, wearing your über expensive clothes (that’s me as well). So shut up. Stop hurting people and denying people rights. That is not your job. Ever. God did not say “put an end to homosexuality.” He said “Love your neighbor as yourself.” We ALL fall short. No one is perfect. Stop fighting and start loving.