Writing about homosexuality and Christianity is a bit like painting my barn.
- I am not a professional, and I am poorly-equipped to do a thorough, perfect job. I’m just doing the best I can with what I’ve got.
- I know I’m going to miss a few spots. It’s rough wood and there are cracks and gaps and nail-holes. The job will have to dry in the sun for a while and then I’ll have to come back and look at it from another angle before I can see the bare spots. I acknowledge that this first coat just isn’t going to cover everything.
- I am pretty much guaranteed to come away splattered in brown – both literally (because that’s what colour the barn is) and figuratively (because when some people read a topic like this one, they can’t help but start flinging the proverbial poo).
Now let’s get to it.
There are an awful lot of people out there who are downright nasty folks and yet they wear a Christianity nametag. Unfortunately, those who claim that God hates gays get an awful lot of press. Their hatred casts a shadow over everyone else who claims Christ, and that shadow chases people away from the love of God.
But let’s look at the day and age in which we live. Hopefully by now we’ve realized that not all white people are slave-traders and not all Muslims are terrorists. For crying out loud, not even all sportscasters are men! Surely we can make it known that not all Christians are hate-spewing bigots.
Lots of people have written in objection to that hateful slogan that keeps rearing its ugly head. Lots of wise and wonderful people. I really don’t have anything new to say on the subject. So why am I writing? Because I want to be very clear about where I personally stand on the issue. I don’t want to just link to other articles and blogs with which I agree. I want to say it in my own words.
God is love. He is all about love. He designed love. He loves us, His cherished pinnacle of creation. He loves us individually and intimately and deeper than we can comprehend. To say that He hates gays is to negate the very essence of Who He is. He does not love you less because you’re homosexual. And He does not love me more because I’m heterosexual. He does not love me more because I’m female or Caucasian or Canadian or a mom or even because I’m a Christian. He just loves me. Pure and simple.
And I love Him.
Because of that relationship, I try to live my life in such a way that others would be drawn into a love relationship with Him. It is not my job to stand in judgment over others. I don’t want the world pointing an accusing finger at me every time I screw up, so I’d rather not point any accusing fingers at others – regardless of whether their “screw-up” is legitimate, perceived by me, or perceived by the culture around me. My job is to show love.
If you have been bullied by someone who tried to blame their hatred on God, I am so very sorry for what that must have done to you. If you have been told that you are less loved, less wanted, less worthy because of your sexual orientation, gender, religious affiliation, race or cultural background, please know that you were deeply wronged. That hatred is not of God and it is not founded in the Bible.
I don’t know if this message will go any further than my handful of subscribers, but if by chance you come across this and you have been a target of ungodly hatred, I want you to know that God is head-over-heels in love with you. Seek Him. Ask Him to make Himself real to you. Please don’t give up. You deserve to know how loved you are. You are worth it.