Chicken and Kisses

It’s easy to follow the crowd.

 

Individuals for and against marriage-rights have taken tough stances this week.

 

It’s easy to agree with people that act like you, dress like you, go out in your neighborhood, go to church with you, or are a part of your family. Following what is popular among the people you feel most comfortable with is really easy… Asking questions is much harder.

I planned to refrain from posting political stances on this blog no matter how passionately I felt. I planned to keep my mouth shut and take a neutral, but caring stance.

 

But I can’t not say something.

 

An entire community of people felt hated yesterday. And since I come from the group making the tough stand, I feel like I must say something.

 

I don’t believe that people stood in line at Chic-fil-A with evil intentions. I think most people felt that they were standing up for what they believed: in Christianity and in the Bible. I don’t think most people meant to hurt anyone.

 

But they did.

 

It’s easy to take a stand against a face-less population. So instead of hearing the word ‘homosexual’ and automatically thinking ‘sin’  think of each and every gay individual who needs love and think about how they feel about Christianity, and possibly the God you represent, right now.

 

The love of God was not spread yesterday.

 

  • Women and black Americans were once not able to vote in the name of God.
  • Slaves were once owned by white males in the name of God.
  • Bi-racial couples were once unable to marry in the name of God.
  • Hitler once killed the Jews in the name of God.
  • Same-sex consenting adults are currently not allowed to enjoy the benefits of love and marriage in the name of God.

 

And yesterday a large community of people felt that they were hated by those who carry the name of God.

And the people who did it seem to feel very proud of themselves.

 

Before you follow a crowd and take a stand, consider what message you are sending to the world.

Yesterday, a CEO felt love, and the Christian community felt support, but how did the gay community feel?

If someone told you they loved you, but didn’t accept a significant portion of your life, how would you feel?

 

The Bible says to “Love God with all your heart, your soul, and your mind” and “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Isn’t your job to show the world love? Isn’t it your job to spread the love of God to all people? And based on your belief system, isn’t love what saves?

 

Think about it.

 

And before anyone on the other side goes to Chick-fil-a to make-out with a same sex friend or partner… what message does this spread?

I fundamentally disagree with any opinion in which the premise is one of prejudice or inequality. I believe in equal opportunities despite race, sex or orientation. I believe gay rights are human rights. These beliefs are very spiritual to me, but they have nothing to do with religion.

 

But if I hate/judge another for believing differently than me, I am not showing the love I intend to spread?

 

I hope and pray that progress and equality will prevail, but I do not intend to spread a hateful message no matter how angry another person’s belief system makes me.

 

I intend to spread love.

 

We are one. We are love. We are all equal.

 

another thought provoking article:

why Jesus loves LGBT people and ‘gay’ marriage doesn’t exsist