This morning, I read a post on Pastor Tim Burt’s blog regarding standing firm against accepting homosexuality. First, he misquoted the Bible (I’ll be quite frank, the NLT Bible is one of the worse translations) and he included a sign about bullying. I commented on the blog and he responded, which I thought was nice. I had considered replying back, but then I thought what would God want me to do?
The answer came to me in a verse:
And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet.
Matthew 10:14 (KJV)
It occurred to me that I should let it go and instead write something positive.
There’s a lot of people out there who feel as Pastor Burt does, that homosexuals are sinners and they have to give up their evil ways to find a place at God’s table. But, that isn’t true.
Sure homosexuals commit sins, but being a homosexual isn’t a sin in and of itself. Everyone sins. In that sense, we are all sinners. And, sin is sin. Somewhere along the way to Heaven, the self-righteous have decided that homosexuality is the worse sin and the sin of all sins.
The worse thing about this whole thing is how much they believe it. Then, they indoctrinate their children into believing it and the myth grows until some poor child of God takes his own life out of despair because he’s gay.
That stops today.
Let’s do as Jesus taught and refuse to listen to the self-righteous. I’m not saying that we shouldn’t try to engage them, but once you realize there is no hope for them – walk away and shake the dust off your feet.
Further, spread the word. I admit sometimes I feel a little corny telling someone God Bless, but we have to show our faith. I may give my alms in private, as Jesus taught, but stand up – no, sign up to be one of His disciples and proclaim the good news to your gay brothers and sisters. Reach out to them and remind them that God loves all His children. No more of this political correctness crap – be the Christian God wants you to be.
Today is National Coming Out Day. This is the day when gay people are encouraged to come out to someone. I do that everyday, as most gay people should. When I started my new job, I put Cheryl’s picture up on my desk. As my new co-workers would stop by, a few would ask about the picture. I’d just tell them that she’s my wife.
Tammy Baldwin once said (and I’m paraphrasing) that if you want to live in a world where you can put a picture of your wife on your desk, put a picture of your wife on your desk and you live in that world. In other words, come out, come out wherever you are.
Some straight people don’t understand the big deal. They lie and tell you that their sexuality isn’t public and what’s the big deal. What they don’t understand is that their sexuality is very much public. They go into work and complain about their wife or brag about their kids – they “announce” that they are gay.
It’s funny or ironic. Two of my current co-workers, whom I like very much, think that I am very prideful because I had no problem mentioning my wife. Yet one of them is married and he doesn’t see that it isn’t prideful, he does the samething. Don’t get me wrong, he’s a nice guy; he just doesn’t understand.
We’ve come a long way, but we still have a long way to go. We can only get there if we come out. Take a chance.
There is one more thing: Why don’t we seriously get together and all stay home from work or school next year? Instead of National Coming Out Day, we could have National Stay In Day. I believe that it would do three things:
- It would show how many of us there are.
- and show how the straights couldn’t live without us.
- Watch all the homophobes show up for work, so no one would think they were gay!
So, National Stay In Day – who’s with me?