What Jesus Wants – Love Your Gay Neighbors

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I grew up in a Christian church and one of the biggest lessons I learned while I was there was love. I was taught that Jesus was the type of man who hung out with thieves, prostitutes, and the poor and loved each one of them in the same way he loved others. I was also taught that our place is not to judge others lest we be judged ourselves. The whole “he who casts the first stone” lesson.

The U.S. supreme Court decision on Friday that supported the right of same-sex couples to marry created much joy in the hearts of those who have been in support of equal rights for gay people. Those supporters include individuals from all walks of life. For those individuals, the fight has always been about love, not about any hidden “gay agenda” and definitely not about discrimination or hatred.

Mixed in with all the love and celebration of that decision came a strong dose of fear-based, judgemental, and at times hate-filled words. While those reactions were expected from the clearly bigoted, hateful groups of individuals who still exist in our country, it was disappointing to see some of these same reactions coming from people who claim to be “Christians.” The response was not Christ-like from a space of non-judgment and love. On the contrary, it was harsh, judgmental, and oft-times hateful.

There seems to be a great misunderstanding amongst some Christians (note I said “some” not “all”) of the Fundamental, Evangelical, or Conservative persuasions, that you cannot be gay and be a Christian. They take a stance of “us against them.” The “righteous against the sinners.” The “good against the bad.” The “moral against the immoral.” What an unfortunate, disillusioned, and limiting stance. In reality, a great number of gay people are indeed Christian. They go to church, they hold Bible studies, they pray for your souls, they feed and clothe the hungry. There are also Buddhists, Jews, Muslims, Agnostics, Sikhs, Atheists, Wiccans, etc.; the same mix of faiths and belief systems as the rest of our wonderful country.

We are all human beings. We all deserve love. We all deserve equal rights no matter what our religious or spiritual stance may be. Basic human rights has absolutely nothing to do with your religion. We all should have equal protection under the law. The law of our country is not the Bible or God’s law. It is the Constitution. If the law of the land were based on one religion, then that would impede on the rights of others who choose to believe something different.

Gay people were given the Constitutionally protected right to marry the person they love. This in no way, shape or form infringes upon your right to choose who you will marry. It in no way, shape, or form infringes on your right to choose the religion you want to practice. You can still go to your churches, still read your Bibles, still pray for the souls of those you care about. Nothing has changed except for a new challenge to your own hearts. Acceptance.

We all have the opportunity right now to choose love and acceptance. There has been way too much judgment, hatred, fear, and misunderstanding surrounding the issue of gay rights coming from all sides. It’s past time for all who call themselves “Christians” to be the example and reflect how Jesus would want us to be. He would expect nothing less than for us to love one another in both word and deed and cast all judgment aside.

Love always wins.

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4 responses to “What Jesus Wants – Love Your Gay Neighbors

  • tracyth76

    In the United States our rule of law is not “God’s law,” nor Buddha’s, nor Allah’s, nor Vishnu’s, etc. the rule of law here is the U.S. Constitution and that is the final measure for ALL laws created in our Country in order to ensure Equal Rights and protections for all. If a law in our country is found to be discriminatory, then it is challenged through the court system all the way to the top and final level, the U.S. Supreme Court. In this recent case it was found that the denial of the right for same-sex individuals to marry in this country was deemed Unconstitutional. This decision has ZERO impact on the right to choose to practice one’s own religion.

    There is a reason we have a division between Church (religion) and State in our country. That division provides freedom from a monotheistic belief system that would take away the freedoms of others to worship whom and as they choose.

    This blog post was not about politics but the one single truth of Christianity and what Jesus preached. Love, acceptance, and non-judgment. Period.

  • Sueblimely

    Amen to this post. Although it won’t remove prejudice it’s a great step forward and it’s life changing for same sex couples who want to marry. Maybe in time it will generally be understood that being gay isn’t a choice and accepted as just part of the way a large proportion of the population

  • Willena Flewelling

    A couple of thoughts…

    Jesus hung around with thieves and prostitutes, and He loved them. But He never said it was okay for them to continue living that way.

    He taught us not to judge, in the sense of casting judgment. But He also taught us discernment, and knowing whether something is in accordance with His Word or not.

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