Today while watching the Today Show, breaking news interrupted the talk show portion that I find myself enjoying every morning over a cup of coffee. The Supreme Court had legalized gay marriage nationwide. As I continued watching the two little boys I nanny play, I began to think about my personal response.
As a Christian growing up in the Bible Belt, I’ve often felt pressured to disdain homosexuality. I have even felt the pressure to be AFRAID of homosexuality and the individuals that have, as been previously ingrained through the society I grew up in, “chosen” this lifestyle. After hearing this breaking news, this historical news that would undoubtedly be all over history ebooks in the future, I felt compelled to write what I believe God is putting on my heart and calling Christians to do nationwide.
Most Christians believe that homosexuality is a sin. This is just the plain fact. The majority of Christians believe that there is no place in heaven for gay or lesbian couples. How do they/(we?) back up their/(our) claim? The claim can be backed up through verses in the bible. Ask any adamant anti-gay rights Christian and they will surely have these verses down by heart.
Personally, God has not come to me in some misty dream and spoken to me, Gracie Blanchard about the sinful nature of homosexuality. God has not deemed it unforgiving to me, or stated that homosexual beings have no place next to him in Heaven. I believe that it is not my right to tell other people on this earth God’s decision on such a huge issue of spiritual life after death.
Now that I have stated my objectivity, I can stake my claim. When Jesus Christ himself walked on this earth, he was asked possibly one of the most revealing questions about how we are to live and make decisions on this earth. Jesus was asked, “hey. So like what is literally the most important commandment”. This should 100% squash any argument made about what kind of love is right or wrong, or how we as Christians should respond to situations. Jesus Christ himself answered that above all, we were to love God. And next, the most IMPORTANT thing we are to do as human beings in this lifetime is to love others. Love them. Let me just repeat for good measure, love them.
It is now more important than ever for Christians to display love not only to eachother but to everyone in this country. The world is changing, social boundaries are being pushed and the domestic confines are expanding. But we should all be looking at these changing times and historical moments like the Supreme Court ruling today as OPPORTUNITIES to demonstrate the massive love God has for every single person. This is our time to be a witness to God’s love and ACCEPTANCE.
No matter what your belief is on gay rights, if you are out there claiming to be a believer of Jesus Christ than you need be expressing his #1 rule for us to follow, plain and simple. If homosexuals are loving each other, do you need to crucify this till the end, or are there possibly other issues and immoral things happening that you could better throw your energy into trying to change. If you’re worried about your current or future children, maybe redirect your energy into the downward moral spiral of the music industry, or the constant sex and innuendos on commercials plastered on even family television networks. Maybe let’s change how children view commitment over how they view who to love. Maybe we should worry about how society views the quality over love instead of having a fixation on who to love.
This is the time to show the love and acceptance God shows us daily. I know for a fact that my sins are no different than the sin, “sins”, or lifestyle (three different words for whatever you believe) of homosexuals. My sins of impatience, selfishness, and quick temper are not lesser than what some people are accusing homosexuals’ sins. No matter what you believe, you are not drawing one.single.person closer to God by not accepting a lifestyle that they are not likely to change by your preachy nature.