Gay America: A War in the Wake of Pride
In the wake of what has been one of the most pivotal societal turns for our beloved nation, it is no secret that the times they are a-changin’. America is in the midst of a progressive, “free-spirited” encounter and the days of metaphorical white picket fences, big red doors and tire swings in the front yard are long gone.
Now before I go on, please allow me to explain, I am not writing this to advocate gay marriage. However, I am not writing this to oppose gay marriage either. My purpose in this article is to show the needless divide that has been portrayed in the media and even on social networks due to this social issue.
A divide in our humanity, widening the gap between our fellow human race. A divide between the LGBT community and the Christian community. A needless battle of words and wit. Of who can out-phsycobabble the other, who can out-pharisee the other (chistianese). All this deems worthless when we shout #LoveWins in 2015 and #LoveWon two thousand and fifteen years ago on a cross. Now I will continue…
So I chose to see each person as my Father God made them…a human. With their own issues, a grayscale of moral struggles, and spiritual ideas. Thats how I chose to see each member of the LGBT community. Not as one group of hostile homosexuals pushing an agenda on a nation, but as human beings who have struggles and don’t know what I know. I hope that any one who reads this and may identify as any of the L the G the B or the T would not group me or any Christian in with the common terms of bible bashing bigot who hates gays and wants them to burn in hell. What you must understand is this. What we hold sacred is being redefined, and we don’t know how to act. So give us a second or two while we figure it out. You know that grace thing us Christians alway talk about? We could use some right about now.
Culture has constantly been adapting and adjusting to the way we interpret and experience our situations. For example, Woodstock was a culture shock to our nation! Our youth were wild, dancing free from all moral compass’, sex everywhere and we had no idea how to take it! Now, we have an annual festival named Coachella. The LGBT community were at one time interpreted as outcasts, shunned from society and forced to live their lives underground. This was due to our lack of experiencing who they were as people and understanding the situation they were in. However, there is one place where all interpretation of basic human decency and an advocacy for human rights was never in question. “The first of all the commandments is: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’[e]This is the first commandment.[f] 31 And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’[g] There is no other commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:29-31)
Jesus gives no greater commandment than to love Him first and foremost. Meaning nothing is more important than God in all of our lives, and equal with that commandment is to love every other person on this earth as much as you love yourself. Sounds impossible right? That’s the point. That’s why we need God, and thats why we need to define “LOVE”.
Paul defines LOVE as 1 Corinthians 13:4
“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.”
Now if we pull all of these puzzle pieces together and we begin to love every single person regardless of their opinion on this ALREADY DECIDED cultural decision, then we may be able to make some progress. Having an us vs. them mentality is not going to get us anywhere as a society. It may help politically, but greater things are at odds here. Who knows, Love might Win after all.
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