Monthly Archives: October 2012

Warning: Spur Of The Moment Rant.

This morning I turned in the TV to check the news for a few minutes before leaving to run errands. I meant to spend five minutes and then be on my way, but as my TV turned on there was suddenly a preacher yelling at me about the dangers of being homosexual. He was quoting scripture alongside statistics on AIDS from the 1980’s and I sat there unable to look away as this obliviously angry man hurled insults through the TV. I was appalled at what I heard:

“Being homosexual is not only evil, it’s stupid. It’s as stupid as you can be and still breathe!”

At first all I could think was, why is he so angry? Why had he chosen this topic to be so upset about? Then I thought about the kind and intelligent people I know who are gay. The woman who’s a family counselor and passionate about the restoration of families. The man I went to school with, who instantly questioned our friendship the moment I told him I was a Christian. He’d been hurt by the church in the past.  How would they feel if they heard this preacher?

Next, the preacher started explaining why every Christian should buy and read his book in order to better spread the love of Jesus.

Really? REALLY?

I’m pretty sure Jesus never went around telling people they were stupid not to believe everything he said. No, instead Jesus proved his love by befriending the outcasts of society, healing the sick and bringing hope to the poor. The things Jesus got angry about were corruption and hypocrisy within the temple and people who hurt little children.

Why do some Christians hyper-focus on this subject of homosexuality? I don’t understand it. Why not focus on the things Jesus himself was concerned about, like poverty, disease and injustice? Why haven’t I heard a preacher getting angry about child molesters? That’s an issue many people I love have been affected by.

I know this is a sensitive subject, but what I think we as Christians all need to remember, regardless of our beliefs about homosexuality, is that Jesus died for all people. Jesus loves all people. Jesus’ brand of love was not ranting and shaming others, it was walking alongside broken, hurting people and giving them dignity. He allowed himself to be shamed in a public way, to be killed for the sake of every single human being.

Listen, if you’re gay and you’ve felt attacked by the church, I’m  sorry.  I apologize to everyone who’s been rejected and shamed in the name of God. Please, believe me when I say that’s not the true spirit of Jesus. Jesus loves you. Please, believe that not all Christians are ranting crazies. I hope you find a community of God-fearing, loving people who will open their doors to you. I promise they exist.

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What I’m Really All About

What am I about?  What are my passions and beliefs? Sometimes it’s easy to go through life and not really think about these questions.  Lately though, I’ve been thinking about them a lot. I guess I need to know that my life has meaning, more than just the daily grind. I want to stand for something. I want to look back at my life when I’m old and know that I accomplished something good.

I think it’s too easy in our society to get caught up in the American dream, or at least a corrupted version of it; getting stuff. Big houses, big cars, big closets. We spend all our energy working toward goals of getting stuff, or for some people just getting by. We work all day in order to pay the bills, then at the end of a long day, flop down in front of the T.V. till it’s time to go to bed, then get up and repeat.

I don’t want to just get by, I want to thrive. Not necessarily in a earthly or monetary sense, (although it would be nice) but in an eternal sense. I want my life to be about more than just survival, or status. I want to make connections, to make a difference. Maybe I’m too optimistic to think I can do all of it, but I’m sure as hell going to try.

It’s easy to get distracted by all the things I think I need to do. An uncleaned house probably doesn’t have an eternal consequence, but not living out my passions and beliefs probably does.

I decided to make a list of all the things I care about, I call it my “About” list. I wrote it a few days ago while feeling frustrated with daily life. Sometimes I need to remind myself there are many important things within daily life that define who I am and what I’m striving for.

I’m  about living with less and being happy with less.

I’m about being a naturalist and finding God’s reflection in an ocean wave or mountain stream.

I’m about learning, growing and challenging myself to think outside the box and come to my own conclusions.

I’m about trying to be a better wife, mother and friend. I’m about relationships.

I’m about traveling and finding new places and new people. I’m about cultures, traditions and art.

I’m about creating. Creating memories, beauty and stories.

I’m about words. Reading them, writing them learning more of them.

I’m about valuing and empowering women and girls. Walking alongside them and finding out our worth is more than skin deep.

I’m about love. Giving it, receiving it and believing everyone deserves it.

There’s my optimistic list of what I’m all about. Admittedly, I often lose sight of these things and start to think the most important thing in the world is getting a cup of coffee right now! Or something else equally as trivial, but at least I can come back to my list and remind myself what I’m really striving for and what truly matters in the long run.

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