I am so, so freaking tired of people bashing on gays. I am tired of bible thumpers who claim to be living God's directives as dictated in the bible being malicious and cruel to people whom are simply living their lives as they feel they were born to be. I believe one is born gay. It is genetically encoded in them and that is simply how they are made, wait for it....by GOD!
For God's sake, we are not talking about pedophiles or people who are making and selling drugs. I'm talking about grown adults, who recognize and embrace who they are and do the best they can to live a life of kindness, generosity and overall, are just good people looking to have happiness and someone to love. We have quite a few same sex couple friends, Marc has several gay cousins and we also have a couple trans-gendered friends. None of these people are odd to us. They are just average people who happen to love someone of the same gender.
I am also very proud to be a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. Our church has officially stated that it allows a homosexual person in a monogamous relationship to hold pastoral positions. It also openly supports people with different sexual expressions and recognizes that these people are in fact, children of God and are welcome to be members of ELCA Lutheran churches. I am proud to have a pastor that seeks to develop understanding among small, rural families, that people who are different from their definition of normal, are indeed still worthy of love, acceptance and should be free from the hatred spewed out of ignorance or religious indignation.
Nobody in this country should be forced to worship God at a church in which they do not feel comfortable, nor should they have to accept anothers views. BUT, that being said, nobody should proclaim that they have the secret key to the pearly gates. Save the fire and brimstone argument for someone who doesn't see God as benevolent. I happen to believe God will welcome all his children home upon death....even if they are gay. I have a fierce, but quiet faith in my soul and that brings me comfort. Is that faith because I adhere to the word of the bible....the book that has been interpreted a gazillion different ways by a gazillion factions....or is is because I feel so deeply that God made each and everyone of us,,,even gay people?
All I know is that in today's Christian world, gay equals bad and I find that abhorrent. I am a Christian. I am a believer in Jesus and I believe all of God's children, gay, straight, yellow or black or brown, will go to heaven. Enough with the gay bashing and proclamations that the bible says its wrong. The bible also says you shouldn't wear mixed/synthetic material and one should stone their child for cursing their parent. So put on the cotton sack cloth and gather a bag of rocks. I'm frustrated and needed to vent. It's my blog, my thoughts and my right to spew my thoughts out into cyber space. Many will not agree with my views. That's ok. Many will agree with me and that's ok too. It really doesn't matter since there are so many more important issues to deal with in this world than whether or not someone is gay.
I know. Let's talk about the million of orphans around the world who are hungry, lonely, and in need of loving arms. Or how about the despicable state of our public education in this country. Heck we could even talk about the millions of people without adequate health care in this country because they can not afford it. See, there are lots and lots of other topics to discuss that are actually important and have some bearing on the future of our country and not one of those topics involves the weary old saga of Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve. Give me a freakin' break. Give me Adam and Steve any ol' day over crabby old church ladies. At least Adam and Steve will make me laugh and we can share a laugh and a drink.
Thank God for freedom of speech where I can share my thoughts, however unpopular they may be with the Christian/moral majority.