Last night as I was having a bowl of easy mac with stormy, and a friend of ours named Thom Jolly came to sit with us and chat. The conversation was very interesting and I was both intrigued and motivated by what was said. It's almost like my life has been put into perspective.
I apologize if I offend anyone, i don't mean to.
Jolly, as we call him, grew up going to church out of rebellion. yeah, his parents were not christians, but to rebel he went to church. But then something happened to him that really spoke to me. He decided that he was gay, and when he told the church, he was basically not welcome there. He said he went through a stage where he hated religion, hated christians and everything about them.
Now tell me, is this something Jesus would have done? Have we become so caught up in rules and regulations, has the church become so rigid in structure that we do something like this? Now its not just about gays. Its a host of other things too. Something as simple as an unusual body piercing can turn people off. You don't like it? ok, thats fine. no one said you had to. but can we not love these people for who they are? Correct me if i'm wrong, but Jesus hung out with the outcasts of society. Why should we treat these people any different than your best friend?
Even if these things are spelled out in the Bible to be wrong, we're still called to Love them. We all have problems, and no sin is bigger than another. I'm not even gonna make an active effort to fix these problems. I'm not capable to do these things, only God himself is, and only God himself can judge people.
My stomach churned when Jolly told me these stories. I also know of a guy here who has the same church background as me. he's gay, and hasn't told his parents. and you know what?? I feel for him, because that won't be easy. I don't approve of his choices, but i'm gonna love him the same anyhow, and I pray that his parents do the same.
I know this is kinda jumbled and all over the place, but i'm just kind of tired of the "corporitization", if thats even a word, of church. My experiences in New York and now here have taught me and prepared me for so much, and i've just boiled it down to the greatest command: Love one another. No matter how much we all screw up, and we all DO screw up, be accepting of people. Let God turn the hearts of people, let God do the healing. We're all just messengers here. and our message is Love. (wow, thats quite possibly the cheesiest line i've ever ever written)