No apologies for my faithfulness; I’m gay but I’m also a man who believes in a higher power. God, Creator, Yahweh, Spirit, The “One”… choose whatever label you are comfortable with. I simply do not believe life is just a co-inky-dink; that we are simply born, die and that’s the end.
I believe in so much more!
We are not alone; we are not a “happenstance” — some mingling of two molecules that somehow, quite by accident did miraculously combine, resulting in our creation. There is a reason, a purpose for our being here.
This doesn’t mean I’m blind to science though; I do believe in evolution.
In fact, I think it is not only silly but downright irresponsible that some institutions teach only creationism. It isn’t God’s intention for us to walk through life with blinders on, oblivious to the fact that “life evolves.” God doesn’t ask that we remain ignorant of how our lives and our environment are affected by science.
If anything, I believe He would ask that we continually question and search out the truth. Anything less is a waste of our intellect which, if one is to believe that all things come from God so too do the minds with which we use to reason with each day.
And yet, there are many who cling to tradition; even in the face of a preponderance of evidence indicating they do not fully understand that which they. Their inability to move past their fear and hatred give them cause to do things in the name of their “faith” that is unwarranted, anything but Christ-like and downright inhumane.
I am appalled by the vast majority of those who are quick to proclaim themselves as Christians or devout Catholics,for their fellow man.
These individuals are so quick to try and justify their prejudice through a “book” written thousands of years ago in Hebrew (with the exception of a few chapters written in Aramaic). It was written during an era when the language did not even have “words” for some of the things “Christians” and others of faith attempt to pass judgment on today. For instance, many assume God held homosexuality in disfavor when only one or two scriptures make mention of persons of the same gender laying with one another. (Even then, it takes a stretch of the imagination and gross misinterpretation of those scriptures to justify their stance on the matter.)
Those who use the Bible to justify their prejudice against (and the hatred or disgust they feel toward homosexuals) more often than not will disregard all scripture which may present their own actions in an unfavorable light. Such persons choose instead to focus ONLY on passages that appear to support their not so Godly agendas. They much prefer to criticize and condemn rather than leave the judging up to Another who might know our hearts so much better than our peers EVER could.
How ironic is it that they cannot see the correlation between the arguments used by those who preceded them, who relied on the Bible in a failed attempt to justify slavery and? Those same arguments are eerily similar to the ones given in the “present day” while trying to prevent same-sex couples from marrying, a right opposite-sex couples often take for granted. (We simply wish to secure the same protections for our loved ones as any other “married couple” might enjoy under the (sic) watchful eyes of the government.)
But setting aside the issue of marriage equality for now…
Do you know what really irritates me the most?
When friends and family profess to be understanding and open-minded, yet fall strangely quiet when their much louder “Christian peers” are out there kicking up a fuss and slapping [LGBTQ] persons in the face with hateful comments and degradations.
I cannot tell you the number of times I have stood up for the type of Christian I admire, gently speaking to those who may have endured years of insults (and even physical violence) at the hands of professed “Christians.” I try to remind the victims of those who veil their hatred behind religious dogma that “not they (and I) take offense to.” I insist there are good people out there who are both faithful AND open-minded, tolerant and accepting
In short, I tell them that there are some Christians who are TRULY worthy of the name.
And then these very same “Christians” of whom I am thinking of fail to stand up to their peers who are giving all of Christianity a black eye. It is sadly disappointing. No, it is @#!(##$& infuriating is what it is!
I am now directing my comments to those of you who are unwilling to recognize the hypocrisy of saying in one breath that you believe people should be more understanding, tolerant and accepting of those who identify as LGBTQ — yet you go “out of your way” to express your devotion and give money to companies that have expressly made it their business to support hateful, anti-gay groups.
I’m talking about the subject matter of which we’ve all grown tired of hearing about; Chick-fil-A and the response to Mike Huckaby’s call for all Christians to support Dan Cathy and his chain of restaurants (if we can call them such). You see, Cathy and those illiterate cows that spread their message (“Eat Mor Chikin“) use some of their profits to support institutions that are clearly anti-gay.
The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) is a group that has voraciously worked to oppose marriage equality here in the United States. Were you to visit their site, you might have a difficult time identifying whether you were on their site or that of Chick-fil-A‘s. (To put it another way, they are sucking up to Chick-fil-A as a Dyson does to dirt; I imagine, all in the pursuit of some of the restaurant chain’s profits to further fund their hateful agenda.)
In the wake of this support (and more importantly, the lack of any expressed concern by anyone I know who identifies as “Christian” for friends or family members who are gay, lesbian or transgendered), I will no longer defend those Christians who pretend to be tolerant and accepting. I will no longer ask my own friends not to “lump all Christians into a common pot.” Why should I? None within my own circle of friends and family have even bothered to try and understand “WHY we [LGBTQ persons] are so offended by the idea that our own money and that of our friends and family have been used against us.
I myself have frequented Chick-fil-A and Wendy’s fast food franchises in the past (no more).
Our dollars are among those given by Dan Cathy (and others like him) to the very groups who have tried to present us as evil and unworthy of tolerance, acceptance OR equality.
By and large, the OVERWHELMING MAJORITY of “Christians” have demonstrated on so many levels that their (your?) compassion and understanding are not genuine. Even friends have failed to understand that it is unacceptable when corporations and/or a majority try to force their will upon a minority simply because that minority doesn’t fit in with their (your?) religious ideals.
In light of the above, I am moved to no longer lift a finger to try and defend the honor of any Christians whatsoever. Same goes for persons of color (blacks) who cannot or refuse to recognize just how very similar OUR fight for acceptance and equality is to that fought by their own ancestors (and some of my own) many years ago. You’re on your own, folks (just as we seem to be).