Love is my Christianity. Reaching out and hugging people, despite our differences, is my Christianity. Opening myself to new perspectives and beliefs and accepting them, even if they don’t coincide with my personal values, is my Christianity. Caring about other people and their hearts is my Christianity. Celebration is my Christianity.
So often American (white) liberals think that they should get a pat on the back for knowing something about another culture, for not being racist or prejudice.
You smile, and your mother asks, “what’s his name?”
It can only be described as a shard of glass piercing your heart.
Why it is not okay to give these people the same freedom and rights the society gives to straight people?
If the world doesn’t want me, then fuck the world. If you do, then that’s good enough for me.
We are brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, parents and grandparents. We are fat, thin, Black, White, Christian, Jewish, Muslim and everything in between. We are cops, bankers, teachers, lawyers, accountants and anything else you can think of. Because of those who came and fought before me, I get to live my life today as an out and proud Gay man.
The same pharisees and charlatans who couldn’t stand Jesus’ message of love and compassion are the ones today trying to convince us that we should focus more on hating people for their sexual orientation than loving people for being children of God.
And finally, you will be free.
So besides all the downsides of being gay, it is extremely liberating to finally be able to be true to myself and let myself love whomever I want to love.
I spent enough time in the church to know that this is not what Jesus taught.