Aug 27 2015
Wow! What a title! Got your attention? I hope so. This is a controversial enough issue without throwing the Christian part in too but I am going to do it anyway. Well, let me say it’s from my perspective as a Christian and what I would hope would be all Christians perspectives but I know it is not.
First of all, I want to point out that I am not religious. And now I need to explain the difference between religious and Christian as I see it. A religious person follows rules set out by the religion but a Christian follows the teachings set out by Jesus Christ. So, I’m not religious, but I am a Christian.
OK, now, here’s what I believe Jesus taught us about gay people… acceptance, without judgement, without criticism and with love. To clarify a little, this is towards the people, not the act, not what they do, but towards the people themselves. Accept them, don’t judge them, don’t criticise, and love them as people all the same. What too many of us don’t understand is that Jesus loved the people, every one, not just those that did right but everyone. Not only those He wanted too, but everyone. Not only those that think like He does, but everyone. Does that mean he likes what they do? Or encourages it? No. He doesn’t accept the act of what they are doing but he accepts the people, all the people, equally. It’s called unconditional love. No conditions… doesn’t matter what they do or did or who too, He loves them all the same and accepts them as they are. So, as a Christian, I do too.
So, about the topic at hand, Gay Marriage. A gay friend of mine recently posted on Facebook that he doesn’t care about the topic itself but the underlying issue, which is equality. At least that is what I got out of his post, sorry if I misunderstood. But that seems to be what this is really about… equality. I mean, at first I didn’t get it. The gays want to get married? I asked myself. But that’s when the romance ends, the sex ends and all the other jokes or stereotypes that go with married life. You know, you settle down, you stop going out, you have kids and life as you know is officially over. Why do gay people want to fight for that? That’s one thought I had, in a not so serious moment, I must admit. A slightly more serious thought followed later and it was along these lines… More and more married people are getting separated and divorced. I know married people that have become separated, met someone new, someone they want to spend the rest of their lives with but do not want to ever get married again. Does the gay community know that this happens? If they do, then why do they still fight for the ability to get married? And I admit, while it is a more serious thought, it still doesn’t hit the mark of what they really want. It is the ability to choose this option… like everyone else. It is the act of feeling equal. Like every one else… that is what equality really means. To be like everyone else, to have the same choices, the same options, the same opportunities… and the same consequences.
Now, what did I say before about how Jesus treats people? He treats them all the same, as equals. So, would Jesus accept this? Would he want gay people to get married? I don’t think he would care… see, what I said earlier again. He cares about the people, not what they do. Now maybe I’m wrong in thinking this way and I’m sure a lot of religious people will say that I am and probably a lot of Christians too. It doesn’t change what I think… I am for the Gay community being treated as equal and I think Jesus would be too. Yes, I said that.
I am in for equality. I think all people should have equal opportunities and be treated equally, including pay rates… but that’s an entirely different discussion… about the same thing.
None of this has anything to do with my book. I just felt I wanted to share my thoughts on the topic and so I have. If you agree with my perspective then why not share this post or follow me…