“Yesterday is gone, Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin” Mother Teresa
I am so very happy. The “Right to Discriminate Bill” was vetoed. Weather you like her or not the governor of Arizona did the good and right thing by vetoing this bill.
I wish that I could say that I don’t understand why anybody would hate somebody else, or at the very least intensely dislike somebody or a belief different from their own. But, I think I do know why. Fear. I have heard it and read it many times. We fear what we don’t understand.
I don’t understand so much. But, I do believe that I may have a modicum of wisdom about fear. I WAS the Christian who feared gays. I never was militant in my fear of gay people, I was what you might say uncomfortable about this topic. The turn the page, quickly.” This makes me squirm”, kind of fear.
But, the past decade has made me jump through some hoops , peel back some layers, and allow God to change me. It has been necessary. Why? Because I have a large family of gay people that I love and adore. This doesn’t make me special. I love them because they are people. Just people, like me. People who are trying to live their lives, find love, pay bills, have relationships, go to church, go out to dinner, go to work. Just people trying to live their lives.
I have enough on my plate trying to get on with my own life! It takes enough energy trying to “properly” raise my precious 13 year old daughter, run errands, home-school, clean, cook, walk the dogs and visit my dying momma in hospice. Please, don’t tell me I have to conjure up the energy to hate people that are not exactly like me. EVERYONE else is not exactly like me, and I am truly, deeply, madly thrilled about this. I don’t think for one moment that God did not see these differences coming. I believe He wanted a vastly different rainbow of humans……………a lollapalooza assortment of people. The mixed box of chocolates, if you will to love and worship Him. I have never found my God to be boring or typical. My experience with God has never been comfortable or status quo. Oh no, never that. If it starts to get boring He surely starts to move me out of my “comfort” zone.
So back to the good news about the “Discrimination Bill” being vetoed. It is good news to many Christians and non-Christians (in my humble opinion)………….drum roll please, because life is way too short down here on earth. We are a mere pen dot on the time-line of eternity. There is a book: “Heaven” by Randy Alcorn. He states (this is loosely stated) To draw a line, a line that never ends. Put a dot on it with a pen. Now, step back and look at that dot. That is our individual time hear on earth. So, ask yourself. “How will I spend the time that God has given me on earth”? Loving God and loving people? Or getting worked into a lather every time I come across people that are different from me? I have not found, for one minute discriminating, or hating on anyone to be time well spent. Have you ever, ever hated or shamed someone into “Seeing the Light”? Me either.
The Way of Love:
If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate.
If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all mysteries and making everything plain as day and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump”, and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing.
If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love. I Corinthians 13:1-7