Given the heated rhetoric I've been hearing lately, I find it refreshing to read something that doesn't focus on trying to find someone to blame for the world's problems. Thanks to the sharing abilities of Facebook, I was able to read from a blog post that said so many of the things that I've felt needed to be said. And I won't lie, it can be construed as offensive to people of faith purely from the title I'm Christian, unless you're gay, but in order to really get at the message, you need to look past that. The point the author makes is simple: if you're going to be a real Christian, or even just a decent human being, it is unacceptable to hate people just for being different than you are. If we are to have a better world, we need to really learn how to love.
On the same blog, the author posted the contents of an email sent to him as a reaction to the blog post. In it she reveals how she realized that her own son was gay and how she came to terms with the hateful things she used to say about gay people. Sometimes people can go through amazing transformations when they're willing to keep an open mind and open heart. If only people didn't need to be personally affected in this way to question the way they treat others.
I know, I sound like a hippie right now, or a promotional spiel on the Lifetime Movie Network. That's not my intent. I just want to be honest about how these pieces of writing touched me. I have a lot of friends who have struggled with hate because of sexual orientation, religious preferences, and many other reasons. There are 7 billion people on this planet, and none of us are exactly the same, but we all need love. And expending the energy on hating others takes away from our precious time and energy that we could be dedicating to something else.
We all have a personal responsibility for the way we speak of and interact with others. Before you say something cruel to or about someone you barely know, think about the impact your words may really have. Even if you believe the way someone lives is sinful, is that enough reason to treat them as less than a human being? If you were them, how would you want others to treat you?
Anyway, it's something to think about.