Love is Love. It’s as simple as that, but apparently not everyone sees it that way. There are places where you can be imprisoned for being in a gay relationship or even for saying ‘hey, some people are gay, we’re cool with it.’ How horrific is that? Then there’s been all the hoo-ha over the bill in Arizona (vetoed I believe) which could have led to LGBTI folks being turned away by those with ‘sincerely held’ beliefs. Two tier civilisation. A complete no-no.
What is so offensive about love? What is so threatening about it? I don’t understand. Yes, way back when I was young, naive and more than just a little easily led I held (and only lightly even then) to the idea the one man and one woman was the way to go. I held it in ignorance because I didn’t know anyone who was gay and I really didn’t quite understand the concept.
Inexperience can only be an excuse for so long, though. (My vicar would turn that into an innuendo and he thinks I’ve got a dirty mind!)Eventually you’ve got to grow up, challenge what you’ve held true and measure it up against reality. And when I did that I realised that God is Love. God loves us all, no matter how we are or who we are or what we are. Jesus embodied that. Who did he make friends with? The outcasts, the unclean, the uncouth, the unwashed masses. He hugged and touched and reached out to all those in need. He didn’t discriminate.
So why do some Christians insist on putting boundaries around love? There’s a great blog by Mark Sandlin on the so called ‘clobber’ verses used to ‘prove’ that homosexuality is a sin. It highlights what is really meant by these verses in context. It’s rather long but well worth a read.
I think the answer to this question is fear. Some folks are just scared of change, of doing something different, of meeting someone a bit out of their usual circle. The LGBT community is a bit of a mystery to some and a scary old bundle of lies and mixed messages for others. But fear of the unknown only holds you back and not for any good reason, either.
Here is a fabulous quote I found in this Believe Out Loud blog Rethinking ‘Religious Freedom’ Laws. It struck me so powerfully I made it into a pretty picture:
Please read the blog post by Vivian Taylor, it is very powerful indeed.
At the end of the day, I’m calling for you to join me in trying to love as God loves.Unconditionally. It’s not easy but it’s something to strive for. Because through us God works. Our love is a divine love and if we don’t share it, who else will?