Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Get Married, Don't Hate.

Since my email is broken, I thought I'd write about gay marriage.

I know I am a little late to the discussion. But, here's the truth:

God loves us all the same. He does not care if we white or black or purple. He does not care if we like blondes or red heads or boys or girls. He does not worry himself with who we take to the prom or if we wax our eyebrows. And frankly, while God prefers us to be God-loving, neighbor-loving, honest, sinless people, He knows as well I as do: That ain't the case.  God knows we are disasters as people.

Being Gay, however, is not one of those sins or disasters. How could loving someone ever be a sin? Love is a beautiful thing and you know what, I don't know that God even particularly cares who we love; just that we love.

God has a lot going on.

So, of course Gay Marriage should be legal. Love is love. Marriage is marriage. Marriage is also a legal state that provides two committed individuals certain rights and protections. It is for people who love each other.  Two people. A man and a woman. A man and a man. A woman and a woman. Just people.

I have no idea why North Carolina thinks they can hate and still claim to be part of the Bible belt.  Frankly, if you don't support gay rights or gay marriage or the idea of being gay, then don't be gay. Don't go to your cousin's gay wedding.

But, don't you dare tell two people in love that their love is not good enough, that their relationship is not worthy and that God loves them any less than He loves you.

Because, my friend, that is a lie filled with hate and ignorance and spite. And God does not abide hate.

God loves us. He loves churches filled with joy. I am pretty sure He loves a good wedding. No matter who is standing at the altar.


8 comments:

  1. LOVE this, Trish. I've been in a place of struggling with my faith over the past few years. Having been a catholic growing up, to be brought into a new life through Young Life, going on to serve on Young Life staff - at some point in the past 5 years, I've become jaded. Perhaps I've over thought all my questions, and come to a point where i could no longer answer other people's questions as well as my own. Perhaps I saw how Christian ministries could hurt and manipulate and abuse all in the name of Christ. And most of all, I've seen Christians be awful, hurtful hypocrites. Gay Marriage is one of those issues - and it's so nice to hear an honest, refreshing viewpoint on this. I still have a lot to hash out with God, a lot of questions and ideas to resolve. But I know that if God exists - He is LOVE. His people should be LOVE. And while all the Christians stand around condemning sins and saying who or who not we should love and hang out with - Jesus, if he were roaming around right now, would be having dinner with the very people those Christians are so concerned about. Thanks for sharing this post :) And perhaps more conversations like this can commence in the future :)

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    1. I would love to have more conversations like this. Jesus spent his time with anyone willing to be with him. He traveled. He ministered. He taught. God is not just for the chosen people. God is for all the people. We are already saved. There is no need to worry about who's sinning, because we all are. The hypocrisy of some, makes me sad for the entire faith.

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  2. Trish, I couldn't have said it better. This is a gorgeous post! Love!

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  3. Well said! Should be said more often!

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