Sunday, August 14, 2011

Hope for a Better Future

I know that time is ultimately progressive and that as a nation, the US is slowly catching up and starting to make the kind of progress other parts of the world segued into years ago. But there is still so much hatred spewed in the media and on the streets by ignorant people. Between the Westboro Baptist Church, the Teaparty, and other extreme right-wing nuts, it is no wonder that the US is lagging behind in LGBTQ civil rights. However, we as a nation have moved progressively forward over the past few years. Minds are changing, mostly in a good way. It might be a painfully slow change, but its happening.

Now, I usually avoid talking about religion in any forum. However, something was shared with me today that is just too good not to share. "What Would Jesus Do If Invited to a Gay Wedding"

This blog post was published today by John Shore on LGBTQNation. I'm not sure if it originated on LGBTQNation or if it was reblogged from another source. Anyways, John poses the famous "what would Jesus do" slogan toward invitations to a few weddings by gay friends. What follows are several verse quotes from the books Mathew and Mark, inspection of what exactly Jesus had to say about homosexuality, and some tongue-in-cheek humor. The last 5 paragraphs of the post are incredible, in my opinion.

From the article, we learn this: You have no right to judge others, and when you do, it goes directly against what Jesus preached about in the Bible. Love your neighbor as you love yourself, because that is the greatest and most fundamentally spiritual thing you can do.

Both of those are things that Christians on this side of the issue have been preaching. These are amazing progressive people that have figured it out.

The Christians on the other side continue to spew their hate and manipulate doctrine to their support their beliefs.

I am definitely on the pro side of this issue, but I am guilty of judging others just as bad as the right-wing. Because I judge the right-wing. I roll my eyes when they are on the television. I call them all sorts of names in public and private. I honestly think they are the ones that will end up in Hell, and have told a few of them as much. So yeah, I am judging them. And I shouldn't. I shouldn't bring myself down to their level. They make it so easy to do so, but what's good for the gander is good for the goose. Or as I like to say, what's right for the apple is good for the orange. I'm going to try to stop judging the crazy, homophobic, intolerant, bigoted, self-centered, egotistical, back sliding, deluded, hatemongers. Really, I'm trying.

I'm going to end this post with my newest blog thing, my own personal signature!

Love is love, no matter the back story. <3 DS


Arts in the Family said...

I like to keep religious views to myself too but we're all human and we can't help but say something. Venting in private is good but then again you have to speak out publicly against those very vocal, hateful people. To do any less would only validate their twisted version of Christianity. There's got to be something in the Bible that covers that.

Alberto Ramirez Jr.

Dee said...

I definitely agree with you. I am a vocal supporter of LGBTQ rights but I rarely get into the religious debate. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions. They do not get to shove those opinions down my throat though. People are finally taking a stand and I am proud to be part of that movement.

And yes, I'm fairly certain the Bible covers pretty much everything about standing up for your beliefs, loving each other, and being non-judgmental.

Great comment Alberto! :)