Upon seeing a religious sign posted next to an official Pride week sign, I wrote the following letter to the editor of the local newspaper:
Take the time to connect
On my way home from work, I drove past a sign on Paris Road advertising [my city’s] Gay Pride events. I noticed a cardboard sign beside it mentioning the Christian notion of Jesus’ second coming, clearly placed there by someone who feels that different sexual orientations are a problem. I remind Christians that Jesus taught about love with an open heart. He did not preach the passive-aggressiveness that was displayed on this sign.
If you are Christian and feel that other sexual orientations are an issue, why not do as Jesus did and connect with those seen as troubled?
Speak to Pride revellers with an open heart and take the time to understand their situation. If they are lost in selfishness (aka sin) in their practices, then by all means express your concerns.
Chances are though, if you take the time to come to know their situation and the same human love they share, you will instead be afforded a wonderful opportunity to connect with your fellow brothers and sisters in humanity in a way that I’d bet Jesus would look kindly upon should he return.
It was published in the newspaper as well as online. There was an opposing comment posted online that I think is worthy of sharing:
“You should read the Bible if you’re going to preach it. Mathew 10:34; ‘do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.'”
And my reply:
I’ve read it. I’ve blogged about it. I’ve seen the wide variance in understandings different people derive from it. When it comes down to it, Jesus’ focus is on bringing connection within and uplifting humanity. He does call out the hypocritical religious leaders quite strongly in Matthew 23, and I would suspect that is more where the sword comes into play. The only time Jesus acted out in the Bible was in the Temple with the money changers, which also falls in line with this idea.