I’ve been taking a break from writing for a bit. I needed to catch up on some things and more importantly I cannot stand to force writing when I’m just not in the mood. And so instead of writing I’ve been living, and observing, and witnessing, and doing.
But most of all I’ve been listening. I feel like I am supposed to be doing something, something big, and so I have been trying to listen to what God is telling me, and while I’m starting to figure out a few of the details, there’s still a lot more that I don’t know…yet.
However, I feel the need to write on this topic again. I’ve already written about tolerance, and while I think most people are tolerant of others, I can’t help but feel like it is expected to be tolerant of everyone besides Christians.
I get it, I’ve preached it before, I know that most ‘Christians’ are anything but. They use God to hurt people. They judge. They condemn. That’s not what it means to be a Christian, but because these people have given the rest of us such a bad name, often times, I feel like I am being mocked and ridiculed and prejudged just because I believe in Jesus.
I have been accused of not being tolerant, and nothing could be further from the truth. Not only am I tolerant, but I love everyone. I genuinely love every single person. Sometimes that means loving my enemy. And sometimes that means loving people who don’t deserve to be loved, but when I sit back and think about how much God loves me, even when I don’t deserve it, I can’t help but attempt to do the same thing.
Here’s where it gets tricky. I also believe in Hell. I’m not sure what Hell is exactly. I’m not sure that it is a single place where everyone who isn’t saved goes. For all I know it could be a personal Hell for each of us, catered to exactly what we would hate for all eternity. I don’t know the specifics, but I do know, and it’s been a hard lesson for me to grasp, that not everyone goes to Heaven. There will be a lot of people who will spend eternity in Hell. There will be a lot of people that I love that may not go to Heaven. As a Christian, it is my job and duty to try to bring them to the Lord, but ultimately, it is up to each individual.
With that said, I can love someone who I don’t believe will go to Heaven. It may sound harsh, but the reality of Christianity and what it means to be a Christian, isn’t some pretty colored picture. It’s messy, and sometimes pretty ugly.
So what am I getting at? This is a touchy subject, I know, and I hope that I’ve done a good enough job of setting it up so you remember that I love everyone and that I’m not trying to judge. When it all comes down to it, I don’t know the answers. I am not God and He will be the final judge, but I simply speak from my heart and from what I know.
I’m sure most of you have heard what has taken place at A&E and Phil Robertson and Duck Dynasty. I have never really watched the show. Mainly because when you have a house that houses children, as a mother, you lose your chance of watching TV. But I’ve seen a few episodes, and I know that they are a family of Christians and I know that God is at the center of their lives. During an interview, Mr. Robertson, answered a few questions regarding sin, and in turn, his answers have sparked controversy and a flood of opinions on social media.
So what do I think? I think he answered some questions honestly. I think that A&E is showing more concern to the gay demographic than to the Christian demographic. I think that A&E has a right to hire and fire whomever they’d like, but I also think A&E knew what they were getting when they aired Duck Dynasty. These beliefs of his were no secret.
I can’t speak for all of my gay friends, but I don’t know many who actually watch the show, and so to pull him from the show based on remarks that should be of no surprise, is ridiculous.
As I’ve said, I love everyone, and what you do behind closed doors is your own business. Who you love is your own business. Who you choose to spend the rest of your life with is your own business. I can accept, love, and appreciate that, but what about me? Why is it hard to accept Christian beliefs. You don’t have to believe it if you don’t want to. I don’t force my beliefs onto anyone else. I will talk about it, but only because it is a part of my life, so what’s the difference?
Why is it politically correct for me and other Christians to be accepting of everyone else, when it seems that no one wants to accept us? (I base this idea on experience I have had in the recent weeks, nothing else.)
I have always been a supporter of the gay community, and I have always been a Christian. I can admit that there are a lot of loving homosexual couples who deserve to get married and have kids. I believe in equality. Even when I’m accused of being hateful, or a bigot, or I’m accused of barbaric beliefs, I still feel the same way about everyone. I constantly remind others that those same ‘Christians’ that are judging you, they are judging me too.
But where is the outrage on behalf of Christians? If you preach equality, shouldn’t that be for everyone? Not just some particular group, right? If you preach love, shouldn’t you love everyone? Even those bigoted douchebags? If you preach acceptance, shouldn’t you accept each of us?
I have a hard time understanding how some groups make the cut to be fought for, but others don’t. I do not judge homosexuals based on the few that I know, just as I expect not to be judged as a Christian, just because people have met a few spoiled apples.
But I will keep on keeping on. And I encourage all believers to do the same. It would be easy to run away and hide. It would be easy to shut off the rest of the world, but for me, I need to stand strong and practice what I preach. To the ones who judge me because of my lifestyle, I still love you. When you’re busy calling me names, and putting me down, just remember that I love you. Your cause is no bigger than mine. Equality is the same no matter what side of the line you look at it from.