Any business who is turning anyone away from services based on religious belief is not Christian. I’ve said it before: if you disagree with another person’s beliefs or actions, your only option is to pray for that person. It’s right out of Jesus’ mouth, folks: “Love your enemy and pray for those who persecute you.”
Now, if you’re praying for someone, really praying, 99% of the time God is going to change you. So just prepare yourself for that.
The real kicker is, as a Christian, what I just wrote applies to me as well. All these idiots who claim to need a law to defend their bigotry? Damn it! All I can do as a Christian is pray for them. And I have to be open to how God will change me when I do.
But let me set aside the Christian aspect of what’s happening Tennessee, Georgia, Kansas, and Arizona. I absolutely disagree that these movements are in any way Christian based, but there may really be those who believe it. Is it okay for businesses to discriminate based on sexual orientation? I’m really asking the question. Race is protected. Religion is protected. Age is protected. Gender is protected. Religion is protected. Disability is protected. But there is no federal law that protects LGBT individuals. Am I right about that?
Businesses can discriminate based on the clothes you wear (or don’t wear). Why is that? If my religion requires me to keep my face covered, but your business requires that your face be identifiable, who’s right wins?
I believe religious freedom, even religion that I disagree with, should be protected. Why is it my right to make the local bakery cater my same-sex wedding?
…I am a human being. I’m sad because my church’s failure to be at the forefront of rights for lgbt persons no longer surprises me.
How long, O Lord?
United Methodist bishops to file complaint against retired bishop for performing gay wedding – The Washington Post.
Thank you, Bishop Talbot,
for you compassion, grace, and prophetic voice.
I, too, have loved the outpouring of support for marriage equality on Facebook. But I woke up this morning feeling oddly libertarian. (I hope that’s the right political persuasion.)
I woke up as I do every morning, next to my snoring lover, unless it’s the rare occasion when we have had a fight and one of us has escaped to the couch. I woke up embarrassed that nine Supreme Court justices are focused on my relationship as they publicly debate it’s legitimacy. It feels like this intense invasion of privacy.
And then I remember yesterday’s quote from a local radio talk show host about the gays forcing their agenda down the throats of the American people. Would that I had the luxury to roll over and hit the snooze alarm unnoticed.
Surprisingly, I understand how that radio talk show host feels. But let’s say we lived in a world where people who speak into microphones are historically considered an abomination. As a result, the government does not recognize the primary relationship in your life. You go to work, and other people talk about their wives or husbands, while you either keep you silence or refer to your lover (eww), or life-partner. You have dealt with this kind of thing most of your adult life. Suddenly, the entire country is talking about you. How do you feel? Wait! I don’t want to hear it. Stop your throat-cramming ways and shut up.
The road to equality isn’t an easy ride for anyone. But a little empathy can take us all a long way down that road.
It seemed a long time coming, but some things are worth waiting for. This peony finally bloomed today.
The bud of a peony begins smaller than the tip of a pinky finger. But when it finally opens…behold its magnificence!
Acceptance, reconciliation, and grace for all God’s people is even more beautiful.
Break down the walls and let it be so, so that all of us may say together, “Finally!”