Tolerance or Love
(My blog is brief this week. We’re up north for a little anniversary getaway, so you know, less time writing, more time anniversary-ing. Things are hot up here, with a heat index of 102!)
I don’t have many friends who are gay. I don’t have many friends who are black either. Or Asian or Indian, etc., etc. It’s not that I’ve chosen not to, it’s just the way it is. Simply, it’s a reflection of my demographic and geography.
God himself has the right to define, who and how you love. ~Jackie Hill-Perry
It’s also a matter of statistics. According to author and artist Jackie Hill-Perry, 4.5 percent of Americans are part of a sexual minority, defined as identity, orientation and practice that differs from the majority of the surrounding society.
God isn’t calling gay men and women to be straight. He is calling them to be reconciled back to himself. ~ Jackie Hill-Perry
She recently spoke about her experience of Christianity in regards to homosexuality and gender identity. She wants to help correct assumptions, leading to knowledge of the truth. “If Christianity is harmful for sexual minorities,” she asserts, “then there is either a problem with Christianity or there is a problem with Christians."
The loveliest being alive, Jesus, loves people of every orientation and gender identity. His call to follow him is actually the pathway to joy. ~ Jackie Hill-Perry
I hope you’ll take 18 minutes to listen to her excellent exploration and answer of this question. Link HERE.
Jesus looked at him and loved him. 'One thing you lack,' he said. 'Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.' ~ Mark 10:21
Tolerance is a lame and unacceptable substitute. Who wants to be tolerated? May we LOVE everyone. Not just with words, but with deeds and attitudes.
Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. ~ 1 John 3:18