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To My Gay Brothers and Sisters: God Loves YOU!

I realize that not all of you are Christian, but hear me out anyway.  I was praying the other day on my way into work.  (I do that.)  And, the following thoughts occurred to me.  God doesn’t make mistakes.  God loves me.  God made me who I am.

For a good portion of my life, I have struggled in my relationship with God and being gay.  Right-wing “Christians” will point to all sorts of passages in the Bible as proof that God hates gays.  Just last week, a right-wing co-worker proclaimed that if I am secure in being gay, it must be because Satan has been answering my prayers.  Satan – not God.

And, they wonder why we hate them.

Actually, I don’t hate my co-worker, I pity her.  And, her comment led to a very interesting discussion with my pastor (yes, I attend church – although, I admit that I miss some Sundays).  And, that conversation led to something I believe that God revealed to me while I was praying.  Ready?  Because I’m serious:

God loves us – every single one of us – and He wants us to be happy. On top of that, He wants us to have a relationship with Him and His Son. And – anyone who interferes with our relationship with God is not working for God and they are not taking orders from God – they are doing Satan’s work.

Think about that. I’ll wait. Read it again, if you must.  I’ll even repeat it – if someone interferes with your relationship with God, they are doing Satan’s work.

See, Satan wants our souls.  He has a deal with God.  He can tempt us and if we give in to him, he gets our soul.  BUT, we have to freely give Satan our soul.  I’ve never done that – have you?  Well, if you have, you can get it back, by asking for forgiveness from God.  But, that’s another topic.

See, Rev Phelps from the Westboro Baptist Church – you know, the “God Hates Fags” guy – He’s working for Satan.  NOM – the National Organization of Marriage people – Satanists.  American Family Associations – HUGE SATAN FOLLOWERS.  And, all these groups have something in common – they are very sad and we should pray for them.  They don’t realize that they are working for Satan.  They have been so overtaken by believing in themselves, by their destructive self-righteousness, that they have scales on their eyes.  These people are the modern day Sadducees and Pharisees – you know, those people who were so against Jesus in the Bible and tried to trick Him. They had an answer for everything.  And, they were wrong.

God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son so that all who believe in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16).

Don’t forget that.

I’m not saying that we aren’t sinners.  We are.  Everyone is a sinner.  But, we’re not sinners solely because we’re gay.  Should we try to live a righteous life?  Well, I can’t speak for you, but I try to do so.  Do I succeed?  Not always.

And, now a quote from Spencer Tracy: “Don’t let the bastards get you down.”  If you have a relationship with God, don’t hide it.  Live it, breathe it and pass it on.  If you don’t, don’t hide from Him.  He loves you and He wants a relationship with you.  Don’t run from Him.  And, don’t let the bastards get you down.  Don’t let the right-wing terrorists separate you from the love of God.  Living in His light is better than living in their darkness.

God Bless!

Hate Church Targets Comic-Con

I saw this post over at kotaku.com. Apparently, the Westboro Baptist Church has nothing to do. They are planning on protesting Comic-Con in San Diego. Don’t these people have lives?  Don’t they have to work for a living?  Apparently not.  I wonder how many of them are living on the government dole – hey, if people can think it about me, I should be able to think it about them, right?  But, seriously, just how do the members of the Westboro Baptist Church support themselves?

These people give Christianity a bad name.  They’re the kind of Christians that make me cringe every time someone proclaims their Christian status in front of me.  I know it isn’t very nice of me, but my first thought is always, “When is the crazy going to start?”

If you’ve checked out the blog over at kotaku.com, then you had to see the sign that says, “God Hates Nerds” Romans 9:13. But, I seriously doubt that the maker of the sign has ever read Roman 9:13. The passage states, for those of you who are not familiar, states: “As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.” What in the world does that have to do with Nerds?

Absolutely nothing.

The chapter deals with whether or not all Israelites “are truly members of God’s people” (Romans 9:6). Apparently, according to Saint Paul, they are not, for “being descendants of Abraham doesn’t make them truly Abraham’s children” (Romans 9:7). Only those born to descendants of Issac, who was the chosen one. The whole point of the passage is that God can choose to send some of us away to, I’m assuming, burn in the fires of Hell and take the rest of us into Heaven to be with Him. Now, I understand that, but I still have no idea what that has to do with nerds. Further, why would any people put much stock into the crap Saint Paul wrote? He isn’t God. God didn’t write through him. The only words in the Bible that should be held with any weight in our lives are the ones that Jesus spoke.

The front page on their website states that, “God doesn’t love everyone, you simpleton.”  The really big question, if it is true that “God doesn’t love everyone”, what is their proof that God loves them? The complete line is: “…Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated. Rom. 9:13. God doesn’t love everyone, you simpleton. How long will you love simplicity? Prov. 1:22.” So, they have take two completely unrelated verses in the Bible and tied them together to make their own, well, simple point.  God doesn’t love everyone.  So, is that why Rev Phelps is dying of cancer?  That’s what I heard.  That he’s in real pain and suffering, which seems pretty fair, since according to Exodus 33:19, God said: “I will show mercy to anyone I choose, and I will show compassion to anyone I choose.”

But, what does that have to do with nerds and why waste a trip to San Diego to protest Comic-Con?

Apparently, they think that because you like comic books, you’ve turned your back on God and you’re into worshiping idols. I’m serious, that’s what their website says (yes, I went to god hates fags and looked around.): “They have turned comic book characters into idols, and worship them they do! Isaiah 2:8 Their land also is full of idols; they worship the work of their own hands, that which their own fingers have made: 9 And the mean man boweth down, and the great man humbleth himself: therefore forgive them not. It is time to put away the silly vanities and turn to God like you mean it. The destruction of this nation is imminent – so start calling on Batman and Superman now, see if they can pull you from the mess that you have created with all your silly idolatry.”

Does the Westboro Baptist Church realize that they couldn’t spread it’s message of hate (god hates fags) without a nerdy webmaster. (If this man or woman has one brain in their head, they should be ashamed of themselves to help such an anti-Christian group spread such hate.)

You know, here’s something I don’t understand – and I’m serious here – as a Christian, I’m looking forward to the end of my life. I really am. I really can’t wait to place my gaze on my Lord and Savior. I don’t fear death and I don’t fear the destruction of the world as we know it. Truly. I’d like to make the world a better place before I reach that death. I don’t believe that “the destruction of this nation is imminent”, so I believe we need to work together to make America a better nation. But, this is what I don’t understand. If you believe that the world is coming to an end, shouldn’t you be rejoicing? If the world ends, then Jesus will rule upon the earth, as discussed in Revelations. Isn’t that something a Christian should be thrilled about? Shouldn’t the Westboro Baptist Church be happy that Jesus is coming to rule? Shouldn’t they put down their signs of protest and start bowing their heads in prayer? If Jesus is going to be here any minute, shouldn’t they be absolutely sure that their hearts and lives are pure and stop pestering the rest of us?

I pray for these people all the time. I hope that God shows them the mercy they refused to show others. (And, if I’m honest, I hope He doesn’t listen to me too much. I’d like to see them suffer, a little. Okay, a lot. I’m not a perfect Christian.)

One final thought – for today – With all their disgusting and offensive material on their site, I found the icon on the top – in the address bar – with the upside down American flag to be the most disturbing. An upside down flag means that you are in distressed and while I support everyone’s First Amendment right, it doesn’t mean that I can’t find this kind of disrespect for the symbol of our nation anything but absolutely unpatriotic and denigrating.

Faith

Today’s gospel is from Matthew 22 where Jesus states, “Render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s and render to God what is God’s.” In his homily, Father Chuck said that even though Jesus said this, what we needed to remember is that everything is God’s and we need to keep our faith in mind when making political decisions.

I agree, this does not say that we can’t have separation of church and state, just that we need to remember that when we separate church and state, it still all belongs to God. Everything. Our decisions on how we vote, as Christians, should be based on our Christian faith.

Father Chuck’s homily made a lot of sense to me and for once, I didn’t need to feel guilty. I all ready use faith in making political decisions. I believe in tax breaks not for the wealthy, but for the working poor. All child care costs should be pre-tax. I believe that the EPA should help improve the environment. God entrusted us with the earth and we aren’t taking very good care of it for Him. I, also, believe that the EPA should recognize other fuels besides gasoline for powering our vehicles (more on this at a later time).

I am pro-life and that includes the death penalty. In answer to your unasked question, no, I probably wouldn’t feel that way if it was my wife or child, but I would hope that after my mourning was over that I could start the healing process with forgiveness. This isn’t to say that I am somehow soft on crime. I don’t think murderers should get ten years and I do believe that rapists and child molesters should never be set free.

I believe that when we make cuts in our local, state and federal budgets, we should never cut what will hurt the least of us — the poor and downtrodden. Also, when the military budget is raised, decent raises should be handed out to the men and women who serve.
One last thought for today, I’m really tired of being lumped into a category of being a secular liberal. Just because I don’t want my tax dollars supporting faith base organizations who can discriminate against those who believe differently than they do, does not make me a secular liberal. I think it is time that all us Liberal Christians stand up and clearly let the other side of the aisle know that we are out here. We believe in Christ Jesus as the way to our Lord God.

God Bless,
Julie

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