The Line of Acceptance.

Posted: November 8, 2017 in Christian Ethics

Did you know, there are 25 or so passages in the Bible that condemn people for being left-handed.

It wasn’t so long ago that many things were “forbidden”, or frowned upon by society, often using verses from the Bible.

  • Having children out of “wedlock”
  • Living together before being married
  • Being Left Handed
  • One culture marrying into another culture
  • Women talking in church
  • Women priests
  • Child abuse was kind of normal. “Spare the Rod, spoil the child”.
  • Gay people were put in prison and tortured with drugs to “make them straight”, which never worked.
  • Men having long hair (yup in the Bible) and women having short hair.

But over time things changed, the “acceptable” line moved. But why? Surely if the Bible is the 100% defacto word of God then we should still be condemning Left handed people. What changed is that we chose to re-interpret the Bible to fit in with our culture.

Here’s the shock.

Culture drives our understanding of Scripture.

You can take pretty much any bit of the Bible you like and make a doctrine out of it. For instance, in Genesis where it says that a man shall leave his parents and go and live with her parents. No one ever enforces that. I’ve also not heard one sermon, EVER on Gluttony. Why? Because all religion, like it or not, is based on a cultural understanding of the Bible.

Thank goodness for the “Golden commands” of Christ.

Love God as number one.
Love your Neighbour as yourself. (As we regularly let ourselves off when we do things wrong, we should do the same for others!).

So anything that doesn’t come under those two commands, is probably, not actually correct.

You see, Jesus accepts anyone who comes to him. It’s his job, if he wishes, to elicit change in the person. Not ours. Children who were left-handed used to be forced to be right-handed. It made things very difficult and some children couldn’t do it and in fact just went back to writing with their left hand.

  • Some people are black, some are white, and some are all colours in between.
  • Some people are left-handed, some are right-handed and some are ambidextrous.
  • Some people are tall, some are short, some are fat, some are thin.
  • Some people are male, some are female, some are somewhere in between, and some are born both.
  • Some people are attracted to the opposite sex, some to the same sex, and some, are somewhere in between.
  • Some people are fully abled, others are not quite so abled.
  • Some people are autistic, have Aspergers, have ADHD, some don’t and some people are somewhere along a whole spectrum.
  • Some people are depressed, some are happy, some are somewhere in the middle.

When Jesus died on the cross, the Temple curtain was torn in two. This huge ceiling to floor blackout curtain was torn away, Paul says we are all equal, slave or free, because of the torn temple curtain.

Anyone who denies Christ to someone because of their sexuality, gender, race, religion or anything else, simply denies their own place in his Kingdom. You see by shutting others out because we judge that they are the wrong side of our “acceptable” line, we simply put ourselves on the wrong side of His.

You see, Jesus died unconditionally. So putting conditions on His Kingdom is simply putting conditions on His sacrifice.

 

Love

Paul.
PS https://www.reddit.com/r/AskAGay/ – if you have any questions.

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The LGBT+ Media.

Posted: October 11, 2017 in Uncategorized

There will now follow, a short gay hissy fit.

Right.

I’ve had it with the LGBQ+ media. You are supposed to be ON OUR FLIPPING SIDE.

All I see you producing is:

1 Stories about people who are obviously beyond stupid and make statements like “gay people make it rain”.
2 Stories about people who have committed crimes that are gay/LGBT+
3 Stories about people doing Chemsex. To be honest until you started going on about it the only thing I knew about Chemsex was that people took viagra.
4 News about people we’ve never heard of saying they might sleep with a guy if they feel like it
 
You NEVER tell us:
1 LGBT+ people doing anything good for anyone
2 People who were anti changing their attitude
3 Coming out stories
 
Stop painting a terrible picture of us that FRANKLY ISN’T TRUE. Most LGBT+ people just live normal lives and do normal stuff. There are, as in most groups of people some bad eggs, there are also some AWESOME people who have done amazing things not just for the LGBT+ group but for the whole of society.
So if you have a great story in the last category please get in touch and I’ll post it here on the blog.
Gay hissy fit complete.
Thanks for listening.
I guess it’s just easier to get bad news.
#pinknews #gaystarnews #youknowwhoyouare

The art of shame.

Posted: September 10, 2017 in LGBT Issues

I listened to a great podcast, it’s called Homo Sapiens. It’s really worth listening to although it’s aimed at the LGBTI community if your a straight ally it will help you understand some things that we feel and experience.

They recently did a section on Shame and I really echoed it.

At church I was taught the shame of being gay. That I was a shameful person. That what I thought about was Shame. Of course luckily in church, you can shame yourself and then be unashamed by confession and “forgiveness”. But being gay and Christian does not have to mean being constantly dogged by shame, it’s about realising that God rejoices over you with singing.

Of course church teaches us that we are all sinners, but some sins church encourages you to really worry about. This leads to shame. Shame that doesn’t come from the love of Christ or forgiveness but from other peoples need to virtue position. The amount of Christians that just love to feel better by making others feel bad.

I can’t say I’m over the shame. I can’t say that years and years of hating myself is sorted. People think that by changing laws and becoming more accepting it magically heals the shame of the past. But it doesn’t. Sometimes it leaves people like me who became experts at hating themselves wondering in a place of bewilderment, you see shame had become a safe place, hatred of myself had become a safe place.

So the journey from the safe place of shame and religion to true freedom is quite a strange and painful one, that I’m not fully through yet.

I hope that young LGBTI people who don’t struggle with these issues remember us in their prayers. We have a way to go.

 

 

Yes folks, we’ve been at it again. Yet again Christian idiots are blaming the gay’s for the hurricane.

It’s funny though how God seemed to completely ignore the pedophile priests. Just not interested. Apparently God got really upset when Texas (silly Texas) didn’t pass an anti-LGBT law. God seems completely fixated on us. It’s like nothing else matters according to these people.

If two guys kiss (and not in a Belgian “hello”) way, apparently God is going to go into melt-down and send terrible storms on the earth to punish them.

Look Christian’s Jesus warned about all this stuff in Matthew 24.

4Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. 5For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. 6You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 7Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8All these are the beginning of birth pains.

So wait, it’s Birth pains, not the gays after all! 🙂

(Perhaps someone needs to go read their Bible!)

 

da71e9dd7c1b9138c9a4631e8924344d.pngThe Christian church has always been filled with differences of opinion on some amazing topics.

The truth of the matter is we have faith in God, we base our faith on a rough understanding of a book written over 2000 years.

So it’s just arrogant to expect to think that you are right about everything and even worse to start judging other Christians on their beliefs in the very same words you believe in a different way.

The truth is that EVERY Christian takes the bits of the Bible they like and majors on them. Christians use those scriptures to hate people like me. They feel better by using virtue positioning. Not realising that doing that disobeys even the most *BASIC* Christian Teaching of Love your Neighbour as yourself.

I reckon the way to treat scripture is like this:-

Love the Lord your God with all your heart soul mind and strength.

Love your neighbour as yourself.

If anything you do or say goes against this, guess what, you’re wrong. I’m not saying you’re wrong, the basic scripture is.

The truth is Christian, you love yourself like this.

  1. You do something wrong
  2. You let yourself off
  3. Go to 1

But with others its….

  1. They do something wrong
  2. You judge them which makes you feel better
  3. Go to 1

Sort it out, have you not read “Love covers over a multitude of Sins?”.

There you go.

 

When I was a young gay man, EVERYTHING was secret, my secret trips to Soho, my secret boyfriend, the fear I lived under was crippling, There were few dating websites let alone gay dating. How things have changed.

I mentioned to a young gay guy I know the other day that he had no idea what it was like for us back then. Young LGBT people don’t forget how much people have been through to get you the freedom (where there is freedom!) that you enjoy now.

I’ve learned through chatting with people (sadly nothing ever goes further than that), that there is a full spectrum of attraction.

  • Young gay guys who want to be with older gay guys. – I get contacted about 3 or 4 times a week by someone under 30 even though I’m upfront and clear with my age. I understand this happens in the straight world as well.
  • There are a lot of people who are “in the closet” and think that people who have fought to be free would be interested in a “quick fling”.
  • There is a fear with a lot of people on these sites that they are going to be trapped by someone finding out their true self and broadcasting it out there. I feel so blessed that I have been able to be myself. That is a terrible place.

Because Fear is crippling. A lot of older gay people can’t imagine what a relationship would look like. They have had to live in fear and the journey to being in a loving relationship with another person whatever their attraction is is something they simply can’t fathom.

I hope the younger people work that one out. I hope they find the love they are looking for.

I have also been thinking (this is a bit off topic, sorry) about how our journey relates to where we are now. Here’s what I mean, we have been oppressed, tortured, put to death, imprisoned, injected, treated, punched, kicked and made to feel rubbish by people for years. Straight people who think it’s their honest right to do so. Thinking they are doing God some kind of favour. So why are we pursuing straight relationship models? Should LGBTI people not discover our own relationship models rather than trying to hitch a ride with the marriage brigade. I have nothing against marriage, gay or straight, between whoever, but I do wonder wether we should let straight people just do their stuff and we work out our own relationship patterns.

But for now, I would just like to sit with a gay guy, cuddle up on the sofa and watch a film. But that, it seems, is too much to ask.

 

I’ve launched an online store called Love and Design, it’s basically a collection of products I’ve designed, custom products, that cover a number of different topics I’m passionate about. But thinking in terms of LGBTI products I have decided the following.

  • Everything is available to everyone, I won’t make sneakers only in women’s and children’s sizes, they are available in men’s sizes whatever the design
  • I’ve designed some subtle LGBTI T-shirts and things, and some more in your face
  • I’m taking Bitcoin/Lightcoin/Dogecoin and I have some products dedicated to cryptocurrency – my blog about this is here.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy it.

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