Archive for July, 2013

What is surprising me over these last weeks is the way things are changing in the world. There are places and groups, surprisingly even the Catholics, where LGBT people are now become accepted. The Pope saying that he would not judge Gay people including priests, is a major move for the Catholic church.

Russia, a “non religious” country has become so Anti-Gay that you are not allowed to say the word “gay”, in fact, they are rounding up Russian LGBT people and doing horrendous things to them. The world is responding but it’s slow going.

Mugabe wants all gay people to have their heads chopped off. Bizarre.

So while things get really really better in some places, they get really really worse in others.

I wonder, however, if the Russian/Mugabe stance is a statement against the west, rather than actually anything against LGBT people per-se. It’s like saying “we are Russian, we do not do the thing’s the USA does”.

I wish I had a huge place I could bring all these wonderful LGBT brothers and sisters from these terrible countries and make them safe. I really do. Hmmm that’s a thought.

 

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Today, it became law that LGBT people can get married.

The Queen of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth has signed the papers and now it’s the law of the land. It is a massive shift from when I was younger where you would just have to live in fear or pretend to be straight. Things are not perfect though, still a lot of religious types enjoy persecuting gay people and thinking they are doing God  a favour. When in fact, they are breaking his heart.

I look forward to the future in this great great nation of ours. This diverse and wonderful nation that a new understanding can be fostered, being able to accept those of faith and being accepted by them.

http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/07/13/christian-concern-cancels-anti-equal-marriage-parliament-prayer-rally-to-conserve-energy/

One thing makes me laugh about people, in fact about myself, is the need to be right. If you are right you hold power over those who are wrong, but in doing so you may miss the entire point of faith.

Look at Jesus, when he was asked by the disciples if they could sit on his right and left in his Kingdom, he simply replied that they need to become servants. “For whoever want’s to be the greatest among you, must become the least”. The great thing about being a Christian is there is no requirement to be right. The only requirements are twofold. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, sole and mind, and Love your neighbour as yourself. Paul the Apostle said “There is no law against love”.

The problem is that Jesus’ message is drowned out by media, by our friends, by what everyone else wants and thinks but the truth of the matter is very simple. The truth is that when you take a position of just loving without judgment. People can do what they want to do. Love is a powerful weapon.

Did God not answer their prayers and send fire from heaven? Did he not destroy the equal marriage bill? No. Perhaps he is more interested in how we treat our fellow man or woman, how we love, how we drop our “right and wrong” and come to the place of peace with him. After all, he is the final judge, not us. We are set free in Christ to love the “tax-collectors and sinners”, but this love can only be activated truthfully when we realise that we, ourselves, are the same as the tax-collectors and sinners.

Something that has always puzzled me is why Jesus says “Go and sin no more” to people who will obviously not stop sinning (that includes me). My actual thoughts for what it’s worth are that he was talking about the specific thing that the person was trapped in that was eating them. Anyway – that’s another topic.

What these people who prayed for LGBT people to be denied the same love and rights as straight people forgot…sadly… is that there were also many LGBT people praying that they would be allowed to be married, but their prayer was not borne out of judgement or “I’m better than the tax collector” mentality, but out of the pain of  years of persecution by just about everyone, science, religion, everyone.

God hear’s the cries of the oppressed. I don’t think he’s actually that interested in the religious bigotry. Not from what I read of Jesus.

Another Ill Informed Vicar made this statement http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/07/11/vicar-says-homosexuality-can-be-given-up-like-cigarettes-and-police-are-being-manipulated-by-gays/

I just wonder where these people have been? After all these years of study and learning, the major Psychiatric organisations of the word have come to the conclusion that homosexuality is not treatable, you can’t just “give up” being straight, can you? Likewise you can’t just “Give up” being Gay.

However, some people do give up looking for a partner, but that doesn’t mean their orientation has changed, simply they have chosen to be alone. (or may be not chosen but are forced by circumstance).

The Natural/UnNatural view of homosexuality I find so amusing, saying that homosexuality is unnatural is like saying the sun rising in the morning is unnatural. It’s seen in all kinds of animals and birds, beings who as far as we know do not understand morality or good and evil.

The police, in my view were right to arrest this preacher, he was breaking the law. He may see it as persecution. But Jesus didn’t say you would be persecuted for persecuting other people, his take was “Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad, for great is your reward in the heavens.” 

I don’t think actually the Jesus of the Bible would ever be seen attacking LGBT people (after all, he didn’t did he?). However he did have a lot to say about the Pharisees and the religious leaders who “were like whitewashed graves“, who “slammed the kingdom of heavens doors in mens faces“.

The problem with Christianity, Atheism and any other religious faith by which people are motivated is that they can use that as an excuse to forward their own bigotry, to deal with their own insecurities. But even a cursory reading of Jesus life shows that this is not the way we are to live.

That is a bit of an oxymoron actually.

I was wondering around my email this morning when I came across this shocking report, “Christian” parents sending their children BY FORCE to a christian school so they can be made straight.

It’s barbaric and nothing to do with the Christian faith. The faith where there is “no Jew, Greek, Male or Female because we are all one in Christ”. Children and teens taken in the night to these places, it must be terrifying for the children. I know that the loving parents think they are doing the best for their children but they forget one immutable fact, you cannot change a persons sexual orientation, no amount of singing choruses, screaming Jesus Loves me at the top of your voice will do it.

The correct response is to allow the LGBT person to work through their faith with support and love.

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