It’s not what you are. It’s who you are.
(Feel free to disagree with me on this article, it’s my truth I’ve settled on- maybe not yours)
There’s this passage in the Little Prince (I know I reference it a lot but it’s my favourite book so shh), where the narrator talks about adults and how weird they are:
. When you tell them that you have made a new friend, they never ask you any questions about essential matters. They never say to you, “What does his voice sound like? What games does he love best? Does he collect butterflies?” Instead, they demand: “How old is he? How many brothers has he? How much does he weigh? How much money does his father make?” Only from these figures do they think they have learned anything about him.
I’ve noticed that quite a few Christians do the same thing to gay people. They ask whether or not they’re homosexual or if they’re aware they are going to hell. They’re less inclined to ask questions like: “Who do you see yourself as?” and “What are your dreams for the future?”
Besides the glaring fact that we as people do not have the authority to tell someone they’re going to hell there is another aspect of the whole “gay people are going to hell” theory. All sins are equal. (Whether being gay or not is a sin is a whole other ball game but let’s just assume for the purposes of this article that it is). Breaking the Sabbath, lying, stealing, adulterating all qualify as sins. So, if sinning is enough to go to hell then I guess we’re all guilty and we’re all gonna get hit with some fire and brimstone.
And, while I’m at it why do we discriminate against gay people? If we’re going to start protesting people for being gay why don’t we get mad at them for getting a divorce or not sacrificing the right amount of doves in the Year of Jubilee. We like to pick sins and rank them to make ourselves feel better. We think thoughts like “at least I’m not…” while we all have things others would consider sins. We’re all guilty of something so my goodness why don’t we have some grace with each other?
What about loving our neighbours as ourselves? What about having grace with each other? What about loving people like Jesus loves them?
No frills, just love, grace and truth. Not the lies we tell ourselves.
So maybe it’s not a question of whether you’re homosexual, bisexual, asexual, transsexual or heterosexual. Maybe it’s a question of the kind of person you are and what games you love the best and if you collect butterflies. Not what but who.
By the way, if you’re gay and reading this I apologize on behalf of all Christians for the way we have treated you.