I’ve been walking around all day debating what I should write about. I mentally thought up multiple drafts and I went through my check-list of ideas, but I still couldn’t think of anything. Luckily, I got into an argument with a friend at lunch and poof – idea! Who says arguments are always bad?
We had somehow gotten into the sensitive topic of sex, gender, and sexuality. My friend, who is a very strong Christian, said he is against gay marriage. However, he didn’t just stop there – he fervently expressed his distaste towards people of different sexuality and sexual preferences that don’t fit the mold of the “average” person. I know this may be a touchy topic for some people, but I need to mention all of this in order to make my point. I kept asking my friend why he was against the person, and not just the lifestyle they lived. All he had to say was that he saw what they were doing as wrong and he didn’t want to be around it… I can respect that. But, what I can’t respect is the prejudice against the person who’s living the way he deems as “wrong.”
As usual, I couldn’t think of many valid arguments in the moment, but afterwards, I definitely won the argument in my head. This got me thinking. I know God loves me. But why? Well, I’m His child. Okay… but what have I done to deserve His love? I’ve lied. I’ve cheated. I’ve been selfish. But no matter what, I know He still loves me. Let’s think about this a little bit more. I love my brothers. Why? Well, because they’re my brothers – I know I don’t have to love them, but I just do. And if I know God loves me, and I know I love my brothers, and we’re all children of God (in my eyes), why should I not love everybody else? If me being a child of God is enough for Him to love me, isn’t that enough for Him to love someone else, even if they don’t live the “proper” Christian lifestyle? (What does that even mean?) And if He loves them, shouldn’t I?
Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know people do terrible things. But what makes you more worthy of love than the person next to you? What makes you better than the homeless guy on the street? Or the couple holding hands next to you? The gay couple next to you? I’m not saying you have to agree with everything others do. I obviously don’t agree with a lot of things, but that has never been enough for me to be prejudice against the person. You can’t be a Christian and preach love and forgiveness while living a life of hatred and grudges.