He also loves murderers, thieves, prostitutes, fishermen, and tax collectors.
Parable Of The Sheep and Goats – Matthew 25:31-46
41 “Then he will say … ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’
44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’
45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’
This passage fascinates me for multiple reasons. The first thing, is that Jesus seemed to always speak of the need for us to give. BUT, not just for the sake of giving. It was never a “Give 10% and you’re in the clear”. It was always about the willingness to give, and the refusal of idols; not the mere “act” of giving. The things we have in this world are temporary, and most things don’t matter, and the things that do matter to us we should ensure doesn’t become a sacred “Golden Calf” within our life. Secondly, “… I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.” I think is a powerful verse that is often overlooked in the context of everything else. To be in prison generally implies that someone has done something wrong. Without specifying an unjust imprisonment or “change of heart”, someone in prison has been caught for their “sin”. Even then, Jesus says that we should “Look after”, which to me is still about love, care, and giving.
It’s easy to take the bible literally. It’s easy to take a lot of the Old Testament literally. Jesus, in the New Testament, spoke metaphorically in parables to give stories and ideas that people could relate to, or understand. It’s hard to take those things as indisputable fact, especially when there are so many different interpretations within each branch or “denomination” of faith.
So when people like the Westboro Baptist Church, or those in that mindset stand up with a message like “God Hates Fags”, it’s incredulous to me. You can argue that God hates sin, but I clearly remember an old church expression of “Love the sinner, hate the sin”.
My desire to cover this topic comes from two things I found yesterday. The first was an excellent article by Single Dad Laughing called “I’m Christian, unless you’re gay”, and the second was actually the Glee episode “I Kissed a Girl”. The former is a fantastic article that I recommend everyone to read. The Latter is a FOX Network Pop TV show by the writers/creators of American Horror Story, but the story line contains two gay characters; one male, and one female in the process of “Coming Out”.
Glee, while maintaining the pop elements of a primetime show, has actually dealt with a variety of topics concerning First Time Sexual Encounters, School Bullying, Teen Pregnancy, and now the trials of dealing with coming out of the closet. Naya Rivera, who portrays “Santana”, comes out to her “Abuela” in the episode. Establishing a relationship between the two before the conversation even starts, it’s apparent that they are close. While her sexuality is expectedly understood and welcomed by her fellow Glee club-mates, her Grandmother appears to be able to tell that something is awry and tries to delay the conversation. Santana asks her to sit and listen, and that she loves her so much she can’t keep this part of her a secret. Her grandmother listens, getting more and more solemn, until she tells Santana that “Some things should be kept as a secret……Please leave my house and do not come back again”. If you’re able to put the actual topic aside, it’s a touching moment that portrays a fear we all have in confessing something, even to those closest to us that we keep hidden from the world.
Which brings us to our title: “God Loves Fags”.
The hate and hypocrisy that people tout in their persecution of others. The irony of those that “Cast the first stone” in judgement of others and playing the role of God. Does that not seem wrong?
I’m not saying that “You have to accept gays and their faggot lifestyle”. Take a moment. I’m telling you that people are people. Humans. Your problems and sins are no better or worse than theirs are, and that everyone will be accountable to their creator for their sins in the end. I eat pork, I work on Sundays. if that’s truly a sin, I’ll answer to my God for that.
In the meantime however, I’ll maintain my friendships with those that are true, honest, and straightforward about their faults and issues long before I associate myself with the God fearing suit-wearing churchgoer with a misled sense of sin and hatred.
To those that disagree with me, I love you too. When you make that REAL difficult, I can just pray that the Holy Spirit will give me the clarity and peace to love you anyways.
If God can love a “Fag”, so can I.