When I think of Christianity I think of God, love and goodness; when thinking of what doesn't fall into the realm of Christianity many other things enter my mind. It comes to light that Christianity is not like going to a jewelry store or to an exclusive retail store; we don't get to pick and choose which way is the right way to love. We cannot go into a store and pick out people to love like diamonds, gold, silver, cell phones, PCs or any other electronic equipment; people are not things. Jesus' example of love is simple; "This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you."
Jesus didn't have any problem loving people; he loved everyone and many criticized him for his association with certain people in much the same way that some people are criticized for their friendship with Gays, Lesbians, Bisexual and Transgender people. Jesus' love encompassed what today some might call the others: the blind, the deaf, the crippled, the epileptics, the lepers, people with AIDS and other diseased people, along with prostitutes, the homeless and the poor. Gay and lesbian people were around in Biblical times as well as today; we are not a new kind of people; Jesus loved us then and he loves us now. Just because the Bible doesn't really speak of two men and two women loving each other as much as it does the heterosexual people doesn't mean that we were not there. Being unfit or having dirty filthy sex does not pertain to one particular group of people; if the closet doors were to swing open to people of all lifestyles, what films and writings have already shown would be pale in comparison to what be found.
Various writings have divulged some things about some of the Catholic Churches and have shown us many instances with many of their Priests, who have been accused by some of those young boys now men, who have come forward and told of being raped and sexually abused by these so-called Holy Fathers.
These deviant Priests were engaging in various kinds of sexual acts with these young boys. As of January 6, 2012 the term rape has been revised; no longer will the term rape be used exclusively for women; it will now include men and boys that are raped.
Clean is clean and unclean is unclean and people from all walks of life fall into both categories, even if they are married, heterosexual, gay, prisoners, prison guards, teachers, police officers, politicians, from congressmen to senators, ordained clergy or other people associated with different religious groups, even presidents.
You see as Christians many of us fall short from the grace of God as we journey on, and many of us have fallen into these unclean categories. As civilized people we don't get to love who we want when we want, the same way parents don't get to love certain children that they bring into the world as opposed to other children that might be more effeminate than their male counterparts or a little manlier than their female counterparts; this also includes children that are disabled as some are when they are born or become so after. Jesus loves all of us; why should we think that we're above him and that we should be able to pick and choose? We are all gifts from God and should be treated as such; as I say in my book "Born In The Wrong Country," "Love is the most precious thing in the world, it's beautiful and then there's the laughter." There isn't any place in the Bible that God says that if you aren't pleased with your children that you don't have to love or take care of them, and that you can mistreat or abuse them. If someone tells you any different then they are wrong and I believe that they do not understand God's love.
It doesn't matter who wants to teach us about love, whether they're Priests, Pastors, Rabbis, Ministers, Clerics or ordinary people, male or female; if they cannot love as Jesus loved or refuse to follow Jesus' commandments then what right do they have to tell Gays, Lesbians, Bisexuals and Transgender people whom they should love or what they should be allowed to do? Remember this country already did this to the African slaves that they bought, stole and incarcerated, unfortunately much of this isn't taught in our history books. Today slavery still remains alive in other parts of the world, as does sexual slavery.
Jesus is love and love doesn't know anything but loving, just as the sun doesn't know anything other than giving light, or shining; the wind doesn't know anything but blowing; the rivers don't know any thing but flowing; and the rain doesn't know anything except raining. Some of your so-called Christians like Archbishop Timothy Dolan would have you believe that it is wrong for you to love some of your neighbors that are Gay, Lesbian and others, but thank God that he and other like minded Priests, Pastors, Rabbis and Clergy aren't the ones that mandate God's love.
I would ask these Priests, Pastors and ordained ministers of God's written word to define and show their love, because I don't really think many of them really get what love is all about. I don't have any problem loving people; it comes natural and many other Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender men and women don't have any problem with loving others either.
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