I’ve made it a practice to stop being political on Facebook. This has resulted in countless wasted hours not posting things and commenting on my friend’s political posts. What this also did was force me to stop standing up for the underdog.
Recently a friend shared a post about the Pope encouraging Christians to apologize to the LGBTQ community. I broke down and issued the following statement on my Facebook page:
I’m not a catholic. Some would say I’m worse. I’m a born again, evangelical Christian. Although I have no authority to speak for my fellow believers, I would like to apologize to the LGBTQ community for my past sins and our current sins and un-Christ-like behavior towards you.
My God tells me to “love my neighbor as myself.” He calls it the second greatest commandment for us Christians. This love God speaks of is unconditional. You deserve my love without condition.
Early in my life, I did not treat you as a neighbor, but I judged you and your behavior because I believed morality and judgment was greater than love. For that I apologize and commit to never judging you again.
I wish you could experience the love God has shown me. But I know it’s hard to see it based on our behavior and for that, I apologize.
When I say that I hope you experience Gods love. I am not saying I hope God cures you so that you can be saved.
The truth is God loves you because he made you. And that love is amazing. I pray there comes a day that the Church rethinks its behavior. Until then…I apologize. I promise to fight your fight from within as best I can.
In retrospect, i will I added the following:
The Bible says, “You are fearfully and wonderfully made.” God is talking about you specifically. Not just those who claim to follow God but you and everyone else in the world. By making you, he knows you. He knows about the struggle you had growing up and coming out. He knows about the abandonment, you may have felt not only from Christians, but from close family and friends too.
Numerous times in the life of Jesus, he is criticizing and condemning the religious leadership for their treatment of unbelievers. They asked Jesus to stone and adulterous. They asked Jesus what sin did a sinner commit to cause his blindness. Jesus had harsh judgemental words towards the leaders who should have known better. He had love and acceptance for those lost in a world they live in.