"Love your neighbor as yourself."
"This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you."
"God is Love."
1 John 4:8
No where in the New Testament does it say - "except for gay people". Y'know why? Jesus didn't exclude. All have sinned. All those who believe can have everlasting life. All are worthy of God's love.
The good people of the Minnesota's Anoka-Hennepin school district didn't get the memo, apparently, and had made it a part of school policy that anyone gay or perceived to be so could be heckled, tormented, beaten and verbally tortured - their lives could be made a living hell until suicide appeared to be the only escape. And, if that was the district's goal, well then - job well done.
Nine students in this school district took their own lives within a two year period. Because, in their school district, hating on people is okay. Beating up what you don't understand is okay. Fighting for the death of anyone that is not exactly like you...okay. And children died. Now listen, I don't give a damn what you believe, or what you think is right, or what qualifies as acceptable behavior in your little backwater - there's one thing that you need to know, and it's pretty frigging universal -
Children are not supposed to die.
CHILDREN ARE NEVER SUPPOSED TO DIE.
Suffer the little children to come unto me and forbid them not for of such is the kingdom of God.
Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.
Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.
I want to thank Mitchell S. Gilbert over at Addicting Info for his article about this ("LGBT Teens Need Lifeguards: No Experience Required") and for linking to the following video. I first watched this vid early this morning...and it left me a puddle on the floor. Now, let me tell you - Daddy is one jaded son of a gun, especially before his first cup of coffee, but this song had me weeping. Because it's filled with Love. It's filled with Hope. It's filled with a spirit and a voice and a prayer that might have saved those nine innocent souls, might have helped them make it through another day, if only they had been able to hear it.
"What we call love is the way we reconcile our search for individual fulfillment with the fact that we are social animals. For love means creating for another the space in which another person might flourish, at the same time as the other person does this for you. The fulfillment of each becomes the ground for the fulfillment of the other."
Spread the Love,
So simple. So difficult. So desperately necessary. Love.ReplyDelete
I'm always shocked by how unloving my own family members (all Christians) can be when it comes to this issue (or others). My own mother told me she liked Santorum for president and I was just speechless. She had gay friends when I was growing up; it's like she's getting more conservative as she gets older. It's depressing. The good news is the next generation seems much more open-minded, so far.ReplyDelete