Okay, I know that some people may take this blog wrong (and I may even lose a closed minded friend or two ;o), but those that know me know that I'm seriously asking for information to help me understand the purpose in saying, "Gay Pride."
As I stop and think about what is actually different between a socially labeled "straight" person and a socially labeled "gay" person; doesn't it come down to sexual preference?
So, when I see "I'm gay proud" or "gay pride" my brain thinks you are shouting that your sexual preferences should matter to me. I think this may be at the core of our social acceptance of each other.
I know we live in a sexually free world and I know I am old-school when it comes to sexual intimacy in that I believe it should be special and private and not broadcasted.
I do not believe we need sexual politics; their side and your side going at each other. I don't like politics because we have come to a place in time where technology has allowed the truth to be totally skewed; I'm screwed!
Each of us is worthy. I hope we are all proud, each day, of who we are and what we accomplish. We should not need to say gay proud, white proud, redhead proud, or straight proud in order to create a "proud" bubble over our heads for others to see to be proud of who we are.
I decided to follow Jesus at an early age. I have seen him work his love into hearts in amazing ways throughout my lifetime. I know that the Word of God gives us ways in which we should live; things we should do and not do. The primary purpose of the scriptures is to guide us into a relationship with Jesus Christ so that we might know this purest form of love.
I believe that God uses people to open and close doors in the lives of others. I know that God uses each person that he places in my path every day to create a choice for me to make.
Matthew 6:14-15 For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
I can't claim to understand all of our differences, but I know what it feels like to be different. I know what it feels like to not be accepted. I know what it feels like to be labeled. Mostly, I know what it feels like to be loved by the Creator who wired me as me and find my proud self reassured continually there.
I believe that in my unique wiring God has blessed with the ability to see things differently and to accept the challenges of embracing the differences of those he places in my life.
One time he flew a 2 x 4 through the stained glass window of First Baptist Church to pop me upside the head with these words, "You worry about your relationship with me and I will take care of those you bring to me in prayer."
I trust that. It isn't always easy. Let's not let sexual preferences get in the way of loving each other, accepting each other, praying for each other. God is in the God business and I am in the forgiven sinner book.
Now, to those that I know and love who are gay, help me to understand why the "proud" must be attached? I look forward to reading your understanding of this.
(P.S. I love and care about each of you that reads this you and you know that!)
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