Separation of church and hate

I just watched MILK. It's the story of Harvey Milk, google him if you aren't familiar. He was a gay activist who ran for office in the 70's and was the first openly gay man to be elected to office in the United States. He was assassinated shortly after.

You don't have to agree with it. You don't have to believe it's right. The only thing you are required to do is to treat every person on this earth with love. That's not an option. If you're a person so quick to jump on the "it's a sin" bandwagon, then you need to be aware of your own sin if you're not obeying that love. every. person.

Love thy neighbor as thyself.
For there is none righteous, no not one.
There is none good but one, that is, God.
And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.

There are people dying every day--physically, emotionally and spiritually because they have no hope. They think God hates them. Know why? Because some Christian, somewhere has told them so. And why? Because they think those people are sinning? Do you think those same Christians that told gay people that God hates them also told other sinners (aka every person on earth, including themselves) that God hates them too? I doubt it. That kind of hate has typically been reserved for special groups--like gay people. I'm a Christian and am proud of it. I can't deny what the Bible says about sin...whatever sin we're talking about. The point that I am trying to make is that even if you believe something is a sin, it does not now or ever give you the right to treat someone less-than or to persecute them. You are as much of a sinner as that person is. And I know that I have too many people that I love who are gay, that I can't imagine a day of my life without knowing, and the day will never come that I will tell them that they are ugly people. I will never tell them that God hates them. They are beautiful and created in his image. He loves them just like he loves me.

I'm sure I will lose some readers and I'm sure I will receive some email over this. But that's okay with me, I'm not afraid of that. Frankly, if someone has a problem with who I am then they don't belong here anyways. Because like I said, you don't have to agree with it. You don't have to believe it's right. The only thing you are required to do is to treat every person on this earth with love. That's not an option.


DJ's Mama said…
LOVE the post and I agree 100% with you. I have had many non christians tell me that they don't believe in God right now due to what "christians" have told them. It's crap if you ask me. God did not tell us christians to tell others that what they are doing is wrong. He told us to help them and let them decide if its wrong. I have many gay friends and some of them go to church and believe in God.. It's not up to me to decide if their lifestyle is wrong or right.. Thanks for the post V.
Allison said…
We as Christians are called to tell the world what the Bible says...and then allow the Holy Spirit to convict and change their hearts. Sin is sin is matter what form it takes on. We are all held accountable by a Holy God for all sin. Never does it say anywhere that God hates the sinner, in fact, it's quite the opposite. He loves the sinner (no matter what their sin) so much that He died for them. Amazing love. Incredible God.
Patricia said…
Bravo, girl! I couldn't agree with you more! I believe homosexuality is immoral and wrong, according to scripture. However, that does not give me the right to treat other people badly. After all, I'm no better, even if my sin is not homosexuality. A sin is a sin.... I wish hypocritical people would get over themselves enough to see there's no difference in this sin or that sin....

Good post V! No, wait, scratch that.... Excellent post!