Sometimes I find a blog post or article that says something I so desperately want to say. And they say it much better than I could ever do.
First, go read this post:
Iâ€™m Christian, unless youâ€™re gay.
Check this out, and feel free to correct me if I get this wrongâ€¦
According to Christians, Jesus taught a couple of interesting things. First, â€œlove one another.â€ Second, â€œHe that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.â€ (â€œHerâ€ being a woman who cheated on her man.)
According to Buddhists, Buddha taught a couple of thought-provoking things. First, â€œHatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule.â€ Second, â€œHolding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.â€
According to Hindus, a couple of fascinating teachings come to mind. First, â€œDo not get angry or harm any living creature, but be compassionate and gentle; show good will to all.â€ (Krishna) Second, â€œLove means giving selflessly, excluding none and including all.â€ (Rama)
According to Muslims, Muhammad taught a couple interesting things as well. First, â€œA true Muslim is the one who does not defame or abuse others; but the truly righteous becomes a refuge for humankind, their lives and their properties.â€ Second, â€œDo you love your creator? Love your fellow-beings first.â€
According to Judaism, their scriptures teach a couple remarkable things. First, â€œLove your neighbor like yourself.â€ Second, â€œExamine the contents, not the bottle.â€
The greatest spiritual leaders in history have all preached love for others as the basis for all happiness, and never did they accompany such mandates with a list of unlovable actions or deeds. They never said, love everybody except for the gays. Love everybody except for the homeless. Love everybody except for the drug users. Love everybody except for the gang members, or those covered in ink, or the spouse abusers. They didnâ€™t tell us it was okay to love everybody with the exception of the â€œtrailer trash,â€ those living in poverty, or the illegal immigrants. They didnâ€™t tell us it was okay to love everybody except for our ex-lovers, our loversâ€™ ex lovers, or our ex-loversâ€™ lovers. The mandate was pretty damn clear, wasnâ€™t it?
Then go read this one:
A Teenâ€™s Brave Response to â€œIâ€™m Christian, Unless Youâ€™re Gayâ€
I am the Christian mother of a 15 year old teenage boy and about a month ago he came home from school with a copy of your article â€œIâ€™m Christian, unless youâ€™re gayâ€. The teacher gave his class a homework assignment to read it and write a 500 word essay about â€œwhat it meant to themâ€.
He came home and showed me your article and asked me what I thought about it. I read just the title and became furious at his teacher and at you (even though I know you had nothing to do with her handing out the assignment). Anyway, I confiscated it from him and told him he wasnâ€™t to do anything with it till I had a chance to read it first.
And then I got madder and madder as I read it as I felt like it was a direct attack against our beliefs and our Christian religion and that it was promoting homosexuality, a practice that around here is a huge â€œsinâ€.
I gave my son an earful about homosexuality and God and told him that he could tell his teacher that he would not be participating and if she had a problem, she could come talk to me and then I threw the article in the trash. My son didnâ€™t say anything just walked into his room and shut the door.
Both posts are rather long. But bear through them to the end.
Now, sit back and THINK. Really really hard. THINK. Not just now, this moment, but always. Before you open your mouth, THINK. Before you gossip, THINK. Before you put down, speak against, say angry things, say bad things, say jokes that put down someone. THINK.