To discriminate is to recognize a difference. We often discriminate between Presidential candidates in order to elect our choice. That is not a bad thing. However, discrimination is bad when we start judging one another. When do we have the right to say that we are better than another person? We preach equality for all and yet we hold differences against one another. In truth, we have no right to judge each other.
The media is spreading animosity towards the homosexual community. They state the we have to be tolerant and we will be tolerant. Nobody likes to have anything forced on them. We have to come to our own terms at our own rate. Shoving information down our throats will only cause rejection. This rejection is labeled as hate when really all we are doing is backing up and trying to digest the information at a slower rate. This is why I hate labels. As a child I was molested over a course of a summer, by a male baby sitter. I had a lot of anger built up against anything or anyone that resembled homosexuality. I was raped. Not once or twice, but over a course of a summer. Do you blame me for my disposition at the time?
I turned to the scriptures for guidance. At this time I would like to ask you to keep an open mind. Don’t clam up just yet. Yes the Torah (first five books of the scriptures) states that a man should not have sex with another man. There are laws that state how a person should conduct themselves and there are laws that state how a society should conduct themselves. At this time I would like to focus on the personal laws. There are two types of personal laws in the scriptures. Those that state how we are to compose ourselves, and those that state how we are to treat others. The law that was stated earlier applies to me and only me. I have no right to apply this law to anyone else. It is a “self” governing law. I choose to live by the scriptures. Therefore, this is a law that I can only apply to myself. Now, for some laws on how to treat others. Matthew 7:1 states that we should not judge anyone. Um… that’s pretty cut and dry. Well, 1John 4:7-8 states that we should love each other. Not only does it state that we should love one another, but it takes it to the next level by stating that if we don’t love, then we do not love the Heavenly Father. Hmm…that’s deep.
Let’s all just take a deep breath and digest what has been stated. If we are going to live by the scriptures then there are laws apply to us and us alone. There are also laws on how to treat others. Those laws that state how to treat others say that we should love each other. Sure, I could set here and lawyer-ize the scripture and point out the fault of others. But, that would be judging, and I don’t play that game anymore.
To be honest, facing the realization of my past, and approaching others with love, instead of hate, has made me a better person. I have not erased the memories of the past, but I have come to terms with them. I am a better person by applying the laws that I have chosen to follow. Love one another. It really is that simple. Run, kick-box, lift weights, do what you need to do in order to release that anger. But, never take it out on anyone. If we are mad at someone, the first step is to cool down. It’s hard to show love when we are upset. Always be a professional.
I’m sure that this has went against the grain for some. I am asking that if you do have a rebuttal, please keep it. This post is only my view. I do not judge those that state that they live by the scripture then turn around and eat pork. Acts 10:15 is a verse that is often quoted to me. People have stated that it means that we can eat all animals. So, I read Acts 10:10-28 and came to the conclusion that it was a metaphor. The message that was being presented is the one and the same that I have been conveying. Do not judge. Trust me when I say that it took me a long time to digest this information. But, I’m glad that I took the time to do so.
Thanks for taking the time to read, and may we always find room in our heart to love one another.