Friday, November 18, 2016

We're All in This Together

I got down right honest the other day in the essay I posted about WWJD. But isn't honesty is suppose to be freeing? Yet I'm troubled by it. 

I shared with you how I was a Christian, la ti da, and I try to live by the bible but I'm conflicted cause I love the LBGT community. I quoted my friend Sue, who said, "I have to stay in my heart rather than my head. Otherwise, I'll go all Pharisee!"

I've been mulling over that essay since I posted it. But even though it wasn't my intention to offend anyone, I may have. I would never want to dehumanize anyone by throwing a bible verse at them. That's what the Pharisees did to the woman caught in adultery, saying, "According to the law she needed to be stoned to death." But Jesus didn't agree with them. He sat quietly and didn't say a word for sometime. It took so long that the religious leaders kept repeating it. We all know what he said, "You who is without sin cast the first stone." And one by one they dropped their stones, from the oldest to the youngest. No condemners left. 

In my opinion they covered her in death by pointing out her "sin." She no longer was a person. She became the sin they were pointing out. Romans 7:10 says, "I found that the very commandment that was intended to bring life actually brought death." 

Isn't that what we do to people who look, think, act differently than us? They become the thing that makes them different by judging and condemning by the law. We place ourselves as God and strip them of humanity. 

I think this election has brought to light some serious issues to light in our country. As I said in The Morning After, "...there are a good number of Americans that are frightened and shaken..."

One of them is the son of an old friend. He was so hurt by all his family and friends supporting Trump. I believe he still is. 

Trump wasn't very nice along his campaign trail. He spewed a lot of hate propaganda. And the support he gathered is what surprised me the most. How could we get behind a man like that?  But many did. And now I'm left with prayer.  

However, I'm not apart of the LBGT community or an immigrant or any of those that has felt marginalized in today's world. I'm a middle class white woman who's considered privileged in society.  But as a Christian who's fallen and no longer accepted in my community I get it. The pain and hurt they feel being actively rejected, I KNOW how that feels. 

I may not be one of them but I am one of them. We're all in this together. That's what Jesus showed. No one's left out. He didn't use the law to condemn. He used the Spirit to give life. 

That's all people want is to be loved and accepted. 

I've come to the conclusion that it doesn't matter what I "think" of others, because our thoughts can deceive us. We get hung up and get all law like. That's why Jesus shows us in action how to extent our hands to our neighbors. So it doesn't matter how the neighbor in the story of the Good Samaritan fell into his situation, but what's important is being there for them in the recovery.

You are loved and accepted and seen exactly as you are...and I have a load of healing salve in my knapsack just in case you need it.

Peace & An Immense Amount of Love,
Julie

And IF I did offend anyone at all by any previous posts, please accept my apology and please forgive me.