If you are white, cis-gendered, “normal”, and you want to be the biggest blessing you can be to those in your life, please head over and read this heartbreaking story of a person who is experiencing some pain and sorrow…simply for being who she is, for standing up for her beliefs…
…and the irony that she is just now feeling a little pain that people who are NOT “normal”, or heterosexual, or cis-gender, or white experience every day simply as a matter of being!!
Sincerely, it breaks my heart for her…but what is even more heartbreaking? It still has not opened her eyes to those all around her, who live this everyday! Whose every single moment is surviving under the burdens imposed by governments and laws and also the burdens heaped up by religious hypocrites and bigots who take the Precious Name of God in vain when they do.
It is my prayer that she can hit bottom, and jolted there the scales will fall from the eyes of her heart and she will finally realize that her role as a child of our Great God of Love is to Love her neighbor, be openhanded in charity, and let God be who He is, the One and Only judge of the heart of man.
Note this: your policing of others in the name of “standing up for your beliefs” is never, EVER going to have the impact you want it to. It doesn’t change hearts. Think of your own self…before you came to know Jesus…you were dead in your sins and an active enemy of God. Oh yes…you were. God Himself says so. But where did you meet Jesus? On some crusade where He was resolutely holding the banner of truth against the evil onslaught of pagan hordes, stark and alone but prevailing anyway due to His great and noble resolute resolve to stand up for His rights?
You met Jesus at the place where He stood up for His greatest principle, and set the ultimate example for us: at the cross upon which He was nailed. And then later, in the garden by the empty tomb…
Jesus doesn’t need your fighting, your zeal. He needs your surrender and your soft and resolute commitment to kindness and open faced love to everyone you meet! THEN you have set the stage for Him to take over and do the work that only He can do anyway, and that is the transformation of the heart.
And you never know…you just might find that yours is the heart transformed, yours are the eyes opened, and yours is the life transformed.
Scenario: Constance reads article…gets inspired…starts a wedding planning business specifically for gay and lesbian clients that offers the best ever service at the most reasonable prices ever, and even donates services as acts of charities and tithes and offerings…when asked by amazed clients why she does this, she answers simply…freely I have received, freely I give. God loves you and so do I. And as you go on in your marriage, stop by and see me. If there is any way I can help for anything, it would be my honor…
Now, THAT is transformative!
I will never tire of saying it, Constance…Do justly. Love Mercy. Walk Humbly.