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Soul Searching ... Kind Of.

So I was watching a video that an acquaintance of mine posted on his blog (He's a blogger and a video blogger.) about his experience coming out to his family and friends in high school, and it got me thinking. One of the things that he said was - and this is a paraphrase - "The fact that I liked guys was so normal to me, such an integral part of who I was, that it didn't make sense to me that people hated me for it."

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And here I am, the result of an incredibly right-winged environment, pondering and even being embarrassed by this thought. I swear, if my grandmother knew my thoughts on this subject, she would run over here and give me a good ear lashing, God love her. But therein lies the rub. I can remember when I was as close-minded as she is. Most specifically, I remember in high school - I can't remember exactly when - a friend of mine at the time came out to me, and I FLIPPED (You know who you are, and I am ashamed of how I reacted. I'm so very sorry.). Granted, he told me over IM, so there wasn't this horrible fight or anything, but I immediately brought out my Bible (What a good little Christian I was...) and started throwing verse after verse after verse at him, pretty much condemning him to hell for this horrible sin, for this abomination. Not only that, but I quoted that all-too-offensive statement, "Love the sinner, hate the sin."

Do you know what I say to all of that? Ridiculous. Absolutely ridiculous. God loves everyone. How many times in the Bible does it say that? God is love. Let me place in front of you a few verses. You can read them if you choose, or you can skip onward. Heck, you can even close this window and go look at your facebook account. It's a free country. :)

THE BIGGIE - John 3:16 - For God so loved the WORLD that He gave His only begotten Son, so that whoever believes in Him will not die but have everlasting life.

1st John 2:2 - And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not only for our own, but also for the sins of the WHOLE WORLD.

Sure, God may not approve of what we do. We may tell a white lie, or we may slip and be unnecessarily mean to someone just because we have a bad day, or we may steal, murder. We may also be homosexual. But God loves us all the same. Why is it that Christians feel the need to condemn only one type of the millions of sins that we are capable of committing every day?

In I Corinthians 6:9-10, it says as follows:

Don't you know that those who do wrong will have no share in the Kingdom of God? Don't fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, who are idol worshipers, adulterers, male prostitutes, homosexuals, thieves, greedy people, drunkards, abusers, and swindlers--none of these will have a share in the Kingdom of God.

I'd like to pose this question: If this is true, if this is honestly where God places His line on who and who are not allowed into Heaven, then who on earth is going to pass through those famous pearly gates??? I know I won't, simply because of the addition of the word "thieves." When I was little, I stole a pencil from one of my classmates. I knew it was stealing, but I did it anyway. So this means that I can't go to Heaven? I think not.

Also, Leviticus 20:13 states: If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.

Now, I'm one of those people that doesn't take the Old Testament too seriously when it comes to the law books such as Leviticus. I think they're a reminder of what life used to be like before Jesus came to the Earth and made the afterlife much less bleak. It's a good thing to keep in mind when going through life, but I don't necessarily think that all of those rule necessarily apply today. If we're going to follow along with that rule, then why aren't we following along with the rules listed below??

- Do not mate different kinds of animals.
- Do not plant your fields with two kinds of seed.
- Do not wear clothing of two kinds of material.
- Do not cut the hair at the sides of your head or clip off the edges of your beard.
- ETC.

We can't pick and choose to stick to laws just because something different or strange scares us, and it's ridiculous that we should treat anyone differently (or condemn / hate him) just because he has a different sexual preference.

The verse listed below - II Corinthians 3:14 - is one of the many that tells me that the Old Testament isn't necessarily as prevalent as it once was before Jesus came to walk among us.

II Corinthians 3:14 - But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same veil untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which veil is done away in Christ.

I think that, in the end, the most important phrase in this instance, coming straight from Jesus should be this: "Let he who has not sinned cast the first stone."


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