Love, Hate, and John 3:16 – God, Christians, and the LGBTQ community.

So as we all know, June was/is Pride Month, and we all know that it will continue well into July and, with an extra push, August. And naturally, it’s a huge deal in major countries and it’s growing very quickly in Trinidad and Tobago. So, many people come out with many ways to show their support – going to marches, fetes, parties, plays, all sorts of major events. There are also many people who choose an artform to express their support – short stories, drawings, plays, monologues, whatever. Yesterday, I had the chance to hear a monologue, entitled Beatitudes. To be honest, because it was in a very loud Maxi Taxi, I couldn’t make out much of it, but what I did hear…

I was close to tears.

A while back, a friend of a friend of mine got stabbed and ended up in critical condition, all because he was an open gay. He knew his attackers, but not their intentions. Apparently, they gained his trust through Facebook or some other form of social media and arranged to meet. Then they did what they did.

And considering how Traditionally Spiritual and Religious Trinidad and Tobago is as a country, it’s easy to see how People immediately associated this attack as people acting in the name of God.

In this monologue, the author referenced this attack, although, it’s an example of what is done often enough.

They made reference to the Beatitudes and how they can apply more to the LGBTQ community than they are applied to the Christians that persecute them. Also ad-libbing a quote : Through the fires of Hell, I would consider it a Heaven, for it to be so far from a God who Hates as He does. 

That one nearly took me to the edge.

I’m not saying that I support their beliefs and actions, but I am saying that despite our differing beliefs, we cannot harbour any hate toward them. Jesus Christ, Our Lord, was friend to misfits, outcasts, the hated and ignored in society, despite what sins they committed. He came to save them, to show them their wrongs and to teach them the right way. God loves Us, his Creations, despite our wrongs. He wants us to come to him, willingly and ask for his forgiveness, and to come into a relationship with him, and be near him.

As Christians, we know the truth. We also have a duty to bring that to the World that does not know Him. As Christians, we should be Christ-like (using wisdom of course), and be a reflection of the God that we serve. As Christians, we know of, and know personally, God’s Love for us, as individuals, as a community. We know where God took us from, and we Trust that God will take us to where we have to be. Because we know God’s Love.

So why do we do things so hatefully in the name of a God that Loves Us as Sinful, Unholy, Evil Mankind?

The LGBTQ community, like the rest of the World, sees us in a particular light. They know us. They judge us. How do they see us? How do you want them to see us? How do they see God? How do we want them to see God?

This is a difficult topic for many Christians. It’s difficult for me, seeing as how I’m friends with people who are LBGTQ and LBGTQ sympathetic. We want them to see that God loves them despite their sins and wrong beliefs, and how. We want to show them why their belief is a sin. We want to show them how to get right with God, and how he can release them from their bonds and forget their sins, as he’s done for us. We should want to do this without Hate, or what can be interpreted as Hate.

As it is,  I will be asking for help from the Holy Spirit for Wisdom and Guidance and for Open Hearts and Minds on both sides, and Peace, when I’m talking about this to them. I can’t do this on my own, as these encounters generally pointed/points out.

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John 3:16 – For God so Loves the World, that he gave his Only Begotten Son, That Whosoever, Believes in Him, Should not Perish, But Have Everlasting Life.

God so Loves – 3rd Person Sing Present Tense. Constant. Strongly. He will Love us, as he does and did before. The World – 1) Everyone. 2) Believers and Unbelievers alike. He gave – Sacrifice – Giving something of great value to a person. Usually associated with death. His Only Son – The sacrifice. Great value to God, given for the sake of an unholy wicked people.

God gave his Son for the sake of Jews and Gentiles, for all races, for men and women, for the drug addict, vagrant, homeless, alcoholic, prep student, government schooler, non -graduate, BA, Masters PhD holder, Hindu, Muslim,  religious, nonreligious, agnostic, Atheist, L, G, B, T , Q, whoever. For our sake, He gave the ultimate sacrifice. For love.  God hates the Sin, Not the Sinner. He wants you to know that, and understand that. He wants to get rid of that sin, as long as you’re willing to go to him trusting that he will do it.

Whosoever believes in Him –   If you come to Him, It shows belief. You trust in Him, you believe that he can forgive your Sins, and draw you closer to him.

Should not Perish but have Everlasting Life –  I’ve heard it said that Death is an eternity without God’s Presence. In Hell, there is no sign of God’s Presence. Without knowing God, we are bound to such an eternity. If we do know God, we can escape that, and live in God’s Presence. There is Life in God’s presence.

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