"A can of worms" is what I would guess you could call it whenever anyone in this new city asks what I studied in college. Being on the artist relations team at a music/tech co, the assumption is always communications, business development, or engineering (?), but when I tell someone my degree, it often comes with what feels like at the ground level, judgment.
The truth is…anyone with a degree in any ministry field should welcome judgment, especially from someone who has received similar treatment from what they were told represented ‘the church.’
In San Francisco, some of those who have felt marginalized are a part of the LGBT community. Take a few minutes, and look through history. Anita Bryant’s actions alone warrant a lifetime of disgust with ‘Christianity’ and sadly, she wasn’t the only one championing such awful ideas.
The truth is…the way some ‘Christians’ believe they are representing ‘Christ’ is entirely wrong. Without even addressing the outliers like the Westboro Baptist Church, it’s unbelievable what passes for ‘Biblical.’ I often wonder, have you even read what’s in the Bible? Do you know what Jesus did?
The New Testament mentions HUNDREDS of times to care for the poor, the widow and the orphan. How many times does it even mention homosexuality?
Jesus FLIPPED TABLES, he spent time with prostitutes and the homeless, and at no point did he ever tell a parable about the difficulty of entering God’s Kingdom while in love with someone of the same gender.
He DID tell parables about spreading the kingdom, selling your possessions, loving the unloved, being a voice for the voiceless.
I’m at a loss when I hear ‘Christians’ condemn, and judge others for what they believe and feel. One of the beautiful things about Scripture is that it is continually relevant to where we are in present day - and in this case, we may not know a widow or an orphan, but we may know someone else who is marginalized for a completely different reason. In this case, we have one option: Love.
One may say, ‘it’s not that simple, how can I support something I believe is wrong.’ To that, I will ask, why do you believe it’s wrong? Let’s talk about it:
Lastly, I’m proud of both of my homes, California and Washington, for continuing to champion the restoration of equality in America.