It’s Sunday and some of you went to church Saturday night and some of you went this morning. Since I wasn’t there with you, I don’t know how welcoming your sermon was or if it was one that called for the condemnation of sinners.
But, it never turned me away from praying to God almighty. I still pray to this date. I’m very grateful for what the Lord has provided for me.
I always knew I was gay. I didn’t choose this “alternative lifestyle”. I didn’t hope or pray to be this different and have people spew hate and ridicule toward my fellow brothers and sisters. I don’t recall an anti-gay sermon from Brother Carey Puckett, but I can’t say that there wasn’t one because I was not a religious church-goer.
I know that there are many Christians out there that really believe that God should be the only one that judges on Earth, as in heaven, and God loves all of his children and that he didn’t make mistakes.
Many advancements have been made over the past few years in people’s perception of people in the LGBT (lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender) community. Many states allow those couples to get married or have civil unions, some states allow those Americans to adopt children in a caring and loving home, and many states still have a lot of room for improvement.
We even have a sitting president that believes that same-sex couples should have the same rights as any other Americans to marry. Two days ago, President Barack Obama proclaimed June “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride” month, by saying, “I call upon the people of the United States to eliminate prejudice everywhere it exists, and to celebrate the great diversity of the American people.”
President Obama even asked Americans to celebrate the everyday hero, people in the LGBT community! “As we celebrate LGBT Pride month, we remember the activists and advocates who refused to be treated like second-class citizens. People like Jean Manford and Harvey Milk, who marched and protested and believed in a better future. But we also remember the unsung heroes. The millions of LGBT Americans for whom everyday acts required extraordinary courage. The young people who came out as gay or transgender to their parents not knowing what to expect. The two moms or two dads who went to an open house or PTA meeting not knowing how they would be received. The couple that got married even if their bosses or neighbors wouldn’t approve, at least not right away. Most of these heroes didn’t set out to make history, but that’s exactly what they did. Bit by bit, step by step they bent the arc of the moral universe toward justice.”
Maybe someone should email him this image. 🙂
As repulsive as Worley’s views are, it’s even sadder when he has people who believe his rhetoric. Nevertheless, I still have to shake my head and smile when I see his followers try to make sense of his hate or his understanding of God’s word.
Just last week, Kansas Pastor Curtis Knapp stated that he wanted the U.S. government to follow one quick Leviticus passage and exterminate all the gays. After that, he clarified his comments with “we punish pedophilia. We punish incest. We punish polygamy and various things. It’s only homosexuality that is lifted out as an exemption.”
Earlier this spring, in Fayetteville, North Carolina, Sean Harris, the senior pastor at Berean Baptist Church told his congregation, “So your little son starts to act a little girlish when he is four years old and instead of squashing that like a cockroach and saying, ‘Man up, son, get that dress off you and get outside and dig a ditch, because that is what boys do,’ you get out the camera and you start taking pictures of Johnny acting like a female and then you upload it to YouTube and everybody laughs about it and the next thing you know, this dude, this kid is acting out childhood fantasies that should have been squashed.”
But, I’ll stick by what I always say. I’m glad we live in a free country where I can say what I want to say and they can say what they want. I just wish that there were not people listening to them and encouraging them on with an “Amen”.