I have not participated in the Spin Cycle in like forevah, but it’s because I’ve been busy. I really miss reading what everyone else has to say on any given subject- and Jen (the keeper of the Spin Cycle) always keeps us on our toes. This week the topic was “religion” and I can’t think of a better place to jump back in to the fray.
I grew up in church. A non-denominational Bible Church to be exact. And frankly, that’s how I’d like to stay- non-denominational. My first husband was a Baptist. Nothing against Baptists- unless you’re a member of the Westboro church of Freaks in Topeka, Ks. Then you’re not on my good list, but hey, I’m not judging. It’s your right to say “God Hates Fags”, just as it’s my right to vehemently disagree with you and your methods. I’m not sure how you’re spreading the message that “God is love” that way, but whatevs. I don’t have to answer for those actions. My second husband was a stereotypical guilt ridden Catholic. I’ve nothing against Catholics either- I actually used to attend Mass with him. The rub, for at least me anyway, comes from the fact that only Catholics can do communion in the Catholic faith. But that’s neither here not there.
You see, I believe that it doesn’t matter what “religion” you belong to, or what “religion” you practice. I believe that what matters is that you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross to save your soul. That’s it, plain and simple. You can be purple, blue polka-dotted, a transvestite, a prostitute, gay, a homophobe (like pastor Fred Phelps whose church I mentioned above), bi-sexual, a girl that got pregnant as a teenager, a drug addict, or a boozer, and well, God still loves YOU. He may not love the choices you make, but the beauty in having a relationship with Christ is that none of that matters.
Now, that’s not saying that we shouldn’t go to church or be involved in helping our community or set examples of how to live a good life, share and show love, or even follow what’s in The Bible- I’m simply breaking it down to what I believe to my very core. And frankly too many churches and “religions” have forgotten that. Gays find themselves on the outs; pregnant teenage girls also find themselves on the outs- because sex is a taboo subject in Judeo-Christian homes; and if you don’t talk about it and educate the kids about it, they’ll just feel like they can’t bring it up and then the guilt sets in. Sex addicts, drug addicts, and the like, all feel like they have to hide their struggles, lest they be judged. And, I don’t know about the rest of you, but that’s not what my God has in mind for anyone He loves.
The fact is we’re all only human. We all struggle with things- be it our mouths, an addiction or something else. But that doesn’t lessen God’s love for us. Our choices are our choices. After all, God did give us each a free will. And I may not agree with your choice, but that doesn’t mean I should love you less, treat you like less of a person, or make you feel bad because you chose to do something I disagree with. My job is to love you anyway. And that’s what it’s all about. Jesus did it. So can we.
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