No two people will agree on 100% of all issues. I live in a area where I am a a minority in terms of my liberal leanings. Granted there are others who are more liberal than me so I might come across as a moderate. Getting over the fear of disappointing people when they find out what you think is something I have to deal with. My friends I want there to be a place for people like me in the community I live in but the last thing I want is conflict. People who think like me face ridicule for thinking different, divergent. In the back of my mind is there is a chance some friendships might end but if they can’t deal with a different point of view then are they worth keeping around in the first place?
I am seeing the LGBTQ community today and their elation of the events of the day and I see the joy and love happening here…then I compare that to the Christian community and I don’t see that so much. Many are so mired down in their dogma and the things they have been taught from time and memorial and they just seem so sad. They feel that what is happening is the downfall of society and that wrath will be unleashed.
I am a believer in God’s story being written daily and that maybe love is more important than theology or doctrine so perhaps we should celebrate that fact. People get to love who they choose and I know God has brought them together for a purpose to change the world for the better. Maybe Christians should learn from the LGBTQ community and figure out how to find joy like that so they too can do amazing things like inclusion and justice.
Just my two cents worth.
I suppose now is as good a time to say this. I am a liberal. Yep I am in favor of universal health care, gay marriage (or as we call it today, marriage), public education, women in the clergy and the fact that other religions too have a path to the afterlife, I kind of like Jesus Christ and Karl Marx and the list goes on and on. I also can love my conservative friends who aren’t fans of these things. My heart is open to many things but intolerance and hate aren’t among them.