I’ve found myself in an interesting position a few times this week.
That is, the topic of homosexuality and the church, has come my way a handful of times.
And I get it. The church, historically, and in some cases presently, has not and does not treat homosexuals very well.
I get that a significant amount of faith-based people treat homosexuals and bisexuals like dirt.
I get that there is hurt.
And if that is being voiced, I’m behind the people voicing their concerns 100%.
I am all for Bill 18. I left a church I attended /because/ they weren’t LGBTTQ-friendly.
However, more often than not, in the past year, I have seen the reverse.
I have definitely not seen perfection from the side of faith, but in a lot of instances, I have seen attempts by faith communities to build bridges, and people in the LGBTTQ community denying those attempts. Not even denying the attempts, but outright throwing them back at the faith community.
I have seen more effort from the faith community to reach an understanding and be accepting, than the other side.
I have seen the LGBTTQ community say “well you’ve oppressed us like this, so we’re going to oppress YOU like this”.
I don’t believe that fighting fire with fire works, ever. Especially not here, when the issue is that some parts of each side, don’t think that the other side is decent.
Again, I’m not saying that the LGBTTQ community has no reason to be upset.
They totally do.
But, I’m saying that if one side is reaching out, the other side should meet them somewhere.
I’m saying that the LGBTTQ community has a lot of issues, and anger, towards people who put them all in the same stereotype of “promiscuous” and whatnot.
Well, I have an issue with the fact that because I’m of faith, I get put into a category of “homophobic” and “naïve”.
I’m saying… I don’t care if God can’t be proved. Love can’t be proved. A whole heck of a lot can’t be tangibly proven. But we choose to believe. I choose to believe in God. I choose to believe in love, and hope, and a better tomorrow.
I choose to believe, regardless of the overwhelming lack of evidence, that someday, we might all get along.