I read something that was completely heartbreaking today. Before you continue, read it for yourself. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/10/27/clint-mccance-anti-gay-facebook_n_774656.html
Now that you’ve read that, if you do nothing else, please read the last paragraph of this post and respond. There is a call to action that is vitally important.
What is my response? Words fail me. There is a part of me that wants to go into a novel length tirade about this. But mostly, I just want to cry. And hug some people I love. And tell them not to listen to voices like this. I read something tonight that seemed to apply so perfectly to this very sad article. It’s from an amazing workbook of a small group I used to attend. It said “Judgments put people in a place where you don’t have to trust them, and thus they can’t hurt you…grace is when you see, and have a relationship with others’ hearts…” (meaning that even if you disagree with their actions, you give grace and love rather than judgement).
While we could easily take this inspirational and encouraging quote and apply it to the person who spoke these hateful things, ranting about how judgemental he is being, I somehow think that would make us just a little bit like him. That’s the uglyness of when people sin against us – it brings out the sin inside of us. So I’d rather not sit around and badmouth him, though it would be painfully easy to do that. Sadly, I suspect that anyone who can speak such hateful things is more than likely a victim to their own pain.
Instead, I want to say, “I’m Sorry.” I am so sorry! (I wish you could see me right now as the tears are welling up in my eyes, so you would know my sincerity). To my gay friends reading this right now, and to all of you in the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bi, transgender) community who may or may not know me, I am deeply, truly, painfully sorry for the way that the Church and the way that “God’s people” have treated you. I am so regretful for the picture that is being painted to you. That is not the Jesus I know. That is not the God I serve. On behalf of Christians everywhere, I apologize for the pain that people like this have caused you. It is wrong. It is wrong. It is wrong. And I am so sorry.
Please forgive us. Please give us a chance to show you a God who loves you, if you have not met him yet. He is real.
The Lord works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed. The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.
Christians, especially straight Christians, I call on you now to speak words of life, love and encouragement to our brothers and sisters in the LGBT community. Too often they hear voices like the one in that article. Will you please join with me today in testifying that the God we serve is not full of hate, but full of love? This community needs to hear that there are voices of God’s people around them who love and care. Let’s make sure that voices like Clint McCance are not the only ones they remember. Much love to you all! Much, much, much love…deep and everlasting!