Most Occupy Wall Street protestors are seeking government intervention, so as to level the “capitalist playing field” without realizing that it’s government-corporation cronyism that caused the corruption in the first place.
It’s sort of like the paradox that says, “People are bad so we need a government made up of people are bad so we need a government made up of people are bad so we need a government made up of people …”
“Stories, like people and butterflies and songbirds’ eggs and human hearts and dreams, are also fragile things, made up of nothing stronger or more lasting than twenty-six letters and a handful of punctuation marks. Or they are words on the air, composed of sounds and ideas-abstract, invisible, gone once they’ve been spoken-and what could be more frail than that? But some stories, small, simple ones about setting out on adventures or people doing wonders, tales of miracles and monsters, have outlasted all the people who told them, and some of them have outlasted the lands in which they were created.”—Neil Gaiman (via adessive)
Homosexuality is considered a bad thing—an undesirable characteristic. But when I think of myself, I don’t think of myself as bad. I don’t identify with the majority of those stigmas either.
I had to ask myself the tough question: if I tell people I’m gay, what will go through their heads? I knew it wasn’t going to look pretty. So I wondered, is there a way for me to help them understand—quickly—that which took me eight years to accept about myself?
So I thought about specific people. If I tell my friend Melissa, she’s going to think that it’s a sin, or at least that God doesn’t want that for me, that I can change, and that I’m less of a spiritual leader because I struggle with a sin so big. It’s likely that she’ll think a lot of other things, too: it was caused by something horrible in my past or that it’s something I chose, that I’m questioning whether or not God exists, or maybe that I haven’t been a Christian at all.
All of these misconceptions need to be cleared up, so that my friend Melissa… stays my friend. She has all these beliefs about me, and they will not match with her beliefs about homosexuality. So, will she walk away? Or, will she say, “you’re still you,” and does that mean she thinks I’m the exception among the gays, or that she is going to re-write everything she thinks about homosexuality over the next few years when we talk about it? Will she try to read and study and think about these things on her own? If she does, will she come around quickly? Or will it take her years to reconcile all of these problems? If she’s unwilling to read on her own, will she eventually give up on our friendship? Will she feel tension all the time until she has to leave? How will all of this hurt our friendship?
It’s not true, what they say. You don’t find your true friends when you come out. These friends just really needed help making sense of it, and every part of your coming out is absolutely vital to making sure they don’t give up.
I think the responsible thing to do is to educate those we come out to, and not educate them later, but in the moment. Yes, we will continue to answer questions for a long time, but we need to hear now everything they think about homosexuality, and we need to address it, point by every point, until they have heard what took us a long time to understand about ourselves.
Because when Melissa understands that I want God to use this for his glory, and when Zach understands that I’m attracted to him, but I know our boundaries, and when Chris realizes it can’t be prayed away, our friendships will be stronger, and they will have the knowledge, and empathy, and passion to be my advocate.
One person at a time, and one point at a time, they will all learn. Because behind me, I want an army of allies who are quick to say, “I want to be your friend” to the outcast, and the broken, and the desperate. They are His, and He wants them like mad.
Well, that was the most powerful thing I’ve ever read.
The Lord says that there is nothing you can do that would make Him love you more.
There is also nothing you can do that would make Him love you less.
He loves you because He loves you because He loves you because He loves you because He loves you because He loves you because He loves you because He loves you because He loves you because He loves you because that is what He’s like.
It is His nature to love.
And you will always be the beloved.
And His love is unchanging.
And He loves you 100%.
He won’t love you any better when you become better.
He loves you 100% right now.
And even if you have no plans to become better, He will still love you 100%.
Because He loves you because that’s the way that He is.
And even if you don’t want to change, He will love you 100%.
Even if you have no plans to walk with Him, He will love you 100%.
Because that’s His nature.
He loves all the way all the time.
His love is unchanging.
What will change, says the Lord, is your ability to receive My love.
“We often ask God to show up. We pray prayers of rescue. Perhaps God would ask us to be that rescue, to be His body, to move for things that matter. He is not invisible when we come alive. I might be simple but more and more, I believe God works in love, speaks in love, is revealed in our love.”—Jamie Tworkowski, “To Write Love On Her Arms” (via justanotherquoteblog)