Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Sometimes They Get It

Many pastors, ministers, and priests say negative things about gays, lesbians, bi, and trans-people but they are not all like that, there are some who get it. One pastor who does is Pastor John Pavlovitz on his website he listed five things you will not hear him saying.
1) If I have gay children, you’ll all know it.
My children won’t be our family’s best kept secret.
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If my children come out, we’ll be out as a family.

2) If I have gay children, I’ll pray for them.
I won’t pray for them to be made “normal”. I’ve lived long enough to know that if my children are gay, that is their normal.
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Above all, I’ll pray to God that my children won’t allow the unGodly treatment they might receive from some of His misguided children, to keep them from pursuing Him.

3) If I have gay children, I’ll love them.
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If my kids are gay, they may doubt a million things about themselves and about this world, but they’ll never doubt for a second whether or not their Daddy is over-the-moon crazy about them

4) If I have gay children, most likely; I have gay children.
If my kids are going to be gay, well they pretty much already are.
God has already created them and wired them, and placed the seed of who they are within them. Psalm 139 says that He, “stitched them together in their mother’s womb”. The incredibly intricate stuff that makes them uniquely them; once-in-History souls, has already been uploaded into their very cells.
There are 3,834 comments on his post they run from “Bless you!” to “How can you call yourself a pastor?”

In Heidi Stevens column she says this about why the pastor feels the way he does,
Pavlovitz, raised Catholic in upstate New York, attended college at Philadelphia's University of the Arts, where he made friends with people in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender community. "That's when I first started to realize, 'These are human beings, not just some reasons to quote scripture,'" he told me. "That opened my eyes to seeing homosexuality not as an issue but as a human story."
When you know someone it is a lot harder to hate them, I realize that not everyone can be out, but one of the greatest experiences in life is to know that you have brought change for the better in a person’s. to hear someone say that by knowing you they have changed for the better the way they think about trans-people.

1 comment:

Joyful Girl said...

This is beautiful! I wish more people were like this pastor and my religious friend who says Christ is about love and compassion, not judgment. It saddens me that I will always be a deviant sinner in many people's eyes no matter how much I live with integrity and kindness.