So, I am for equality. To me, that means if an honest, tax paying American wants to marry, they should be able to regardless of their sexual orientation. But hey, I know I am biased because I am a lesbian and of course I want to marry my love. So, I don’t completely (“completely”) despise someone who doesn’t see it the way I do. I figure they have a right to their view, they can cast their vote, and I hope someday equality will prevail.
But when people begin to speak about me, and to me – telling me what I am or am not – I take it a bit more personally. And here is one such example; it started when a straight friend of mine posted this link. If you don’t want to read it, it’s about Linda Harvey’s comments regarding the non-existence of the LGBT community. As taken from her Mission America broadcast this weekend, she said the following:
“There’s one big fact that’s not backed up. There is no proof that there’s ever anything like a gay, lesbian or bisexual or transgendered child, or teen or human. One of the other things you’re gonna see as I mentioned is a big campaign GLSEN’s gonna roll out this year calling for ‘respect,’ respect! Not just for people, but for homosexual lifestyle. The PR campaign to hold up gay as a good thing: the lifestyle, not the person, because there are no such humans.”
I would like to point out she did NOT say verbatim “they do not exist”, but “there is no such humans” pretty much gets us to that point, right?
So, be it these allergies or what I fear is really a cold hunkering down on me, I thought I would address Linda Harvey directly…..reach out and share that hey, I DO exist! So I wrote the following email to her site:
“I respect your right as an American to disagree with homosexuality. I respect your right as an American to vote against, and encourage others to vote against equality for homosexuals. However, to read that any member of your organization claim the LGBT community to not exist is……ignorant. Stand up for your beliefs, but don’t muddy your message with silly statements such as these. I am a lesbian – the L in LGBT – and also a professional, someone who holds an advanced college degree, a mother, a voter, a Christian, and an American. I exist.”
To which I received the following response (emphasis added by Gina):
“I am completely blown away by the number of people who take things out of context, don’t really listen to my program, and are then easy to manipulate by evil bloggers.
My entire thought, if accurately communicated, was that this is not inborn, that there is no separate human “type” of person who is genetically homosexual, or born in the wrong body. No evidence for this.
This is actually a hopeful idea for those who feel trapped and feel they have no choice. There is choice here. No one is born this way.
I hope God opens your eyes.
So, upon reading the above I was kind of irritated. But three thoughts immediately came to my mind:
1) No amount of words written from me will open HER eyes to any sort of truth. I need to give this to the Lord.
2) This is a great opportunity to extend grace, because I could use this lesson for my own growth don’t you think? (Now, believe me, to truly FEEL this sentiment took about an hour!)
3) Wow Lord, Pastor was JUST speaking on our identity in Christ, and here You provide a real example of how this woman’s words are hurtful, but in the scheme of things don’t define me!
BUT, I also believe it’s fair to share her position and – at least on this blog – share a bit of mine. So maybe that waters down the grace a little? Not sure. Just for reference, this is what I replied to her:
“Thank you for responding. I see that we don’t agree, but nonetheless I wish you well. And I will sincerely pray for your well being.”
Now, to apply the truth……
1) I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20
2) Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, wehave peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And weboast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation. Romans 5:1-11
3) For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. John 3:16-18
I have not been manipulated by “evil bloggers”. I may not have medical or scientific proof that I was born this way – and I gather there is no medical or scientific proof saying I WASN’T born this way – but I KNOW I was born this way and – more importantly – I have the assurance in my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ that I am His. Thank you Pastor, for reminding us of that! Enough said.