"I'm Christian, unless you're gay"

I read this post earlier in the week and it's surprised me how much its come up in my conversation. Lately I've been having a hard time transferring exactly what this brain of mine is thinking into coherent words and usually it just seems to come out wrong. There are parts in this blog post that are exactly what I have been feeling and I am very grateful someone else could put it into words for me. Go here to read the whole post if you'd like. It's lengthy and he drills it into you pretty hard but it's a really good reminder I think for everyone.

"We shouldn’t choose who we will love and who we won’t.

 “I’m Christian, unless you’re gay.”

That’s the message we’re sending, you know.

“I’m Christian, unless I’m hotter than you.”

“I’m Christian, unless I’m uglier than you.”

“I’m Christian, unless I found out you cheated on your income taxes.”

“I’m Christian, unless you cut me off in traffic.”

“I’m Christian, unless you fall in love with the person I once fell in love with.”

“I’m Christian, unless you’re that guy who smells like crap on the subway.”

“I’m Christian, unless you’re of a different religion.”

..Come on. Don’t we understand? Don’t we get it? To put our arm around someone who is gay, someone who has an addiction, somebody who lives a different lifestyle, someone who is not what we think they should be… 

Doing that has nothing to do with enabling them or accepting what they do as okay by us. It has nothing to do with encouraging them in their practice of what you or I might feel or believe is wrong vs right. 

It has everything to do with being a good human being. A good person. A good friend."

It has everything to do with being an example of the believers.
It has everything to do with following Christ, 
with striving to become like him.
With loving others as He would.

That's it.
Right there. 

That Love- it's everything. 

No excuses.


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kind of, sort of, technically.. a year?

This happened exactly one year ago today. whaaaa? New York has officially been in my life for a year! It was exactly a year ago I decided to move out here with out a plan, with only a shannon and measly amount of money in my bank account.

I had no idea a year ago that the decison I made on that random Tuesday in November would turn me into the person I am today. And to be honest, I still can't believe that I live here.

I am grateful for New York
and I am grateful for everything wonderful that comes with that amazingly, beautiful, fantastic word.

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