Jun 29 2013

An Open Letter

Published by at 10:16 pm under politics

An open letter (please feel free to share)…

Dear Person Upset About Gay Marriage,

I realize you are upset. I realize you are angry. What I don’t understand, is why. Sure, there’s probably something about God in there, or the Bible, or Adam & Eve NOT Adam & Steve. But I want to ask you a few questions that go deeper than that.

Ultimately, what does it matter to you?

In your day-to-day life, how does what body parts people are putting into other people’s bodies ultimately affect you? Do two men or two women having sex with each other, falling in love with each other, and having a committed relationship with each other, and making that relationship official in the same capacity that their heterosexual friends are able to change anything about your life? Is it stopping you from eating food? Is it stopping you from seeking medical care? Has it put you out of work? Is it preventing you from pursuing your own happiness? Are you having problems getting into your church, stepping over all of the men pounding each other in the ass on the steps? Or is your life dependent on restricting the lives of others? Does who I (a man) am married to (a woman), and who I have sex with (the same woman) have any effect on your day to day life? Then why should the sex lives of my friends? Seriously, you obsess about gay sex more than my gay friends do. It makes me wonder. We’ll return to this question, don’t worry.

Second, are you presuming to speak for God, with your quotes from Leviticus, and your pithy slogans? Is God all powerful? Is God all knowing? My understanding is that He is. If so, does God need you to speak for Him? Is it possible that perhaps it is up to Him to see what is in the hearts of all of us (straight and gay), and to judge for Himself who goes to Heaven and who goes to Hell? Isn’t that God’s job? When did it become part of yours? While I appreciate your concern for my eternal salvation, do you really want to hang out with me forever and ever? I can be a bit of a dick. Just warning you. Additionally, I think it is pretty incredible that you presume to know and understand God’s will, God’s thoughts, and God’s desires, and that you feel the need to impart that on the rest of us. Finally, if I may be so bold as to pass along the words of a dear friend of mine (a minister, no less), by declaring the Bible to be the end-all be-all, are you not committing idolatry by placing it above God, in importance?

I can only guess at some of the motivations for your continued noise on the subject.

Perhaps you are turned on by the thought of having sex with someone of the same gender. Hey, you know what? It’s okay. I don’t judge you. I know, you’re probably thinking this is preposterous, and how dare I suggest such a thing. Assorted psychological studies aside that show that these thoughts are actually pretty common amongst people who say many of the same things you do, I wonder -if you do have these feelings- if they frighten you? I know I’d probably be confused and scared of them if I had them. But to assume that gay sex and gay marriage somehow cause everybody to be sexually aroused simply isn’t the case. Personally, I’m 100% hetero. I had a guy try to kiss me once, and, honestly, it did nothing for me. Your mileage may vary. Everybody’s mileage may vary. And it should vary. It keeps life interesting. If none of this applies to you, and I’m asking you to search deep within yourself, hey, that’s fine, too. Because I have another question for you.

Why are you so concerned about the souls of others? I mean, it’s a nice thought, and I appreciate that you’re looking out for us, but you don’t have to. Really. So God gets some souls, and Satan gets some souls (if this is your worldview). Does it matter who gets mine? Or who gets the soul of those two guys you see kissing in tuxes? Again, I think this is for God to decide, and not you. If your name is Metatron, we may have a chat. Otherwise, I think you really need to leave the rest of us alone. It’s, simply, NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS. Are you so uncomfortable and uncertain in your faith, that you need to feel safer by having more and more people subscribe to it? Safety in numbers? If we all agree, then what you believe MUST be right? Again, shouldn’t this be between you and God?

If none of this is getting through to you, perhaps I can redirect you to a passage in your Bible – specifically, Matthew 6:1 – “Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.” and Matthew 6:5 – “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. ”

In conclusion, let me suggest this: if you don’t like gay marriage, don’t have one. If you don’t like gay pride events, don’t attend. I’m not particularly enamored of the church, so I don’t attend. What I don’t do is go around chasing Christians, demanding they fellate each other. I don’t make signs suggesting this, nor do I wear shirts suggesting this. I don’t worry about how many people are going to church, and I don’t worry about how many people are not going to church. It’s NONE OF MY BUSINESS.

Just as what goes on outside of the church is NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS.

What happens in your life, and in our lives, is strictly between us and God.

There is no reason for you to try to get involved in that process.

To do so, I might suggest, makes God less than all-powerful, if he needs your help. And, that, I might suggest, is heresy.

-Straight Guy With A Kid Who Likes To Go To Pride Parades With His Wife, And Thinks You’re Full Of Shit.


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