Over the Rainbow
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
- John 3:16, KJV
For far too long, opinion in the Western world was that the verse only held true if you fit within certain guidelines. The way things were, it might well have been "whosoever but not..."
Not the gays. Not the blacks. Not the men with long hair or the women who wear pants or the people with tattoos. Not the childfree. Not the liberals. Not anyone who didn't fit within a certain mold that was mass-marketed by the Moral Majority.
Slowly, many previously excluded groups have gained ground, humanity, and acceptance. There is still racism against non-white minorities, sexism against women, prejudice against those who express themselves creatively and do not conform to the conservative appearance. But there is still rampant bigotry and hatred against the homosexual population in the Church.
For too long, we've been told that we are not acceptable in the eyes of God. We have struggled with our sexuality, many of us have tried to 'live right', aka straight. We have struggled with crushing guilt and self-loathing and crisises of faith. We have been told we're in rebellion, that we're not trying hard enough, that we're not good enough for God, that our quest for deliverance from our sinful nature isn't genuine. Some of us have followed the road to suicide. The lucky ones have found peace in accepting their nature and God's grace, and the slow understanding that He made us as we are.
Finding fellowship among our brethern in Christ is a challenge; too many feel that we are wrong, deviant, sinful, an abomination to God, and have twisted Scripture to justify their exclusion of us, their bigotry and hatred.
This is for all of us.
The rules are subject to change as needed.
(More will be added as needed)
The default icon is taken from a photograph of a rainbow over Bethlehem, Israel. It seemed fitting.
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|Date created:||2007-07-12 10:19:59|
|Date updated:||2008-09-25 19:59:25, 613 weeks ago|
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