I thought I'd be the hit of the season, the toast of a town that never toasted. Conservatives would love me because I supported the commandments as laid out by the prophets of God, and liberals would love me because I was gay and had fabulous shoes.
There was little love. I thought that I wasn't well-received because I hadn't found my voice, so I just kept writing, and as I wrote I continued to lose friends. I had to pretend that I didn't notice when Facebook friends eliminated me from their accounts. Many didn't want to hear what I had to say.
Had I been a celebrity or a political figure, or rich and pretty, things may have gone over better. Rich ain't going to happen and pretty is relative. I am just a normal gay guy in the church who has had problems in his life and knows what it feels like to have to repent in a large way. I will never be any one's poster child.
- God is loving and just
- All people deserve respect
- Everyone has a place and a purpose
- Everyone makes mistakes and has need of the atonement
- My viewpoint is just as valid as yours and vice versa.
What I want to say to gays is that there is a reason that the Lord gave us commandments to follow. The rules apply to everyone who wants to follow God.
Yet we still have our agency.
Which is the worse sin: Being critical and exclusive, or immoral and disobedient. The answer may be different that you think.