There are some who will disagree with me because of what "the bible says" about homosexuality; however, the modern concept of homosexuality as a sexual orientation was not even thought of when the bible was written 3,500 years ago. Unless you have done the extensive research to understand the context and history of the few anti-gay passages of scriptures that people recite you are ignorant to the truth and intentions of those texts. Remember that throughout history the bible has been used to enslave people, promote polygamy, support domestic violence and incest, and various other terrible things that most people agree are barbaric in the 21st century. How then can we not understand that the same should hold true concerning the LGBT community? When Christ was asked which of the 10 commandments was the greatest he replied- Love God, Love your neighbor, Love yourself. Isn't love enough?
I challenge every gay person who is a member of a church that preaches hate to leave that church and find a loving, accepting, and affirming church. Dandelions may not be wanted and desired everywhere; however, they are loved and accepted somewhere. Moreover, anyone who is straight and tired of the pulpit being used to marginalize and attack certain populations in the community should find a open and affirming congregation to join. A wonderful resource is www.gaychurch.org ; you can search for a hate free church in your community. Let us fight to end the cycle of hate in our churches and our communities. Let us stop bullying not only in schools but in churches as well! Be blessed my beloved lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, queer, and questions brothers/sisters/others! You are more than conquorers; you are dandelions! Some may not want you around, but God loves you just the way you are! Love Wins! -Rev. Derek