As teachers we are now promoted to call the children in our class, “students” and stop calling them “boys” or “girls”. There are so many different kinds of sexually confused and gender confused students in the school system today, the school boards are trying to make their learning environment as comfortable as possible for them. I think this is fantastic that they are providing this for the students, but there are many mixed opinions on this.
A symbol of solidarity with LGBTQ citizens of my city, recently painted rainbow stamps near our City Hall. It was the beautiful striped rainbow flag depicting the colors that represent each of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexuals and Questionable. Sadly it was defaced twice with tire skid marks and white paint since its unveiling three weeks ago.
This really frustrates me that people would be filled with such hatred to take the time and effort to deface this piece of art that they very proudly placed at our City Hall to show our support of these individuals in our community.
That is what I love about the stories of the Bible, in the New Testament. Jesus came and things started to change. He started breaking all the rules and made quite an uproar! He started healing people on Sundays. He called the religious rulers out for being hypocrites when they gave a tenth of their income but neglected the more important matters of the law – justice, mercy and faithfulness. He touch lepers even though the Jewish law said that would make him unclean. The Old Testament law forbid that you would drink blood, but what did Jesus have his disciples do? Yep, drink his blood.
These are just a few of the rules that he broke. He also talked to strange women, even prostitutes and adulterers. He overturning the money tables at the temple. He would eat with “sinners” or people that were not respected in the fundamental religion circles. Jesus would break the ritual of washing his hands before he ate. He also took a stand on violence. He did the unthinkable back then!
Why do you think this was? He was making changes, and questioning the questionable. He came to be a leader of a new age. He knew his mission on earth was to show that the thoughts of the Old Testament was a thing of the past and it was time to move forward to evolve into a more loving and acceptable society.
He came to demonstrate that the Old Testament rules were impossible for us to keep, he also came to show us that religion and all their rules are hard for any humans to uphold. He knew what it was like to be human. He was getting the full experience, and was trying to show that things HAD to change.
I also think Jesus came to help us realize that when religious rules get in the way of kindness, compassion and integrity, we should break the rules and show that human beings matter more than rules. Love and compassion should be our only rule!
I love Matthew 11:29, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” He wants us to realize that as a child of God, we should learn from the changes he made to the world for us when he was here in the earthly realm. He didn’t care about the rules, he modelled love, kindness, compassion, sympathy, gentleness and tenderness.
If Jesus was here today, and saw the disgrace of how these people are being treated, how do you think he would act? Do you think he would love these people like he loved the lepers, the prostitutes, the adulterers, the sinners? Absolutely! We are ALL sinners! These people are created the exact same as you and I and treating them in this manner is unacceptable. If it is for religious reasons, what do you think Jesus would have to say about these religious rules? Do you think he would want you to love them like yourself? No question about it!
Let’s take a stand for love, just like Jesus did, and stop being vessels of hatred. Remember, “So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”