Monthly Archives: July 2015

BASHING Okay, I’m joining the rest of the world, responding to last Friday’s Supreme Court decision. I know the verses in the bible about the woman who committed adultery and some of Jesus’ other words show that bashing is not the Christian answer. In my own case, it never occurred to me when I was younger to avoid or condemn people with an lgbt (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender/homosexual) lifestyle. I figured what went on behind closed doors was none of my business. I was not aware of what the Bible said about it. When I became informed of the fact that God considers homosexual behavior an abomination, yet I did not want to condemn the people I knew. Some of the lgbt people I’ve known have had damaged self esteem due to being condemned and excluded by heterosexual people. Certainly I have known, firsthand, that how some heterosexuals behave is no better than lgbt behavior (my first husband, in point). I have had compassion for the sadness, depression, and other expressions stemming from rejection in some I have known who are lgbt. I can relate because I have at times received similar rejection due to the thinking of some people about my physical blindness and my plus-sizedness. I know firsthand what it feels like to be judged negatively. I do not want to turn around and do that to someone else. I steered clear of Christians for quite a number of years due to so many of them bashing of various kinds. Now that I am “one of those” I am more than reluctant to bash. I do not believe that bashing is a necessary behavior of a Christian. Jesus did not say “love your neighbor as yourself except for blind people, or, except for lgbt people,” etc. He said “love your neighbor as yourself.” “love one another.” He meant everyone. Part of me wants to paraphrase the verse “judge not lest you be judged” as “bash not lest you be bashed.” Bashing, after all, is a form of judging. We can understand God’s position on homosexuality without bashing those who practice it. After all, there is something you and I have done, are doing, or will do, that was/is/will be just as abominable to God as homosexuality. There are ten commandments. God doesn’t say that one commandment is more important than another. As far as I know, they are all equal. “thou shalt not …” any of them is important and we have all committed something against at least one of those commandments in some way, so we cannot get off as superior to others, including the fact that we who are heterosexual are not superior to those who are not. I don’t want to bash those who I have known who are lgbt, therefore I will not. There are other things I respect about them such as their intelligence, their talent, their commitment to their partner or their children, their creativity, etc. I will focus on those characteristics in them as I’d hope people would focus on in me. In Jesus’ name

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JUST A PENNY I have stated before that asking Jesus for something is only one side of the coin, pun intended. Giving is also important. You ask:what can I give Him? You give Him your heart and soul, actually all of you. You may think “I don’t have anything to offer Him.” Everyone has something, no matter how small. I remember one day at a store when I was purchasing an item worth $100 even, including tax. My problem was that I only had $99.99–99 dollars and 99 cents. I was one penny short. Without that penny, I could not purchase my item of choice. As I fumbled in my bag for a penny, the clerk said she would add one for me. This was a kind gesture, small amount of money that a penny is these days. I went home thinking differently about just one penny. One Sunday morning I literally had only one cent to my name. I debated on whether or not to put it in an envelope and give it during offering time. I was afraid that whoever opened the envelope would be disgusted, like, “what a stupid thing to do!” I thought about “the widow’s mite” mentioned in the Bible, realizing I am a widow and that my penny could multiply, or it could bring the total to just the right amount for that Sunday. Casting aside my embarrassment and worry about what someone else would think, I realized that Jesus would be pleased by my sharing. So, up went the penny in its envelope. Now someone reading this might contribute one penny when he/she might not have before. If enough of us gave just one penny, it could add up. My second husband used to dump his pockets out on the floor. I thought this was rather rude and crude of him so I refused to pick up his messes. One day I was feeling around on the floor for something I had dropped and I came across Jim’s dumpings, and suddenly I was interested in them. He not only dumped out receipts, bits of paper, etc, but also his change! I began a ritual of picking up his change and placing it in a giant Coke bottle. Several years after his passing, I noticed the bottle was very heavy. I decided to take it to a coin sorter, to discover that I had saved $177.62! This was enough to help with my bills! My diligence paid off, pun intended. What he considered next to garbage turned out to be very helpful to me. I know they’ve been talking about doing away with the penny for some years. But as long as they haven’t done it yet, perhaps you might reconsider “just a penny” and find in it some value, to God and to you. In Jesus’ Name!

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