I Don't Understand - Faith and Hate -There is a whole generation of people who witnessed the progression of the civil rights movement this past Tuesday.
There was a time when the color of your skin determined where you sat on a bus, what door you walked through, what jobs you could have, what person you could marry.
Many of those same people who shed tears at the sight of true equality bearing its beautiful light on the world also voted to remove the right of others not like them to marry the person they love.
Many people, who consider themselves Christians and devoted followers of the word of Jesus, decided that Jesus wouldn't have allowed a person to declare his/her lover for another.
Many of these people had smiles on their faces while holding up Yes on Prop. 8 posters on street corners, marching down avenues with their morals held high and their bigotry held firm.
These people were wrong.
What would Jesus do? If there is one lesson that Jesus showed the world, it was that compassion is love. Compassion towards others is the only way for imperfect beings like us to get closer to God.
Compassion, Tolerance, Love, Faith. They are ALL tied together. How dare these people cherry pick through the Bible and decide that it's their job to determine what love is. That is not the Christian Way. That is not the way of Jesus. That is not what he would have done.
Jesus was a freak. He was an outcast. He was a social leper. The people who believed in Jesus were stoned, beheaded, murdered and persecuted all over the world. Even as he was being crucified he asked God to forgive his tormentors. He left it to God's hands to judge and asked for their forgiveness. That is Compassion. That is Tolerance. That is FAITH.
It is no one's right to determine what love is. It is no one's right to take away a public declaration of love between two people. No matter their race or gender. If you think it's wrong, that's your right. If your faith tells you that it is wrong, so be it. BUT LET GOD BE THE JUDGE OF THAT.
Again, many of the same people who struggled for years for a day like Tuesday to come also just pushed back true equality for possibly another decade. These upstanding people of faith, who cried at the sight of a new day...a new world, also allowed their ignorance to spill over into their election ballots.
Today I am ashamed to know that people I grew up with, people in the community that I admire, marched down the streets of Los Angeles believing they were protecting their faith and their perception of right and wrong.
I feel sorry for them as well. I ask God for THEIR forgiveness.
I pray that people be tolerant to their ignorance. I hope that they come to the realization that there is no room for Jesus on a ballot box. He doesn't care which way you vote. What he cares about is how one shows love and compassion for others. To be a shining example of faith and tolerance to the world. To use an elect