I am a baptized Catholic. I believe in God, and pray to Him frequently. I think God and I have gotten to a much better place in the past few years, even though my faith has been shaken more than once.
But does being a Catholic mean I have to be judgmental? I don't think so.
You see, I am a gay rights/gay marriage supporter. There are several people in my life that I love who are gay, and they are wonderful people who just want to be able to have a committed relationship in the eyes of the law. For their children to be able to say "YES, my parents are married."
It's a big deal.
I know this could potentially cause debates, and quite possibly make people feel resentful of me, but guess what? My blog, my thoughts. And I could honestly care less what others say on this subject, cause to me no matter what people say to try to convince me otherwise, I will stay true to what I believe.
Jesus died for ALL of us. He loves ALL of us. Heterosexual or homosexual, the Lord made you that way. Period. He also gave us the ability to think. To make choices. Hate is a choice. Judgment? Also a choice. Who you love? Not so much. (If you could choose who you did or didn't have feelings for, we would all have a lot less baggage. I mean, c'mon, who hasn't loved the totally wrong person at some point in their life?)
I hope to raise my children within an environment of love and acceptance. I think the most important lesson that I could ever teach them is to love one another. To be blind to color, religion, sexual preference, or what the world says your IQ is. Why do we all have to be classified into little groups like Lego sets? Together, we can be a stronger world. But we have to do it as one.
I'm not naive. I know that the citizens of Earth (or even just America, for that matter) will never join hands and be unified-that whole "We Are The World" mentality just isn't gonna happen. In my house, though, we will be about love. Jesus said "Come as you are" and that's what it's about in my home.
Who am I to pass judgment? To me, that's a direct insult to the work of the Lord. He made us all in just the way He wanted-and I, personally, am not about to say "You know what? You're wrong. This guy (or girl)? Not worthy of my love. Or yours."
God's welcome mat is always out. Why shouldn't mine be, too?