Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Love thy neighbor...

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?

Sunday, July 1, 2012


You know, there used to be a time when neighbors knew each other.  Had cookouts together, chatted over the back fence every day, and fed half the neighborhood with each meal.  Now neighbors don't even know each other at all.  An entire town would come together to help people raise a barn, side a house, or build a deck.  It was all about community, about loving thy neighbor as thyself.  About reaching out a hand to those that needed it, without expecting a thing in return.  There wasn't the "me me me" mindset that we see so often today.
The recent healthcare reform debate has brought this mentality into sharp focus.  I cannot even tell you the number of times I have heard the phrase "Why should I have to pay for someone else?"  in the past month or so.  It's true with the healthcare reform, with taxes, with school levies.  "Why me?"  Well, why not you?  Why not reach out to those that are a little less fortunate than you, in the hopes that we can make America a better place?  Why don't more people volunteer?  Donate blood?  Vote "yes" in school levies to help with the budget?
Because the common way of thinking is "Well why should I have to do it?"  Lord knows when you yourself might need a meal provided for you, or health insurance that's guaranteed to cover your sick relative who could never afford his medication or chemotherapy or surgery or what have you without it.  People who'd literally die without insurance.  We are not promised tomorrow.  We do not know what's just around the bend, and it could just be you that needs those pints of blood.  It could be YOUR kids in a school that has to use old textbooks because yet another levy didn't pass.
The people of America need to come together.  We have heard it all our lives: "UNITED we stand, divided we FALL."  Yet so many don't live by this very simple principle.  Rich people are not guaranteed riches for life.  Insurance may run out.  You could lose your job.  Get cancer.  Need an operation.  Then you will need someone.  Perhaps many someones.  It's unfortunate that so many do not give without thinking about what they will get in return.  We need to live with a community worldview.  Your neighbor may not have the same color skin or even speak the same language, but at the end of the day we are all human beings.  We deserve to have the love and support of our fellow neighbors, even if we don't need it right at that moment.
We shouldn't have to choose between groceries and medication. 
I support the healthcare reform bill.  It's not perfect.  No bill is.  But it will help so many many people that need it the very most.  Including my two beautiful little ladies with zippers on their chests.
Complain about America all you want.  Gripe about the president, and how he has "done nothing"-a debate I will not even try to opine on  here, because it would take days.  If you don't like it here in America, well, you know how to leave.  Maybe you will find better neighbors somewhere else.  But only if you learn to be a better neighbor first.