I have seen countless testimonials and heard people complaining about how being homosexual has been hard for them, how some christians judge them and pronounce words of hate against them , and how their lives have been tough… We only hear about them, right? Well I am christian, I am not homofobic, that is not what the bible teaches, but I can tell they are not the only ones suffering from bullying or discrimination and here is what it means to be christian…
Being christian and profess God is not an easy path. Personally, I have been christian my whole life, born and raised in a christian family and it has not been easy for me. Now, as an adult, I still follow God and love Him because of what He means to me, but people don’t normally understand that. I have come across countless experiences, increasing lately, about how we christians are haters and how we are intolerant, but the same that say that, also make fun of my beliefs, they claim I have an “imaginary friend”, make fun of the Bible’s stories, they make fun of parts of the Bible they have not even read completely and draw conclusions without knowledge. They claim we are the intolerant but they are intolerant towards what we believe.
Growing up in a world where not drinking alcohol is considered an insult, not wanting to have sexual intercourse (because you want to keep God’s commandments) being like a joke not only to teenagers but grown ups as well, having boys not wanting to date you not because you are not pretty or enough but because they know you will not let them go to third base… Reading posts about how christians are retrograde, outdated, boring, delusional, and many more insults… Being considered a mentally ill person because of your religious choice IS an insult. Just because someone cannot see God and cannot understand me for believing in Him, it does not give them the right to make fun of me, or reject me, or make me feel bad about it. Being a christian was not, and it is still not easy, because adding to that, now we are being treated as intolerant towards other sexual orientations different from “straight” (yes, I know that term is not the best, but is the one everybody understands).
I am not trying to see who suffers the most, this is not a competition, it’s only an eye opening post about how we judge others no matter their sexual orientation, religion, race, or any other characteristic, and that it does not matter in which “side” you are, discrimination is always wrong, and it damages us all. Hatred has to stop, in every direction.
Ignorance is expressed at its most when we make fun of things we don’t understand.