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Love, With No Questions Asked
Just like pets who love us unconditionally and without judgment, I feel
that God's Love is exactly like that multiplied: God does not judge things
that are not hurtful of others. God does not judge me based on my sexuality
or sexual orientation, or the fact that I am bisexual with a female and
a male partner.
of the great mysteries of life is that although we can take precautions
and live as thoughtfully and as carefully as we can, with purpose, we
never know for certain when we will cross into what awaits beyond this
life. What we can know, is in this very moment we are in life as we know
it, and we never know at what moment we will pass on; I see Jesus saying
in His teachings, to value and cherish each moment of this part of our
existence, as well.
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Let it Begin with Me
"Let there be peace on earth, and let
it begin with me."
ends one of my very favorite hymns, one that quite frequently is the closing
hymn at the church I belong to; right before the closing prayer, when
everyone joins hands for one last hymn. For a parting thought, I feel
that this is a great one to leave everyone with at the end of a service,
as they go out into the world, spiritually energized and prepared for
another week. It is also a hymn that speaks of what I feel is part of
the core of what Jesus really meant when he told us of a better way to
live-and that is, being vessels through which God's Love can be shown
to the world not only through loving actions of charity and kindness,
but also by being catalysts for peace. It is a thought that I feel is
not expressed often enough in many Christian circles; while we constantly
hear the advice of love thy neighbor, turning the other cheek and forgiving,
and being not afraid, aside from the portion of the Beatitudes that states,
"Blessed are the peacemakers," we rarely hear the thought of "Go forth
and promote peace." Yet I feel that it should be expressed more, and especially
given these times.
As individuals, the idea of promoting peace may at times seem very idealistic
(more on that later), given all the conflict in the world today. But it
is not the gargantuan task many might think it to be, at least in my eyes.
I feel that fostering a climate of peace does not require attending protests
of war, of writing a thousand letters to the government, nor anything
else drastic or on a grand scale. No, I would like to propose that it
starts with the individual; in developing a sense of inner peace, of oneness
with God, in peaceful dealings with one another, and clearing out conflict
which creates the opposite of peace.
Before I talk about peace, perhaps I should mention a few thoughts on
its opposite: War. I would define war in the way many others have defined
it, aside from the traditionally accepted, catch all definition of "conflict."
Three words: War is hell. Considering that I define "hell" as: "the illusion
of separation from God, the illusion that we have lost or can somehow
lose God's Love, and the false perception that we are somehow divided
from God," I think it fits the bill somewhat. Considering that in order
to have "war" then there must be some form of conflict between two sides,
with one the victor, "division" is a key factor in the equation. Since
separation and division are vital to war's existence, and I feel that
separation and a need for conflict can only exist if one is suffering
from the illusion of being separate from God's Love, which is hell to
me, then war would be one of the worst forms of hell.
War. What comes to your mind when you hear that word? I can only speak
for myself, but that word has never in my mind been associated with anything
remotely good. In its most benign form it means to me "conflict" or "violent
exercise in futility and waste of human lives" (which, comes to think
of it, aren't very positive either) and at its worst, the death of hope
for peace. Yet in recent months, I have witnessed so many people, who
proclaim loudly and boldly to be Christians, that God loves war, that
going to war is a "Christian" thing to do, and even some who claim that
God is their general, leading them into war against "the other side"-against
people who do not subscribe to their understanding of God. Yet in everything
I know about God in my own life and understanding, nothing could be further
from the truth. I guess that would put me behind enemy lines, in their
eyes. Honestly, if believing in a God of Love rather than a God of war
and a God to be feared puts me behind enemy lines, I would rather be there.
Being Christian in Difficult Times
I found the recent months during the war with Iraq to be difficult times
to be an American, and at times, to be a Christian. Even when war may
seem justified to many, it is heartbreaking enough for those of us who
would rather see a peaceful solution. While I realize that sometimes it
is a part of life and necessary, I truly feel that all other possibilities
for resolution should be tried and ruled out.
All one needs is a quick browse at some of the internet boards and chats
to see what it can be like "in the trenches," so to speak. The message
being sent by a large majority of people was, "If you do not support this
war blindly, and without question, then you are neither American nor Christian."
At the worst, for not supporting the war, I got called a "liberal, tree-hugging,
idealistic, Godless, hippie, queer" by many ěgood TRUE Christiansî who
were ěREAL Americans."
Let me pick that apart, as they were right on all but one definition:
Liberal? Sure. I'm too liberal for most liberals. If "tree-hugging" is
their code word for one who cherishes the beauty of the world and the
natural surroundings God Created for everyone to enjoy, to utilize but
to care for, and who seeks to preserve natural beauty in the process and
care for the environment, then I will accept that. "Hippie" ‚ well, if
being a man with long hair counts and being pro-peace, sure. As far as
the "queer" reference, well, they're right there in that I am bisexual,
I am in touch with both my feminine and masculine sides, and I am in an
honest relationship with both a woman and a man, and I am at peace with
God, and myself on all of the above, and that's queer to most people,
and I am glad and grateful to be queer. (Although, I think that these
peoples' definition of "queer," however, could be easily spelled out as
"any man who is not one hundred percent, macho, male-dominated society
loving, completely heterosexual and homophobic!")
Then there is the term, "idealistic." So maybe I am an "idealist," with
all this talk of peace instead of the need to be "right." Then again,
a lot of people, mostly some atheists I have known who hate anyone who
believes in God or who is a Christian, say that I am an "idealist" for
believing that there is a God, and that the teachings of Jesus about love,
kindness, forgiveness, compassion and charity could actually create the
reality of "Heaven" on Earth if everyone were to consider them seriously
and truly practice them rather than talking about them. And I am happy
to be called an idealist for that.
But Godless? There is where I disagree. The God I love and believe in
does not want war, but rather for all of Creation to get along the best
But it was not just the "mainstream" boards where I was ripped to shreds
for not blindly supporting the most recent war. One of the most profound
"rebukes" I got was on a board where I thought everyone would be a little
more open minded about listening to other points of view. It was a board
for polyamorous bisexuals in open marriages and relationships; some are
Christians, some are of other religions, some are of no religious belief
but different topics get discussed. I am one of the few who is open to
talking about my beliefs there in conversations. Just recently the talk
got political, as war with Iraq was imminent.
One person posted a bit of anti-war humor, with the allegation that the
war was about oil and nothing more. I agreed that I thought it was both
tragic, and amusing. Then a bisexual woman in the military began to call
us "un-American" and that if we did not like it, to leave the country.
I calmly stated that I did not feel that there was enough solid evidence
to justify "pre-emptive" war, that there might be some other peaceful
alternative and I said that I felt that it was not good to not ask some
questions about why the country was getting involved in this effort. I
also actually dared to suggest it was wrong to blindly support the war
just because the President said so. You would have thought I had posted
a link to Focus on the Family or Dr. Laura's latest tirade against the
LGBT Community, as this person and many viciously attacked me. One person
said that "God is guiding this nation into this war." Somewhere along
the conversation, it was revealed that one of the people who was so aggressively
pro war was also full of internalized self hatred; along with their belief
system of "God supporting the war," they also were sure that their "lifestyle"
was "a sin but they were forgiven for it." I instantly felt that these
inner conflicts were very telling about their current views and need to
create an enemy outside to be defeated.
The Danger of Literalism
It's a common thing I have noticed: many of those who have the belief
in a literalistic understanding of Scripture and who are of the view that
there is only "black and white, straight or gay, for or against" -- whether
they are doing so willingly or totally out of fear -- are those who seem
the quickest to anger, the ones seeking out conflict with others, and
supportive of movements which pit one "side" over the other, yet in the
reality I know, to put people on "sides" defeats the entire purpose of
God. In my experience, once you put yourself as better than another and
then seek to push them into surrender or conformity or destruction that
is when the real problems begin. As soon as we try to play God and deem
and appoint ourselves as "better" than someone else, that is what gives
birth to conflict. Just look at all the wars fought in the futile game
of "Whose God is better, anyway?" I have to admit that when Mr. Falwell
and Mr. Robertson, in the shadow of the tragedy of 9/11/2001 spoke out
against the "religious fundamentalist extremism" and then turned around
and practiced a different form of their on extremism here at home, blaming
LGBT people and feminists for the attack, I found it tragically ironic.
It was no great surprise to me then that the most and only vehemently
avid supporters of the war efforts were those with a very legalistic,
divisive and literalistic understanding of God and the Bible. I noticed
that it was predominantly the denominations which are known for subscription
and required adherence to a very rigid, black and white, fundamentalist
doctrine which were the most supportive of the war effort against Iraq.
Whereas the majority of Christian denominations, from the most conservative
Catholics to moderate Lutheran and Presbyterians to liberal Episcopalian,
American Baptist, and United Church Of Christ parishioners and clergy
were opposed to the war. (One of the most interesting factors to me was
that the United Methodist Church, the denomination which the man who was
calling for the war and who seemed to feel as if God supported this decision
belongs to, was against the war!) Only the die hard fundamentalist denominations
with the most rigid black and white understanding of the Bible and God
seemed in full support of the war and so harshly condemning of anyone
who was not.
And interestingly enough, those who were trying to win "converts" over
to support the war did so in the same way they attempt to gain converts
to their religious beliefs, by utilizing fear tactics. Was I the only
one who saw the similarity in, "the devil will get you if you don't repent
and join our church" and "the terrorists will get you if you don't support
this war completely?" Or the similarity in "surrender your old beliefs
and your identity or you will perish in Armageddon, believe as we say
and you are protected from hell" and "surrender your privacy and basic
civil rights and we will protect you and keep you safe from the terrorists."
Or the similarity between "if you are not of our church you are for the
devil" and "if you are not for the war you are a terrorist" or "if you
donít believe every word of the Bible then you believe none of it" and
"if you don't like the war, leave America" and most of all, just how fear
was used as a motivator.
This makes sense to me, in that this form and fashion of belief system
-- that of good versus evil, God versus the devil, "us" versus "them"
is in my opinion, very much rooted in fear and not love. Fear to me is
the real "devil." When we fear, our perception of God becomes distorted,
monstrous and terrifying, and often our actions are based in fear, which
is the root of all actions which are hurtful and destructive to others.
A distorted perception of God gives rise to fear which can lead to "war"
-- be it on a very small or internal or interpersonal scale, or on a global
scale. Fear and war further distort our understanding of God. Quite often,
time and again, I have seen that one's personal perception and understanding
of God highly influences a persons' behavior and how they treat others
based on trying to emulate that God, a God of wrath and terror instead
of the Loving God Jesus embodied.
Jesus on War and Peace
I do not feel that this would be complete without a discussion of a couple
of key points in the Bible and Jesus teachings on war and peace.
Prior to the war that took place recently, I actually heard those defending
the war with a kind of seeming bloodlust and heard someone mention the
Biblical quote in Matthew 10 of Jesus saying "I come not to bring peace
but a sword" arguing that Jesus wanted us to "fight" for what is right.
This to me is another tragic example of the kind of climate that rigid
Biblical literalism will create. Yet, I countered with the thought that
in the conversation we were having his insisting that God was his general
and they were at war with me for being who I am and believing in what
I do and I was on the side of the enemy, and me offering that I had a
different understanding of what God was all about through my understanding
of the teachings of Jesus. In a way, it was a war in miniature. He was
at war to preserve his beliefs about God, and I was defending the beliefs
that I had embraced. However, nothing I said could convince him that there
was room for both his beliefs and way he chose to live his life according
to them and for me to do the same thing. I was struck by the fact that
I had gained a better understanding of the verse attributed to Jesus in
think that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come
to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his
father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against
her mother-in-law, and one's foes will be members of one's own household."
think that what I encountered was exactly what Jesus meant. I think this
teaching was His way of saying, "Hey, the new way I am going to teach
this idea of Love and respect for one another as opposed to all these
religious laws and especially this respect for diversity and human equality
thing may go against everything you were taught or think that you know
about God. Embracing a way that is against the tradition, against the
establishment, may cause tension and conflict in the family and in society.
Not everyone is going to like this way of thinking, and there may be some
conflicts and family ties affected until there is understanding."
Knowing what I do of Jesus, I cannot imagine that He would desire for
any of God's Children to fight and kill each other, after all, in the
Beatitudes, He is very clear when He says, "Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God" (Matthew 5:9). As is common with
many of His parables, I think that the "sword" was a metaphor for the
conflict that the new teachings emphasizing Love over Law were going to
create conflict for those set in their old way of thinking. Spiritual
growth, and evolution are often a struggle and a difficult process, there
are always some growing pains.
And how many of us may have found this to be the case in life? When we
discovered that being LGBT and Christian were not irreconcilable, how
many LGBT brothers and sisters were shocked that we could identify ourselves
as "Christian" after all the abuse that a small minority of fundamentalist
and conservative Christians have hurled at the LGBT Community to the point
that to many LGBT people anything "Christian" equals homophobic?" And
how many of our own families were shocked and angry when we decided that
we were going to reconcile being LGBT and Christian, and embrace the fact
that God Loves us just the way we are, that Jesus embraces us? Or our
own internal adjustment processes of reconciling our spirituality and
sexuality can be a war among itself within at first, until we embrace
the joy of it? Again, spiritual evolution and growth is not always easy
and I believe that Jesus knew in advance that this would be the case --
to the point that the establishment of the time would declare war against
him for his pacifist teachings and have him tried and executed.
Spiritual growth and evolution can also be seen very clearly, and in my
opinion, a very emotionally moving way in another book where war and God
come into play, the Psalms. I attended a Bible study once where the daily
reading was one Psalm, and then chapters of Matthew, with discussions
during the readings. After each Psalm, we went around and discussed what
we thought the Psalmist was trying to say. There were some interesting
responses, and nearly everyone could relate in at least some metaphorical
way. On the surface level, I think that the Psalms are an excellent reflection
of people seeking to understand the nature of God, yet they hold to me
such a deep philosophical and metaphorical power as well.
Reading them I can see people struggling with situations in life, oppression,
self-worth, needing a sense of Oneness with God. Psalm 139 is one of the
many I can relate to on some level, as with Psalms 121, 131, 71, 18, 111
and 42. Some are meditations I have gone to when feeling persecuted by
others, others have just helped me through difficult times. Yet, the culture
of the time and war figures into many of the Psalms as well: just have
a look at Psalms 83, 108, 110, 129, 144, 143, 68, 35 and others, with
prayers for God to crush the enemy of the writer. Contrast those with
Psalm 133 seems to be a Psalm in praise of peaceful times. Psalm 13 seems
to be speaking of questioning one's faith and feeling forsaken and persecuted
by one's "enemies." Psalms illustrates on of the facts of life. There
are some difficult questions with vague or no answers and emotions to
deal with along the way many opinions and points of view and ways of dealing
with them are represented. One's mindset so often determines what one
sees. I see more hope in Psalms than anything. Yet others see certain
verses as "God encouraging war" and hopelessness.
What's so Funny 'bout Peace, Love and Understanding?
I wanted to reflect a bit on why I think that some may be more prone to
thoughts of war, retaliations and revenge over seeking peaceful resolution,
and I think some of it might go back to the idea that some do not want
to acknowledge the fact that we, as human beings are given a tremendous
amount of responsibility with all of the joys and freedoms God has blessed
us with, and some shudder at that thought of responsibility, as they do
not want to acknowledge that we as human beings are just as capable of
committing terrible, horrible actions as well as ones of unparalleled
beauty and love. We are given the ability to destroy life as well as create
it. The same individuals are capable of both good and evil acts. Enter
the need for an "other," an "enemy."
While I do, as I have stated before consider the concept of the "devil"
in the Bible to represent our own fear, and the hell our fears can create
which God's Love can "save" us from, the definition of the word "satan"
is "adversary." I see the devil that many Christians believe in not as
a "person" or an "entity" but rather as a symbol created to escape a sense
of accountability and personal responsibility from one's personal choices
to act out of love, trust and faith in God or act out of fear; an icon
to blame, to represent the parts within ourselves we don't like. The establishment
of an outside "enemy" is to me a way of escaping, of absolving oneself
from accountability or doing the right thing, for escape from personal
responsibility as a steward of creation. We want to see ourselves as perfect
in that we would never err or allow our emotions or fears to get the best
of us, even though God knows and Jesus knew and the biblical writers knew
that no one is blameless or perfect, and sometimes we don't do the right
Even if we like or love the person God made us to be, we don't always
respond to life "perfectly" and often times, rather than forgiving ourselves
and setting things right, we need someone or something to "blame," absolve
oneself of responsibility for these actions. The definition of "devil"
or "evil" could quite realistically be seen as "adversary" if it represents
the temptation in ourselves to succumb to fear, an elitist competitive
nature, or the nature human beings can possess to allow ourselves to put
love second in our dealings with others at times when we are overcome
by the pressures of life and our own fears, lending new meaning to the
old saying, "we have seen the enemy and he is us!"
In these efforts, the theology of an "other" -- an "enemy" was born, and
it still exists in much of Christianity today, both the liberal/progressive
and moderate LGBT friendly, and those who consider the LGBT community
as part of the "other" and among the groups to "blame" for the ills the
world sometimes faces. But does this help to foster a more peaceful society,
or does it create a barrier? I feel that the latter is the case more often
than the former.
First of all, when a belief system is set up that divides everything into
rigid and inflexible standards of "black/white," "good/bad," "male/female,"
"straight/gay," "for/against" or whatever form of strict absolutist "you
are or you aren't" thinking, it naturally sets the stage for conflict
to brew. Naturally what follows is the development of an "enemy," "other"
or "devil" or a group to be reviled as "against God," or "against the
This imperative for an "other" is how an "enemy" is created, among other
reasons previously mentioned such as not acknowledging one's own frailty
as a human being, to represent superiority, and also to appeal to a very
base and competitive side of human nature. Expressed in a healthy form,
it might come in the form of competitive creative efforts, entering contests
of skill, or even team sports (although, I have seen some sports appeal
to an angry and violent aspect of human nature at times, when it becomes
less like friendly competition and challenge and more like war and elitism).
But in an unhealthy form, it becomes the drive to eliminate and obliterate
the "other" to "prove" oneself. At it's very worst form, it becomes a
lust for victory or blood that has little or no concern for others. While
I feel that certain types of "lust" may not all be bad -- the lust for
life, to cherish all of the good things in life, is fine, so long as such
a desire is carried out in a fashion which is not detrimental or hurtful
to those around us, or irresponsibly. Lust that comes with sexual desire
when acted on properly and with love and respect for others is fine. But
I am speaking of a very different and a much darker form of "lust" --
the kind of lust known as "bloodlust" -- not literally, but the lust to
oppress others, to be in control of others, to be "right," the "victor"
These are some of the problems that can often accompany a rigid fundamentalist
theological view, the same type of view that segregates into "gay" and
"straight," "good" and "evil," "Godly" and "sinners" in their eyes. It
facilitates self loathing and sometimes war is a cause to rally around
to let out some of that hate. I think this also goes back to the theory
that, the kind of God you believe in, your perception of God can affect
personality and the way you deal with others. Hence, if one embraces the
idea of an angry God of war, sometimes one embodies that sentiment in
real life. Often I have seen demonstrations of hate against LGBT and homophobia
that are direct reflections of this. Since they think God hates the people
they hate, it is a natural progression for them to do the same. Along
the same line of thinking, this can translate to, since they think God
is a God of war, they feel justified in waging war. War is one of the
many by products of fundamentalist thought in some cases, borne mostly
of the need to ostracize those who will not conform or cooperate.
War, whether it is small isolated conflicts or physical or cultural wars
on a global scale, is one of the many difficulties and tragic consequences
which that accompanies a black and white absolutist world view. But it
is far from just conservative and fundamentalist Christians who hold this
view. It can be anyone who insists that their belief is the only correct
belief and that all others are inferior. I think that when we start putting
ourselves above others and deeming them inferior, making ourselves "better"
than others, this type of conflict can take place regardless of the types
of people involved. I have had atheists tell me that they are better because
I am "deluded and weak" for being a Christian, non-Christian hetero and
homosexuals tell me they are better because I am bisexual, and a few bisexuals
say they are better than me because they are in a one partner relationship
and monogamous and that I am inferior for being with two partners. Yet,
in all of these cases, I have not attempted to indicate that I am in any
way "better" than them for believing as I do, being who I am, or choosing
to live as I choose. They may not understand me, nor should they have
to. I have seen all kinds of people put one group down as "inferior" and
then making them the "enemy," yet the truth is that in my understanding
of God, there is room for all of us and the entire rainbow of diversity,
God loves us all and just wants us to try and get along, as children of
the same God, all equally Loved with an Unconditional Love.
What Side is God on?
There is also the game that many of those of us who are LGBT and Christian
find ourselves entangled in with other Christians who boldly claim that
one cannot be LGBT and Christian: the old game of, "Whose God is the real
God, anyway, and which side is God on?" It is a microcosm of the wars
fought in the name of religion, such as the Catholic versus Protestant.
Yet, I believe to feel this way, to feel that one interpretation of God
is "correct" and that the other is "false" and that God takes "sides"
and supports one side in "war" against the other, is defeating the entire
purpose of what God, or at least the God that Jesus points to, is really
and truly all about.
And, there are some in the LGBT Community who grew up in an oppressive
form of Christianity, and after they come out as adults, some choose to
make the Christian religion into the "enemy" -- throwing the baby out
with the bath water instead of seeking reconciliation. Instead of finding
the good, seeking a constructive way, they choose to destroy. This too
is out of fear; a fear that comes form having it drilled into their minds
that when they chose to embrace their true sexual orientation and sexuality,
they were "no longer in God's favor" -- and no longer on "God's side."
I would like to propose that God is not on "this side" or "that side"
but rather on ALL SIDES and all points in between; the only "side" which
I feel God would take is the side of Love. I feel that when we would choose
to abandon peace, Jesus would look on and weep and God would drive us
to search for another way if at all possible. To me, the entire "for us
or against us" mentality is the opposite of what God truly is. God is
in all things, in all the details, on all sides, and if we trust and follow
our hearts, I believe we can find a way to make it work. Life is not always
so neat, black and white, and although that is scary, Jesus says just
trust in God and in Love.
I do not believe that we are all prone to conflict, or anger or things
other than peace but that we are all intrinsically good, however, life
IS difficult, and sometimes we DO act in error, and when we do, I feel
that God will help us to find a way to pick up the pieces and try again,
with love. If we attempt to blame someone else, or create an enemy, and
then ask for God's "favor" then are we not attempting to play an image
of God, who decides who is in and who is out? I feel that those who go
to war -- be it Muslims versus Christians, Catholics versus Protestants,
or the Religious Right versus the LGBT Community -- in the name of God,
they are opting for their own private God who oppresses, kills, tortures,
wipes out the people they don't like personally or consider themselves
above instead of the Universal God of Love Jesus taught of, Who does not
think in "black and white" or "who is better" thought processes as some
of us do. To me it totally defeats the purpose.
To me peace is a simple equation: Peace with oneself and with God equals
oneness with God equals Heaven within equals inner peace. (Whereas war
is a similar equation: Inner conflict equals frustration equals tension
and negativity equals fear equals war and conflict.) And inner peace can
lead to outer peace, and peace in the world around us. And it starts one
person at a time -- a little at a time. Asking the questions, if God is
in everything, and God is Love, how can anyone truly be an "enemy?" How
can we, as individuals, make the world a more peaceful place through what
we demonstrate in our own lives? And what is more important: being "right"
or doing the right thing? Forgiveness heals. Love soothes old wounds.
Clinging to anger creates tension and internal conflict; letting it go
and growing from the experience is a win-win situation.
Being an Idealist
So maybe I am an "idealist," with all this talk of peace instead of the
need to be "right." Then again, as I said earlier, a lot of people say
that I am an "idealist" for believing that there is a God, and that the
teachings of Jesus about love, kindness, forgiveness, compassion and charity
could actually work to create the reality of "Heaven" on Earth if everyone
were to consider them seriously and truly practice them rather than talking
about them, and walking the path of Love Jesus walked instead of debating
There is an old story that I like about a beach where every so often,
a huge tide would wash thousands and thousands of starfish up on a beach,
where they would be stranded and many would die if they were not returned
to the water. A man was walking down the beach, and he saw another man
picking up the starfish and throwing them back in the water one at a time.
He asked the man throwing the starfish what he was doing and the man replied,
"I'm saving the lives of these starfish, if they don't get thrown back
in the water they will die." The man said, "That's crazy, there's thousands
of them here, and one of you. You can't make any difference. Just let
it go." The man picked up another starfish and threw it into the ocean
and turned to the man questioning him and said, "Made a difference to
that one, didn't I?"
And so it goes that we as individuals may not single-handedly be able
to keep wars from happening or create the elusive and oft hoped, wished
and prayed for goal world peace on our own. But rather than focusing on
what it is we cannot do, I feel it is better to focus on what it is that
As LGBT Christians, I feel that it is to radiate a sense of inner peace
and a sense of the peace we have found with God through Jesus first to
others around us, as more often than not, that type of thing is wonderfully
contagious. God is Love, and I feel we are all made to be conduits for
that Love to radiate to the world, regardless of who we are, our place
in life, our race, gender, theology, sexuality, sexual orientation, anything;
"us" and "them" are categories that we, not God, create. Focusing on love
may seem idealistic, but it does assist in creating a climate of peace.
So clear out the fear and the conflicts which create the opposite of peace;
no one has t be "better" than anyone, as we are all unique creations.
Make your peace with God, if you have not already. God loves you unconditionally
as you are and there is a purpose and meaning to your life; to give the
gift of Love God gave you to others in your own unique way. Let that bring
you peace with yourself, and oneness with God, and I think you will find
that that leads to peaceful dealings with one another in your life. Just
as Jesus led by an example of Love and His peaceful ways, we too can do
the same and spread the way of peace a little at a time. No one person
can save the world, but many people can together. God can save the world,
but we have to do the work by letting God flow through us and cultivating
peace, first from within and then letting it flow from us to others.
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