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Aug. 2nd, 2009 @ 08:50 am "...Something Sick...About Break[ing] Into People's Bedrooms & Claim That God Sent You."
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Date:May 19th, 2010 10:23 am (UTC)
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It is an old entry, of course, but Reverend Sharpton's words are as relevant today as they were the day he spoke them.

Thank YOU for letting me know that this post lifted you a little. I post things like this because I can't believe how ugly we can be to one another sometimes, and because I never cease to be amazed at all the hurts people will inflict in their creator's name. Ultimately, though, I think it's a way for me to release a little righteous indignation.

I also know that there are many, many good hearts out there in the world: hearts that hurt for those who only know the back of the hand of the people who should be the human representation of God's heart; people who also know the same righteous indignation that I feel as a gay Christian, when imperfect human beings begin attaching selective exclusionary codicils to God's unconditional love. They delight, it seems, in slaying people like us with their mean-spirited small print.

I used to take these people at their word, and it caused me a world of hurt & self-hatred...back in the days before I came to understand the difference between God & those who proudly (yet erroneously) claim to speak for God. I finally understand that since I unwittingly gave them the power to batter & bruise my heart & my soul with their faux gospel, that I could also revoke that power, which is what I've done.

It's kinda like that scene from The Wizard of Oz when Glinda, The Good Witch of the North, told the Wicked Witch of the West to begone because she had no power here. :-)