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Letter: Leave the judging to God

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Posted: Thursday, May 22, 2014 12:00 am

Oh where to begin — so many letters to the editor over the last few weeks about those bullies, you know, the LBGT community. They are trying to bulldoze their way right over everyone! It needs to stop, or at least that’s what Pastor Frank Nolton might preach to you if you are so inclined to attend his church.

All this “whining” (yes Pastor Nolton I used your phrase) and judging by religious holy rulers is what leaves me with such distaste for religion. The God I believe in loves both heterosexuals and homosexuals alike.

In fact, you’d be hard pressed to find homosexuality in the Bible as a sin. Can you believe it’s not mentioned in the 10 Commandments? I suppose taking the few 6 or 7 lines out of the bible while disregarding the context and historical era in which they were written, one could make a feeble argument against homosexuality and same sex marriage.

We need to shift our focus away from judging other people and follow in the footsteps of Jesus. Jesus had a very clear message throughout the Bible, which is to love. The two most important commandments as instructed in the Bible, by Jesus, are “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.”

The second is this, “Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.”

Jesus’ message of love is unquestionable. If you want to see for yourself, read a red letter edition of the Bible, which has all his words printed in red. And before condemning person of the LBGT community, ask yourself, what would Jesus do? I choose to follow Jesus. I will love my neighbor even if it’s someone I don’t see eye to eye with, such as Pastor Frank Nolton, Ron Portal, Barbara Boynton or Peter Stearns. May you have courage to do the same and leave the judging to God, whom I might add, is a loving God.

Anne Rogers

Lodi

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