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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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5 comments:

  • Rick Houdack posted at 8:03 pm on Sat, May 24, 2014.

    Rick Houdack Posts: 173

    Brian, if I thought you could, I would ask you to explain your comment.
    But I have my doubts.

     
  • Brian Dockter posted at 6:44 pm on Fri, May 23, 2014.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2839

    Rick, Take a hike. You're wayyyyyyy off base!

     
  • Rick Houdack posted at 6:35 pm on Thu, May 22, 2014.

    Rick Houdack Posts: 173

    Anybody ever notice when the wishes of a hateful, vengeful god are put before you, it's always Jerome Kinderman doing the talking? Why do you think that is?

     
  • Jerome Kinderman posted at 11:22 am on Thu, May 22, 2014.

    Jerome R Kinderman Posts: 2357

    I wonder precisely what Ms. Rogers means where she states that God is a loving God. Considering there are quite a few definitions for the word "loving" and "love," which one is she referring to?

     
  • Jerome Kinderman posted at 10:44 am on Thu, May 22, 2014.

    Jerome R Kinderman Posts: 2357

    Yes indeed - what would Jesus do? Remember the story of the group who were about to judge a woman for committing adultery? When the Pharisees turned to Christ and asked Him what would He do in this case they were doing so in an attempt to trap Jesus, so that they could bring charges against Him. His answer was plain and simple: "Whoever among you is guiltless may be the first to throw a stone at her." Well, no one threw the stone because they ALL realized that they were sinners to one degree or another. (John 8.)

    Here is where most stop reading because they believe this is the only point Christ was attempting to make. But He goes on: He asks the woman where everyone went; did anyone condemn her? She replied that no one was left to find guilt in her. But here is where Jesus balances things out. He says to her: "I do not condemn you either. Go and from now on do not sin any more." (Ibid.)

    That last phrase to the woman is quite revealing. One might have thought that adultery wasn't enough of a crime to die for. In fact, there are those even today who believe that adultery is simply the way of the world - that it's no big deal. President Clinton paved the way because well, it was just about sex. But that's not how God looks at sin. ALL sins are an affront to Him; He cannot be in the presence of it. Christ forgave her, but He admonished her to at the very least attempt to live as sinless a life as possible. As human beings we ALL sin - there are none sinless.

    Now as far as homosexuality is concerned, the Bible is clear in both the Old and New Testaments. Just as Jesus found adultery to be a sin, so is committing homosexual acts. Genesis and Matthew both address the issue of homosexuality; the latter from Christ Himself.

    Yes, it is true that we are to love others as much as we love ourselves. But the other Commandment from God isn't a suggestion either: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength." And how does God expect us to show our love for Him? Simple - He expects us to obey Him; in both the Old and New Testaments it is made quite clear that what God wants is full obedience.

    As a Christian I believe that the institution of marriage is from God - it says so in Genesis. "God created humankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them, male and female he created them." (Genesis 1:27.)

    I really don't understand the problem - for those who don't believe in God, then why not just live your lives as you see fit. Society is moving toward a more liberal/progressive philosophy. I just believe as it moves toward what that offers, it moves further away from the God I believe in. Nothing anyone says or does will ever get me to move away from Him.

     

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