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“…He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone…”-John 8:7 (KJV)



I just got off the phone with an old friend of mine. After reading his status messages on Facebook over the past couple of days, I inexplicably became compelled to call him.


He had boldly made an announcement to the world: He’s gay. I found it quite bold of him to come out because he is also a very faithful Christian who attends my church in my hometown. Christians tend to give gays (as well as other groups, such as Goths and emos) a hard time because of Leviticus 18:22 or whatever corresponding scripture that says something is wrong to do or to be. I used to be one of those Christians. That ended when my grandma pointed out something very important that I couldn’t believe I, among so many others, had missed: Nowhere in the Bible does it say that homosexuality, dressing all in black and chains, or showing intense sadness, or what have you is an unforgivable sin. So even if you consider homosexuality, Goths, emos, etcetera, etcetera is a sin, those who have done such things can still ask for God’s forgiveness and receive it.


I’m not a proponent of homosexuality, but I also don’t see a reason to be an outspoken opponent of it. I don’t consider it to be a matter of ‘right’ or ‘wrong’. I believe that there is a genetic and/or neurological circumstance that makes gay people gay. It’s no more their fault than being born autistic is an autistic person’s fault. Why place blame when there isn’t a place to put it?


I gave my friend a pep talk even though he’s a strong person. I just inexplicably felt compelled to do it. I told him to be himself and not let anyone bring him down for it. He’s free to be his own person, as are all other American citizens and everyone on Earth should be. And if he wasn’t himself, then who could he be? Who has the right to beat someone down for being themselves when everyone is unique and imperfect in the first place?


Let he who is without sin cast the first stone. I am not that person. I’ve done countless things throughout my life that have made me far more worthy of having stones thrown at me than for me to throw a stone at someone else, who inevitably would be a sinner no higher or lower, no better or worse than me. There are people in this world who are better than me, holier than me, smarter than me, more pure than me. Nothing gives me the right to throw the dirt-encrusted rock that will stain another sinner’s shirt. Everything warrants me to be the bleach that washes away the dirt on my shirt and other people’s shirts.


Throw a filthy rock at someone, and they will never trust you. Be the bleach, and they will want you to teach them. And I bet they’ll return the favor, too.

-Aubri, a. k. a. ArsPoet2789ica
4/10/09

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"Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not."-Jeremiah 33:3, King James Version

"Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path."-Psalm 119:105, New Living Translation

The present and future are not about who you were in the past-rather, they are about who you are and who you will become.

"Writing is truly glorious in that an author can put on paper the words that fear denies the voice to speak."-from my short story, "Set Free"

"...What you feel is what you are;
What you are is beautiful..."
-from "Slide" by the Goo Goo Dolls

Life surprises you! And I'm talking about the good stuff, because a bad surprise is not a surprise at all, it is just shock and horror. All of these good surprises, they are rewards, and the things that happen to remind you that you matter and that you should make yourself faithful so that you can be deserving of all of life's good surprises. Every wonderful surprise in life is a chance to flourish, so grab life by the horns-but don't ride, steer instead: life's horns are life's joystick. You can handle it, because your life's horns are made especially for you. If you don't give up, all of this will hold true and life will continue to surprise you.

Aubri, a. k. a. "Leopard Lady"


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The following comments are for "Who can throw a stone?"
by ArsPoet2789ica

the man's got stones
What seems bewildering to me is why this person would continue to be affiliated with Christianity knowing that it's faithful generally believe he is doomed to hell for simply being the way he is.

( Posted by: slackjaw [Member] On: April 10, 2009 )

Bravo Aubri!
Bravo Aubri...I think this is the best piece you've ever written here on Lit!

As a devout Catholic myself, I echo your words whole hardedly... Being gay IS a MEDICAL...not an aberration of social choice and I can't understand...for the life of me...especially since it's been around since time immemorial, that more scientific reseach hasn't been devoted to it. I've never felt the need to explore it in depth...but I do know the greeks were quite happily engaging in it! In these enlightened times...if not...why not...and why not NOW!

Another good one Aubri!

Bea

( Posted by: Beatrice Boyle [Member] On: April 11, 2009 )

acrucesalus
Come, let us reason together.

Aubri, Bea, Dagger... by what means do you believe in the Lord Jesus Christ? You have no other means than the written "God breathed" word of God. Such as...

Romans 1:26-27: "For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet."

And of this word it is said, by the Word...

2 Peter 1:21
"For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost."

and...

2 Timothy 3:16
"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:"

If the same Word that has led you to believe in Him is not sufficient and trustworthy enough to order our lives, then how can you follow any of it? It is true...it is not true. Decide.

Romans 3:4 ""Indeed, let God be true but every man a liar."

Jesus said through an apostle..."preach the Word".

So if teaching truth is throwing stones, we are commanded to do so. But it is not. Teaching truth is loving, healing, bringing forgiveness to the ones you would leave in the darkness.

You do the dying no favor by convincing him he is not sick.

Will you do the same for the adulterer? Leave him or her in the sin and walk away saying "you do no wrong"? Jesus didn't. To the adulteress he saved from the stones of self righteousness He said, "Neither do I condemn you, go [but] and sin no more."

You are right, it is not unforgivable, I don't know of one Christian that believes it is. But it is not natural, and it is sin, and it must be turned from. As all sin, like my many many sins. But give me Truth please, that I may have a chance.

I cannot not comment on this, please read my words and show me my error, if you are able.
Robert



( Posted by: robnjop [Member] On: April 11, 2009 )

Dagger
I must answer here Dagger, and please know it is with all respect, because I cannot allow you to set the tone of MY words as being other than they are, for the sake of any future discussion by others.

If I allow you to paint my argument as "Christians that judge others", then all who read will see that, and have on their mind "Robert is a Christian that judges others". This I have not done. I have brought to you light and hope and truth and love and acceptance, by being faithful to the Word of God.

What I have judged is what I must judge, and that is the truth, either of your words, or Gods plain words. You must make this judgment also.

Your battle is all of our battles. Who has the harder battle? No one knows. But why not a life alone over suicide? Do you think the loss of your partner is more to bear than the loss of a heterosexuals partner, if God so ordained? And yes, it does happen.

We all are engaged in the same fight Dagger. May God put your enemies to flight, my brother.


( Posted by: robnjop [Member] On: April 11, 2009 )

Dagger's is NOT going to hell for having loved...
All you say is true and has merit in my opinion, and you know, I think it is beautiful that you so openly expressed your love for your partner without shame, for there is no shame in loving someone truly, sincerely, and so deeply, two consenting adults, nothing wrong with that, not now, not ever...and anyone who really believes that homosexuals are going to hell for having loved, is the true sinner and the one doing wrong...that is my opinion.

Blessings to you and yours;-)

Karma

( Posted by: TheRealKarmaTseringLhamo [Member] On: April 12, 2009 )





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