this Sunday, despite all of the political stuff that has happened this past week. I just wanted to say that my church was not discussing the matter. Yes my religion does not agree with same sex marriage(as do a large majority of religions) That doesn't mean we are gonna treat people anyone differently.
My church does not have a denomination. We are accepting and have members of all races and backgrounds. Many of our members have tattoos from long ago and we spend much of our time helping the city. Members of my youth group are homosexual, they are some of my closest friends.
After worship, the lead guitar player of our band(yes we have a rock band play) came onto the stage and said " We know what is going on, but we are not going to be political, today isn't about that. All of us have our own opinions and that is what they are." There was a small prayer we had, like we do before each serves, today was just about were we lived(nothing about current events, just that we would be able to find our way in this world.) With that, he left and one of our pastiers stepped on and started talking about Paul and his own experiences. The whole time he spoke he never talked about how it was the Devil's fault (he did say he wasn't going to blame his past on him) and sometimes we are scared to step out and trust God. He spoke of the time he brought a woman's groceries because he card was declined. He told her "God has not forgotten you, and you are loved." The woman was not a Christan, she thanked him actually spoke of her want to go back to church. Coincidentally she brought up our church and said she thought about going there, he said he heard good things about it. He never once said he was pastier. He told us that he did not do it to try and convert her, or to do it for the church. He said it was what God asked him to do.
With the tiny story aside, I will say this. Many of you are going to read this and probably tell me I am a bad person for being a Christian. Well I have another story.
I grew up in a family that was a mix of catholic and southern baptist. A family member of mine made me angry with God and I found my self straying away at an early age. We moved to Mississippi when I was about 5 and tried to attend many different churches. None stuck. When I was in about third grade, my mom decided we would go to a local Temple (Jewish) we were there for a good while and I enjoyed it.
One day, on the bus a kid asked me if I was a christian. I said no and that I was Jewish. The little boy told me I was going to hell.
As I became older, I found myself believing in something, but I didn't know what it was.
The older and older I got, the more I found myself hating Christianity.
I became a Pagan(Greek pantheon was my chosen set) while in middle school. I stayed on until I was in 10th grade.
Good things happened to me, but I still felt empty. My fiance had been by my side all these years and never tried to force me to convert or anything(he had been into satanic stuff and druidic stuff as a kid and found his own way). I found myself feeling empty and scared, so one night I told him; while crying like a baby that I wasn't to convert.
My mom had also found her way back to Christ as well and we started going to my current church about a year ago. I was scared at first, but quickly found myself at home with these people. I go up there twice a week, sometimes more. I find myself in a family of people who have similar stories as I do.
All coming from pasts that are hard to talk about. I just finally got rid of somethings I had been holding back for a while, not feeling good about what I was getting into. I cry every Sunday, I kid you not. I don't feel bad and that is my personal choice and I hope you respect that.
In my own experience I have seen the good and bad of both sides in this political event. Guess what, I am happy people can marry who they love! I myself have characters that are "homosexual" and other sexualities because I enjoy diversity. I am probably going to get hate for it because I am a straight "white" christian girl from a family that is currently doing well. (yeah, my family use to be hella poor)
I wanted to add another thing about my church. We are not one of those big huge fancy buildings. While the main campus is, that is cuz it is the oldest. The church I go to is hidden and by no means fancy. It is behind a Wendys for pete's sake.
DOES THIS EVEN LOOK LIKE A CHURCH? XDreal quick side note
when I was a kid I use to get stones thrown at me cuz I thought dragons were real, I am probably gonna get more stones thrown for saying this, but as far as other gods/deities go. I believe that there are powerful beings beyond our understanding that we call that. Even the Bible mentions other gods. I am not gonna sit here and call them demons. AND NO I don't think Satan is in hell yet. In Revelations he will be cast out, but for the moment he is(I believe) still in Heaven pointing out all of our flaws to God. Just think about that XD.
The pentagram is originally Pagan and was turned upside down to represent the goat. Both Jews and Pagans sacrificed goats, rams, and livestock/crops to their own gods. Jesus is called the lamb, and many Jews referred to God as a shepherd. Goats look like "EVIL SHEEP" because of some features and were adopted by artists in the dark age to represent Satan because they looked evil. Only resently has the upside down pentagram been seen as widely satanic.
As far as 666 = sign of the beast goes. That was a translation of the Hebrew text by the Greeks. Some of the bible is lost in translation thanks to this. Sometimes numbers and words in a language are similar, or have multiple meanings. The mark is unknown actually.
Th upside down cross has to be my favorite story. A man was going to be put to death the same way a Jesus. He was also a hebrew and followed Jesus's teachings. He felt it would be wrong for him to have the same death and asked that his cross be put upside down. This was an act of humbling himself and a more painful way to go. As for it being "Satanic" it is just a newer thing.
If you haven't noticed a lot of modern "Christian" things and holidays are from Pagan roots as well. Easter and Christmas being 2 examples.
I wanted to get into another topic. I have seen people getting into on other journals and what
"Christan" genocides are never actually Christan genocides. There is always an angle. Most genocides are political, and most are actually on Christan/Jews in other countries. You can get put to death for being a Christian/having a Bible or a cross.
With most wars with any religion, there is two sides fighting. I will admit that countries would enslave places and try and force their own denominations onto the native people. People always do stuff in the name of their "faith."
I wanted to point out that the Crusades were first meant only to take back Jerusalem which had been invaded by the church. All the others were military ploys because the church back then was like a country itself. You have to remember too, no one could read the bible save for a few. It wasn't even really the bible if you look at it from a historical point of view.
The media makes it out to seem that only Christians "Hate"(many of us don't, some do, I don't) homosexuals. As is stated before, many religions including Hebrew and Islam.
I laughed actually when I saw people say Homosexuality was a new thing. It has always existed. No one could ever marry, but some cultures let it slide. 2 being Ancient Athens and Japan during the Edo period thanks to the code of Bushido for the most part well having close relationships happen where men were exposed to one another and educated. Mostly because women were uneducated and couldn't really hold a conversation like a man could. In Ancient Sparta, women were educated enough to have respect and they owned property.
So where I was going with this is, I feel that this happens anyway with Christians/Hebrew/Jews anyways because it is how it has always been.
I am not gonna pick a fight or say anyone is wrong. People forget on both sides that we are just PEOPLE.
People are capable of both good and evil.
This whole thing has been about a few people on both sides acting rather childish. Both sides were wrong, and there was no real victim.
People think a whole political party shares the same belief as one religion with so many denominations.
It's like saying (for both sides) This asshole, who drowns puppies and abuses kids likes to listen to the Beetles and adores kittens. Does that mean everyone who likes those things is an asshole? HELL FUCKING NO.
PROBABLY GONNA GET HATE BUT I DON'T GIVE A FUCK.
I am trying to be as trigger sensitive as I can be.