I am such a girl! I like the show, Glee. A lot. Now I could keep it a closet secret, but I don’t care what people think. I’ll shout it from the mountain tops! I LIKE GLEE!
Part of the reason that I like this show is because it has characters who don’t have it all together and who struggle with life issues everyday. One of the characters in the show is Kurt.
In the third episode of season one (about 40 minutes in), Kurt states that he is gay. It is his first time to tell someone. With tears, he tells his close friend, Mercedes, in the hallway at their school.
The actor who plays Kurt did a great job with this scene. He portrays how scary it would be in such a situation.
In episode four, of season one (about 37 minutes and 30 seconds in), Kurt tells his dad that he is gay. The dad character is portrayed as a macho, blue-collar type. The expectation of the viewer is that his dad will reject him. Yet, the dad surprises the audience. His response to his son’s admission is:
“I guess I’m not totally in love with the idea, but if that is who you are, nothing I can do about it. And I love you just as much.”
The father was honest. He struggled with the idea that his son was gay. Yet, he also acknowledged that was who his son was. It was not something that made him stop loving his son.
(Now, applying this principle to the issues in general…) I like that. You can love someone even if they have something in their life with which you disagree.
In situations where someone drops a bomb shell on you, and you are struggling with that news, you are faced with the following questions: Is this new information a deal breaker? Will this news sever your relationship with this person? What is God’s model for us?
Fred Phelps says that God hates fags. Even if we conclude that God hates homosexuality, Phelps’ conclusion is wrong. Romans 5:8 says, “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” That’s my model. No matter what others are doing around you…love like Jesus loved.
I think that I will love the people who God calls me to love, whether they are: black, white, short, tall, male, female, homosexual, heterosexual, bisexual, unsure-sexual, green, or wearing an outfit of orange polka-dots and purple stripes.
If someone has something in their life with which I disagree, I will first love them. I will then compassionately share what I believe to be truth, and then I will leave any need for conviction to God. Who knows, I might just be surprised as to who needs to repent.
(It is interesting, WordPress’ spell check does not recognize “fags” as a word.)