What with my right to exist being debated all over the country at the moment. I felt the need to throw in a little extra post affirming my faith and the continuity I see between being this God-created lesbian that I am and my faith in God’s endless love.
Let us pray to the God who is love as we consider what rights to grant our brothers and sisters (and ourselves)
I believe in God, who out of love made the universe;
who made all creation in her own image
who called humankind to know that we are made in the image
imperfect mirrors of perfect grace and and loveliness.
This God created me and knows me, knit me together in my mother’s womb
brought me out into the world and called me “beloved daughter”.
And God saw that creation was good, even humanity.
I believe that divine Wisdom, became flesh, became Jesus Christ in human history.
Jesus spoke a lot about love and acceptance;
Jesus had more tolerance for honest sinners than for judgemental hypocrites.
We don’t know whether Jesus loved anyone romantically
it is possible he was straight, it is possible he was gay.
He had at least one “beloved disciple” though we are not privy to what went on there.
Jesus was put to death, for being more interested in human rights, than personal purities.
He was against the way religion can distract from God’s kindom.
He called people to be fair and loving.
Wisdom has always done this, but Jesus did it in human flesh
so that we would relate to her/him.
I believe in the Holy Spirit who loves me and calls me to be kind and authentic.
I believe that all love is from the Holy Spirit
and that God is consistently calling me to love.
For love we are supposed to give up all things,
even traditions if they go against love.
We are uncompromisingly called to love.
Sometimes we fail, and yet we are still deeply loved by God’s loving Spirit.
I believe that “marriage equality” is a secular matter
and needn’t threaten the church, whether or not we agree
that the love between two women, or two men may be sacramental.
I believe that we need to protect families from hate and exclusion.
I believe that the loving and authentic Christian has no need to fear.
I believe that I am fearfully and wonderfully made
yes even as a lesbian
yes even if you consider my flaws as a human being.
I believe that no one ever went to hell for loving too much.
I believe that at the present time God is calling the church
to be great-hearted and loving, courageous and generous.
I believe in “yes”.
I believe in broadening our definition of sacramental love to protect families.
I believe in God who out of love
made us, walks with us, calls us to deeper life and love.
There is never a contradiction between godliness and unselfish love.
This is my faith. I feel the need to try to put it into (imperfect) words. Amen.