A good friend commented on my recent post about heterosexuals not being allowed to marry. He was taken aback by the harsh tone. I explained that it is a parody of the kind of things people say as a rationale for denying gay and lesbian people the right to marry. On reflection I added the phrase to the blog, "This is a parody".
I reflected some more. Many of us who are know gay and lesbian folks know them as grandmas and grandpas, kindly souls, gentle souls, folks who are easy to be around. Keep that in mind.
Then keep my friend's concern that I was being harsh, painting heterosexual men as scumbags, unfaithful, etc. That would hurt a lot of good guys in churches we know.
I kept reflecting through a couple of games of Solitaire. If that would hurt these heterosexual men, what feelings do gay and lesbians feel when they read such things about "all homosexuals" and "all gay men", and so forth?
I reflected that it is fairly normal to feel concern for the tender feelings of our heterosexual friends and forget that homosexual people have the same feelings when they are unfairly painted with a brush coated in slime.
Hmmm. Do you suppose that all humans feel hurt, resentful, and even angry when lumped in to a generalization that doesn't describe them? Might God resent the way his kids are being tarred?
What do you think? Leave a comment and let us know.