I know that when it comes to traditional religion, same sex relationships and homosexuality are immoral practices punishable by death in this life and/or eternal damnation in the afterlife. And to adherents of those traditional religions I ask, “Who are you to judge and condemn anyone?”
Yeshua (Jesus) instructs us, “And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, ‘Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye’; and behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye” (Matthew 7:3-5).
In my opinion, if you are a human being living in the times we are living in, chances are you have engaged in immoral behavior. Do you drink alcohol? Have you ever smoked? Have you ever had sex out of wedlock? What about sexual relations with someone elses’s mate? What was the last lie you told? Have you ever taken anything that you weren’t given permission to take? Engaging in any of this behavior only once does not make you a sinner. It’s the habitual exercise of this behavior that makes you a transgressor. Either way, none of us are in a state of complete holiness to the point where we can look down on someone because of the choices they’ve made in their life. “For all are ungodly and wicked, and every mouth speaks impiety” (Isaiah 9:16).
No one should be condemned for their lifestyle choices. It’s apparent that everyone will not like or agree with the lifestyle of everyone else, and that’s okay. We are accountable for our own decisions, and even more so how we act toward others we deem to be “troubled.”
Again, we are commanded by Rav Yeshua (Jesus), “Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. Judge not, and ye shall not be judged; condemn not and ye shall not be condemned; forgive and ye shall be forgiven” (Luke 6:36-37).
Please don’t think that I am attempting to put down any specific religious tradition or any practioner of traditional religion. Everyone is entitled to their own convictions and beliefs. My issue is with individuals who attempt to intermingle their opinion and views with Scripture and try to pass them off as the God’s honest truth.
If we took the time to study the sacred Scriptures of our respective religions and stop relying on other’s twisted interpretations, we will see for ourselves what Yahweh (Allah, Amen-Ra, Olodumare, Buddha, and Brahma) had to say. Bias, prejudice, and descrimination are all man made concepts and cannot be mixed with divine ideals such as compassion, mercy, and love.
My point is that those of the LBGTQ community should not be looked down upon, ostricized, disrespected, or harmed in any way due to their sexual orientation. Because regardless of not liking or agreeing with how they choose to self-identify, we are all children of Yahweh……And I love all my Brothers and Sisters!
“Beloved, let us love one another; for love is of God, and every one that loveth is born of God and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love” (1John 4:7-8).
DONOVAN DAVID CLARK