We’ve all heard the argument that starts with “but the Bible says…” While there’s merit in what the Bible says and understanding the context in which it is being said, I believe Christians and people of all other faiths have no right to ascertain what is holy & not holy before God. A couple years back, the kind of music that I make would’ve been considered “The Devil’s music”. As a Christian, the fact that I play in clubs & bars would’ve been treated with scorn in the church. But I make dance music with conviction & in full confidence that what I do is holy & pleasing before God. If someone tells me otherwise, my natural reaction is to have compassion for that person for their opinion is formed from not knowing the truth that is inside of me.
The fact that we can go into a place & affect the atmosphere of a room with our music and make people happy in places that are often quite dark – there is no doubt in my mind that this is something that God smiles upon. The fact that we’ve been invited to play in a couple churches shows that the church is moving forward and better understands that music that is different to hymns & organs can also be pleasing to God.
The same is true of gay marriage. If you know in your heart that your love for someone of the same sex is holy and sacred before God, I wouldn’t worry about people who think otherwise for their opinion stems from fear of what they do not know. If anything, have compassion for those people. I know this because I used to have a bigoted view on gay relationships until a few of my close Christian friends came out; guys & girls that I truly respect & love. Simply by declaring to the world that they are gay without apology and in knowledge that God loves them & doesn’t intend for them to be any different has helped me form a better understanding of homosexual relationships. The fact that I can still be friends with those people despite what I may have said about gay people in the past has also helped me change my view.
I challenge people of all faiths to dig deep and to really try and understand what it is to be gay before saying something that might be deeply hurtful towards someone who is gay. It’s great that there has been a lot of discussion around gay marriage from both left & right wings of the Church, but for those who have more conservative views; keep in mind that in this time what you say has a lot of power to do great good or great damage. It’s important to know that it simply isn’t your battle to fight. As tempting as it, I urge you to dig deep before quoting that one Bible verse or making that analogy that tries to undermine gay love. People are EXPECTING it, and I can promise you this – it’s only going to cement their already hardened view of Christians. On the other side of the coin, I urge and challenge liberals to refrain from hating on conservatives; offer compassion instead. I believe your words can be equally as damaging to progress.