I don't normally climb up on my soap box and preach, but this week I have three times been poked just hard enough to make that climb. I am sure I will get a lot of hacked off readers for this, but the beauty of it all is I really don't care.
I loathe politics. I am neither red or blue and I think politicians lie. The other day I read some diatribe written by some dude that proclaims to be just to the right of republican. His beef? Gay marriage. I refuse to reassemble his arguments here but suffice it to say his bottom line is that gay marriage is sick, immoral and disobedient to God. His platform included a proclamation to Republicans that if they were true Republicans, they would agree. I don't remember the guy's name and I wouldn't print it if I did because I do not want to support anything he says. If I were a Republican, I would be appalled that he is single handedly undermining the more relevant issues of the Republican platform. I would stand up for the more critical issues of my party and leave love alone. Love is not heterosexual and it is not partisan.
Cheerios has a commercial where a little girl asks her mom if Cheerios is good for the heart because daddy said it was. The mother confirms - yes it is. The little girl then goes to her father napping on the couch and pours a box of Cheerios on his chest (knowing that is where his heart is located.) Cute? You bet. I love that commercial. I saw it at least three times before it registered that the couple is bi-racial and the beautiful little girl is of mixed race. I loved the commercial even more. However, there has been a very public backlash against this commercial - name calling, complaints, outright proclamations of disgust. I am shocked and disappointed. I thought we, humanity, had evolved from that. And I wonder - IF the parents were both Caucasian and the little girl bi-racial; the unspoken message that the couple had adopted her, would it THEN be acceptable? Love isn't race specific.
Finally, I had a discussion with a friend who is heavily involved in her church. I admire her dedication to her church family, I respect her deeply held beliefs. She believes that those who have not accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior as the ONLY way to salvation are damned to hell. And that's where we part. I believe in God but I no longer attend any churches or belong to a specific religion. I was once asked by a pastor why I had not become a member of the church I attended for quite a few years. I told him that I could not stand up and proclaim that Jesus is the ONLY way to God. I cannot believe that a loving God would create so many vastly different, beautiful people and cultures, so many different belief systems, only to make the sweeping majority wrong in the end. The more I think about it, the more I feel like organized religion is a function of the mortal demand to manage God. If God is love, He loves us all.
I do not feel a need to back-up my beliefs with Bible quotes, philosophical arguments or political facts. It's what I believe and I don't have to justify it to anyone. That is freedom.
Judi Coltman is an author of mystery books. She is currently working on her fourth novel. Follow her at
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