Hi guys! Just a quick note to update you on some things. I’m totally enjoying my summer……although I’m staying pretty busy! Matt is off at camp this week…..missing him lots because it’s just a reminder that I have to leave him at college in 54 days. (Not that I’m counting.) I’ve been doing some teaching and speaking at church, and the online bible studies I’m leading are going pretty well! So, all in all….not much has changed. I’m still the same goofy friend you’ve always had.
Except I guess I’m not.
See, I’ve lost some friends this week. Evidently, when I woke up Friday morning, I was still Julie. I could make you laugh, and like I’ve said before…..laugh with me or laugh at me…..I’ll take either. I could give you opinions. I could pray with you. I could agree with you. I could disagree with you, and it would be ok.
But around lunch time, I must have changed. When the SCOTUS same sex marriage ruling was announced, I was swept into a camp of people defined as hate-filled, evangelically hysterical, intolerant, and ignorant. People who I consider friends evidently don’t consider me a friend any longer.
All while I was grocery shopping.
Here’s the worst part. It wasn’t just me. I have seen people on both sides of this issue……friends…..people who have lived life together, laughed together, cried together…verbally assault one another viciously. People who have business relationships, people who have children who are friends, and even people in the same family. It’s heartbreaking.
I haven’t said anything on social media regarding the SCOTUS ruling; not because I’m scared too, but because I don’t think a Facebook post or 140 character tweet can convey what I want to say. It will surprise no one to say that I disagree with the ruling. I think God designed marriage to be between a man and a woman. I know some of you disagree vehemently with me, because we’ve talked about it. Rationally and honestly. I’m all about talking about it. Let’s have coffee, let’s Facebook chat, let’s pick up the phone. But let’s talk.
Can I make a suggestion? Maybe we need to focus less on hurling virtual stones at one another through Facebook, and focus more on bridging the divides that are destroying any chance of relationship we hope to have with one another.
Fortunately, I still have hope. I believe the cross of Jesus Christ is more than enough to bridge the great divide before us. I believe that the love of Christ is more powerful than hate, and I believe that God is still sovereign.
It is Jesus who has taught me that He died for all of us, not some of us.
It is Jesus who taught me that He didn’t die for me to be ok, He died for me to be forgiven.
It is Jesus who taught me that I can’t tell people about Him if I’m not even talking to those people in the first place.
You know what’s ironic about this? Those who disagree with me may stop reading because I’m writing about Jesus. And those who agree with me may stop reading because they don’t think I took a “hard stand”.
Friends, God loves the people on both sides of this issue.
I’m wondering if maybe we can try to do the same.