Love, Hate, Fear, and God

May 6th, 2012

A follow up to Protect Religious Freedom, inspired by today’s lessons from John, and Joe.

 

“The person who doesn’t love does not know God, because God is love… There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear, because fear expects punishment. The person who is afraid has not been made perfect in love. We love because God first loved us. If anyone says, I love God, and hates a brother or sister, he is a liar, because the person who doesn’t love a brother or sister who can be seen can’t love God, who can’t be seen.” – 1 John 4:8,18-20 (today’s Second Lesson at my church)

 

“Look, I just think that the good news is that as more and more Americans come to understand what this is all about is a simple proposition: who do you love…. People fear that which is different. Now, they’re beginning to understand.” — Joe Biden today on Meet the Press, coming out personally in favor of marriage equality

 

Did Joe Biden hear the same Lesson I did in church today?

Is that why he came out for marriage equality for people who are gay?

 

Organized religion often catches a lot of flack,

Especially from groups who (rightly) feel under attack.

 

But hate-filled people claiming to act in God’s name,

Are actually Christian in nothing but name.

 

Can you love God and hate the people you actually know?

According to the Bible, the answer is no.

 

Those so replete with fear and hate

Can’t “I love God” so righteously state.

 

Those so filled with hate and fear

Can’t God’s message commandeer.

 

All of us sometimes feel fear; all of us sometimes feel hate.

Religion should try those emotions to control, or eliminate.

 

So religious gays, don’t give up on religion because some religions give up on you:

Not all Christians don’t believe what some Christians do.

 

And to my co-religionists, if your pastor says something anti-gay in church,

Please go out and do a little independent biblical research.

 

And re-read those parts of the Bible like First John 4

Which do a much better job of describing what religion is for.

 

And Joe: it’s good news you’re straying from Administration chapter and verse.

Maybe President Obama will learn the same lesson and become less risk adverse.

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