Love Letter

I loved gay people before it was cool.
I do not love people in the LGBT community because a court told me that I have to.
I love the human you are, not the label society places on you. (honestly, I’m still really uncomfortable with labels – labels do not seem very human, do they?)
The love I try to display every day does not rely on one party being more right than the other party.
My love for you does not require my complete allegiance with your lifestyle nor does it require your allegiance with my faith.
My love extends far beyond the LGBT people to people of every race, creed, color, faith, and social choice.
You cannot stop my love by hating me. In fact, you will only give it fuel…
This is why:

I am a man of God.

I make far too many mistakes to hold that title, but I will continue to find refuge in it.

So let me tell you a little bit about the way a man of God loves:

* I love you because Jesus loved you first. (I follow Him into that love) 1 John 4:19, John 15:12
* I love you because that is what Jesus commands. (I still try to listen to what He says) John 15:12, Mark 12:31, Leviticus 19:18
* I love you because, when I look in your eyes, I see Jesus. (My love for you is based on the fact that I think you are much better than me) Psalm 139:14

When I look into my daughter’s eyes, I see a little of me. That fills me with joy and awe. Even better, I also look into her eyes and see the Savior. That gives me hope.

Let me rant for just a second, please.
My concern is that the church is forgetting how to pray for those that persecute us and love our enemies. I think that we have learned to be really good at ignoring the Jesus we see in each other’s eyes. We call this exclusivity.

Somewhere we learned that the cure for hate is hate. BUT, THAT IS A LIE.

Jesus, give me eyes to see You.

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