Using God To Hate
Not too long ago I made a comment about Miss California Carrie Prejean’s comment about opposite marriage being the only acceptable form of marriage in her country and in her family. What I wrote must have been an invitation for people to hate because I got a lot of comments from people who questioned my intelligence, my patriotism, as well as my sense of spirituality. Because Ms. Prejean was being honest about the way she felt and how she stood up for the sanctity of opposite marriage she was going to get a heavenly crown from god. Who the hell was I to give my honest opinion about someone giving their honest opinion about people who were honest about their sexual orientation enough to have their same sex relationship sanctified by the state?
Ms. Prejean and her peers believe that god loves people who hate the idea of homosexual marriage. It sounds like a lot of people believe that they will be in god’s good graces if they hate in the name of god. God doesn’t like gays and lesbians and therefore, to get a holy crown, I’ll hate gays and lesbians. And how do we know that god hates same sex marriage? It says so in the bible. It says so in the book of Romans 1:24-27 and the First book of Timothy 1:10 and the First book of Corinthians 6:9-10.
It’s funny because these same Christian bible books also mention the hatred god has for adulterers but nobody ever says that people who commit adultery should not be allowed to marry in the name of god. These books also talk about sexual perversions and unnatural sexual acts. While that might include some same sex acts, I know a few heterosexual acts of sex that might cross the line of perversion. I’m not going to go into any detail here but I spent nearly my entire adult life learning a few sexual perversions in order to help satisfy the woman in my life. I know for a fact some of the things I do wouldn’t pass a lot of people’s idea of conventional sex acts.
But that’s okay. If god is going to judge my spirituality based on how prudish my peers think my bedroom life is I seriously doubt that god understands my spiritual nature at all. My god doesn’t judge me based on what you might think. In all honesty, my spirituality has absolutely nothing to do with my sexuality. As long as I respect myself and respect my partner and respect my family and respect my community, as long as I do what I can to be the best person that I can be, how does my private sex life interfere with that overall sense of respect? Why would god put such emphasis on what I do for good, healthy sexual relationship?
Honestly, I don’t think god cares. And since I’m talking honestly nobody can condemn me for what I say and I should be getting my heavenly crown any day now.
God is not a voyeur looking into my bedroom for sexual deviation. The idea that the creator of the universe wants to condemn me to hell because of my extracurricular sexual activity is an idea that doesn’t sit very well with my psyche. If the only people who go to heaven are the people who stick to orthodox sex without perversion, it doesn’t look good for me. I will definitely be disqualified at the pearly gates. But then again, if the heavenly bound are people who are so rigid that they cannot accept those who are different, then I would have to say, even if I was so inclined to stick with nothing but missionary sex with my partner, heaven would not sound very heavenly to me.
I have family members and friends who are part of the gay and lesbian community. The idea that they are not welcome because god doesn’t like the fact that they are honest enough to follow their true sexual nature, their true sexual spirit, is not one that sits well with me. If this is the nature of the Christian god, then hell sounds a lot more appealing than heaven.
But I know for a fact that god doesn’t judge people on such trivialities. My god doesn’t award heavenly crowns to bigots. My god doesn’t smile down and love small minded people because they hate in his name. The god that I have come to know and develop a relationship with is the type of god that would not think to judge others no matter what. God doesn’t need people to hate in his image. My god is big enough, strong enough, and capable enough to hate all by himself. People who revel in hate should learn to stand up on their own and hate on their own. Quit putting petty bigotry on god’s shoulders.