I haven’t been around recently, just reblogging something here or there, and the reason for that is that I’ve been really stressed. It’s been really bad. It just seems like everything is happening all at once and I can’t really catch a break. So, I don’t have a whole lot to share right now, but I do feel like God has been putting this on my heart to share with a few people recently, so I thought I would share it here as well.
No matter what happens (and that can be a very wide spectrum of things for people like us), God has got us and we can say, “It is well with my soul.”
I hope this is an encouragement to anyone who sees it. I just know that I’ve been going through a lot of stuff right now and that God has been trying to tell me to trust Him, because no matter what happens, it is well.
As a fellow writer, this really breaks my heart. What’s even more sad is the fact that I’m not super surprised that the publisher refused to publish the book, given the reasons they provided. I’m more saddened about the fact that their reasons are probably legitimate.
Even though the publisher is a Christian publisher, it is still a business, and a business must abide by the laws of supply and demand, and the tragic thing is that it’s probably true that many Christians wouldn’t buy the book simply because the author was gay. Why is this the way that the church is behaving in this day and age? I think that if the only reason not to buy a book is that the author is gay and that we (used generally to refer to the Christian community) don’t agree with that, then I think that we need to reexamine our own hearts. The book he was going to publish isn’t even about sexuality, and he noted that he even left out a chapter on sexuality so as not to detract from the overall message of the book. If we refused to listen to anyone just because they held differing views from us, I don’t think we would listen to anybody.
I think that we need to start taking a better look at ourselves and asking ourselves why we’re doing the things that we’re doing. I vividly remember my parents telling me to try and listen to people who I don’t agree with and at least understand where they’re coming from and think about what they have to say objectively before we critique or judge. Perhaps it’s time to get back to a spirit more akin to that.
What do you guys think?
I think that most of us would agree and can relate to situations in which our well-meaning straight friends say something or point us to something, whether it’s a book, online sermon, article, or anything else that unintentionally hurts us, sometimes a lot. Something like that happened to me earlier this week, which is what I want to share with you for this post.
Now, I typically like to say that I don’t get offended very easily, and I still hold to that as I’m writing, but what I experienced earlier this week was something that was a rather unique experience in a really uncomfortable way. I can’t remember the last time (if ever), I’ve ever experienced anything like it before, but I’m sure that perhaps some of you have encountered something like this: Continue reading “good intentions”
Not to post something really melancholy again, but the whole situation surrounding Valentine’s Day got me in a really pensive mood last night, and the way that I always remedy that is by writing. It’s something that I love to do, whether it’s short stories, (attempts at) poems, letters to no one, or just a stream of my consciousness directed onto a page. It always helps me sort through the whirlwind of emotions that I’m constantly bombarded with, and a lot of the time it will give me some perspective on life while also giving me a good chance to just reflect and turn some less ideal situations into more wistful ones, in a good way. Plus, I just really enjoy the act of writing, the sensation of the ink or pencil lead flowing onto the page so smoothly. It’s therapuetic to me.
So that’s what I’ve got for you again today: a piece of writing and a song: Continue reading “w i s t f u l”
It’s been a little while since I last shared anything with you guys. It also happens to be a day that many people, gay Christians included, tend to dread. It’s Valentine’s Day. I know firsthand how difficult and disappointing this day can be. I mean, I think there’s a reason that all of my friends banded together to celebrate Singles Awareness Day in high school in protest to this holiday that just seems to celebrate what everyone has that you don’t.
It’s actually really interesting that the United States has such a fascination with the romantic love aspect of Valentine’s Day, because in other countries the focus tends to be on all love, not just romantic love. For example, in many Latin American countries, the holiday is called “El Día del Amor y Amistad” instead, which translates to “The Day of Love and Friendship.” But regardless, I definitely understand the loneliness and bitterness that can take over many people come Valentine’s Day, especially in this country.
For that reason, instead of a “real” post today, I want to share a prayer with you instead. Continue reading “v – d a y”