It's not black and white.
It's not about winning.
It's about the blossoming of the heart.
Tears, understanding, sympathy.
It's about everyone.
All are brothers and sisters.
It's not about harsh penalties.
It's about forgiveness.
It's not about revenge or retribution.
It's about another chance.
It's not about naming and shaming.
It's about reconciliation.
It's not about justifying evil.
It's about transcending evil.
Life is not God's rewards and punishments.
Life is what we do to each other.
"'Do to others as you would have them do to you.'" Luke 6:31 (NRSV)
God withdraws to leave a space into which we can grow by putting into practice what we have learned.
The multi-media is full of Satanism.
Everyone is infected with its poison.
Our lives are ruined.
Our ideals are destroyed.
Our search is sabotaged.
We have been betrayed.
Betrayed into the hands of devils.
They have betrayed gays and lesbians.
It's subtle sabotage.
A knife in the back.
Backwards, upside-down, and negative.
The darkness of materialism and decadence.
Selfishness and superficiality rule.
Everything is taken at face value.
Despite the poison within.
"'The Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.'" 1 Samuel 16:7b (NRSV)
Man of bronze, feet of clay.
Strong, handsome exterior, fear and cowardice within.
What do you see?
What do you feel?
This is the true person.
You must have integrity.
You must have courage.
You must have love.
No one sees the devil on the stage.
No one forgives the sex offender.
No one risks radical love.
We all stick to our prejudices.
And the world is lost.
(Scripture quotations (marked NRSV) are taken from the New Revised Standard Version Bible. copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A., and are used by permission. All rights reserved.)