You identify as a Christian. I identify as Christian. We both accepted ourselves as God’s children. According to the Nicene Creed, we believe that Jesus Christ died for our sins. I assume that — like me — you got baptized in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
You and I should be family. Somewhere between your withholding marriage licenses from gay couples and my having two mothers, our ideas of Christianity hit a fault line. The God that I thank for a fulfilling life to do His will cannot be the same God that justifies denying human rights to love. Our Gods took on two different faces within the same doctrine. How do you reconcile with the statement that, “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love?” (1 John 4:8). What about the sacred calling to “Do to others as you would have them do to you” (Luke 6:31)? How could the same God who preaches the sanctity of love demand that you deny that same option for others?
This goes beyond one couple. You made a choice to tell the world that people like my parents should not share their love with one another—the birthright that God gave to all of us. You reduced me to the little girl who heard this message for years and feared for her two mothers’ immortal souls and who endured bullying from those with a similar mindset to yours. Your message inspires suicide and incites hate crimes, Ms. Davis. You hurt people.
Did you intend to send this message on behalf of God, the God who instructs us to “Love your enemies, do good to them, and lend them without expecting” (Luke 6:35)? You refuse to “loan” your “enemies” a marriage license. You deny them the independence to live their lives that you enjoy.
I cannot believe that we love the same God. May your God grant you the same compassion, understanding, and determination to bring peace to the world and his children that mine does. God bless you, Ms. Davis.
If anyone says, ‘I love God,’ and hates [their] brother, [they are] a liar; for [those] who [do] not love [their kin] whom [they have] seen cannot love God whom [they have] not seen. – 1 John 4:20
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Tayllor Johnson currently resides in New York City where she has begun her journey into Poet. Passion. Period. In between those learning moments, she sometimes has just enough time to jot a few lines...
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