Recently, writers for a popular kid’s cartoon married a male character to another male. Someone suggested that since I work with children and write, I should tackle this episode so others will be encouraged to respond. It is, after all, imperative that we do so.

I’ve thought and prayed about our response and this is what is on my heart: 

What a wonderful opportunity for the church to teach our children how to love people who live and love differently.  What a holy moment for those who love the Christ to be able to say to our neighbors, “I love you and I’m going to walk this road with you. Let’s be friends!” What a blessed anointing on those who proclaim Jesus to have the opportunity to make Him look good to those who may not yet know his love!  What a beautiful time to teach ourselves and others how to love well. (We all need to work on that, especially me.) What an exciting hour to be able to build new bridges in a broken world! 

We want to change people but Jesus calls us to love them. It’s messy, uncomfortable, and doesn’t always make sense but it’s the only thing that matters.

2 Responses

  1. May I respectfully ask for some clarification on the following statements?

    1) “What a wonderful opportunity for the church to teach our children how to love people who live and love differently.”

    By people who “live and love differently”, are we talking about people living in homosexuality? If so, would teaching our children to love those who live in homosexuality, include teaching our children that such “living” is against the will of God and sinful? Or, does loving them mean we teach are children that those who live “differently” (in homosexuality), is acceptable to God?

    2) What a holy moment for those who love the Christ to be able to say to our neighbors, “I love you and I’m going to walk this road with you. Let’s be friends!”

    What does Paula mean by “walk this road with you”? Does she mean love them and try to help them come OUT OF homosexuality? Or, affirm and support them IN their sin?

    3) What a blessed anointing on those who proclaim Jesus to have the opportunity to make Him look good to those who may not yet know his love!

    What does she mean by making Jesus “look good”? Does she mean play like Jesus does not totally condemn such lifestyles? Or, something else?

    Are these fair questions? To me, the article seems at best vague and at worst, contrary to God’s will.

    What am I missing?

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