This love of God is offensive and outrageous. I know I would never treat someone like that.
It is painful enough to know we have convinced ourselves of this, that God does not love us when we sin or screw up, but there is something even more painful to me. It is even more painful that out of our inability to understand this we have spilled over into the world around us. We are convinced that our actions and decisions can separate us from God, and we have enforced this ridiculousness on non-Christians around us. We have convinced them that God does not love them because of their sin and life decisions. Something is heart-breakingly wrong here!
One of my students did graphic design for some extra cash in college, and one of his bosses was a night club owner, author, and homosexual. He had been putting the finishing touches on a book, and he asked my student to read the manuscript. My student had told me a lot of the things he saw in this book. The book is quite autobiographical and reveals a lot of this man's ideas of God. His main thought and belief is that God hates him. He is convinced that God hates him. He doesn't mention Christians hating him; he is convinced that GOD hates him. God has completely removed his love from this man as far as he is concerned.
Where does he get this concept?
Likely he gets it from God's people who themselves seem to be convinced (see yesterday's post) that you can be separated from the love of God, and if they believe THEY can be separated from the love of God, then surely so would homosexuals. So some make signs and scream from megaphones.
But lets be frank; we don't need signs and bullhorns on a street corner do we? We are capable enough in our minds and comments to condemn homosexuals, drunks, whores, prostitutes and democrats to separation from God's love.
Why do we do this to people?
It appears that we do it to ourselves as well. We have convinced ourselves that we can be and often are separated from the love of God. This is crazy enough that we have convinced ourselves of this, but it is breaking my heart that we have convinced the homosexuals, drunks, sluts and divorced of the same thing.
The TRUTH of the matter is:
God doesn't hate 'fags', whores, sinners, or you...
His people do.