In October I got in a big fight with my best friend’s mom. It was really strange because I’m not a fighter. I’ve been haunted by our conversation since then. I was shaken, so shocked by what happened, but more than that, I was horrified by the words she said. It started out with politics, went to Prop 8, then the ugly words began.
(Please simply know that I’m telling what happened; my goal is not to pass judgement on her.)
I told her that I didn’t really know where I stood on gay marriage, but I thought that too many Christians’ actions have been discriminatory and hateful. I didn’t think we, as Christians, should police what other people do. She said that we need to hold people accountable to God’s law. All I could think about was how sinful I am but that I don’t get crap for it because I’m a woman who is married to a man. My sin isn’t open for all to see.
Anyway, at the end of it all, I was deemed a “bad Christian” who didn’t “believe in the same God” that she did. And I was horrified. Why can’t Christians just all get along and love each other? More importantly, why can’t Christians just get along with other people and love others who don’t share their same beliefs?
I don’t have answers. I want to throw my hands up in the air in defeat, disgust, fear, sadness. While pondering this (it seems to be on my mind at least once a week), “One Voice” by The O.C. Supertones came on my iTunes shuffle. I was struck with their words:
And can we sing with one voice,
if we all love the same God?
Can we agree to disagree?
I think my hope, my prayer, my desperate plea, is for Christians to love each other deeply and to love non-Christians deeper than deeply. How do other feel Jesus’ love if not from us?