There were an amazing experience at the Glide methodist church in San Francisco. A gay step up on stage and told us about his life. He had been involved in different churches and that had been good times, but he felt there were a missing part to get the perfect fit, but he couldn’t put his finger on it. A couple of years ago he joined the Glide family. Here he realized what was missing. The Glide family accept everybody as they are. Even though the other churches had accepted him as he was, there was a bracket because he felt he had to hide a part of himself that was not accepted. When he joined the Glide family he did not needed to hide parts of himself anymore and felt accepted unconditional whitout any brackets. The absence of brackets made him totally released to be exactly the one that he was born to be. The atmosphere and the members of the church accepted him including his step out of the closet and he is now living his life in full. The shining of his face confirmed his words.
His story made me realized that we need to focus on the core message from God. It also gave me the insight, what really matters is how dedicated we are in what we are doing.
Jesus is talking about the two most important commandments from God in Mark 12:28-31 New International Version (NIV); 29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.[a] 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’[b] 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[c] There is no commandment greater than these.”
There is a need of unconditional love to be shown to my neighbor. But if I put limitation in the love to myself, then I need to release myself otherwise I will love my neighbor with the same limitation as I love myself. I think that we are in a strong need of being released and let people free, so all of us are able to blossom.
Col. 3:23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart. I wish we could release people to be free to make decisions and choices for themself of what to do and who to love and if having any requirement it would be, to work at it with all their heart, provided no one is hurt.
Back to the gay, when he felt accepted unconditional, he was able to blossom. Therefore I am wondering, is it really our task to constrain and judge people and don’t giving them a chance to blossom? Isn’t that God’s task to judge? Otherwise, why do Jesus say in Matt 9:13 (New American Standard 1977) “But go and learn what this means, ‘I DESIRE COMPASSION, AND NOT SACRIFICE,’… ” The task should be, to release my neighbor into freedom, give love and also Dream for them and help them to dream, as the gay said.