Archive for July 18th, 2010

And on. . . and on . . . and on . . .

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

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Was Jesus There?

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

J. is a woman who came from a broken home – in a small town – became a “dancer” in the city – and took a dive into a world of drugs and decadence. Today she’s beautiful at 45 – when she was 20, she was stunning. J. was racing towards an abyss-of-death. Until her daughter was born.

J. quickly dedicated her life to that child. She bought a small house so her daughter could have the security she never had growing up. She took a series of mundane jobs that were respectable – but paid little.  J. had every middle class dream for her daughter – especially the ones about a bride in white and giving her grandchildren.

But that dream exploded when her daughter told her she was gay. “Say what? Gay? GAY!?!”

J. was DEVASTATED. She cried and prayed and denied it and begged her daughter to seek “help”.  But it didn’t matter. Water is wet – the sky is blue – some people are gay. Finally J. accepted what she could not change. To express her love and acceptance of her daughter, she marched with her in a Gay Pride Parade.

“Franco,” she said, “I was shocked! We walked by a group of militant Christian activists who pointed their fingers at us and started chanting ‘You’re going to hell!’ . There was hate POURING out of their eyes and mouths!”

“I was overwhelmed! But then a strange thing happened. I immediately calmed down and started saying, ‘I love you’ to the protesters. I just kept  repeating, ‘I love you,’ ‘I love you.’ But that seemed to make them angrier still! When that parade ended, I knew my daughter and I were even closer.”

I wondered,  what if Jesus was in that Pride Day parade? Would He thank the protesters? Would He be angry? Would He be embarrassed?

I told this story to a friend who’s a believer. She just  looked at me like I was an imbecile.

“He was there, Franco,” she said. “Why do you think J. answered hate with love?”