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Was Jesus Marching That Day?

Saturday, July 20th, 2013

J is a woman who’s had a life that’s “colorful.” She became a “dancer” in the city – and took a dive into a world of drugs and decadence. At  20, she was stunning. You don’t need a calculator to figure out that sex, drugs, money, and a beautiful woman are going to add up to trouble. She was racing to an abyss-of-death – until her daughter was born.

J  quickly gave up drugs, dancing, easy money, and dedicated her life to that child. She took a series of mundane jobs that were respectable – but paid about as much in a week as she used to snort up her nose in a night.  Of course J had middle class dreams about her daughter as a bride in white and giving her wonderful 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.”  She tried that sad route for YEARS! But in the end – it didn’t matter. Water is wet – the sky is blue – some people are gay. You can pound the ground all you want but that’s just the way it is. Finally J accepted what she could not change. To express her love and acceptance of her daughter, she agreed to march 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! You’re going to hell!’. There was hate POURING out of their eyes and mouths!”  “I was overwhelmed! I felt angry and afraid and very protective of my daughter when she grabbed my arm in near-terror.”

“And then a strange thing happened. I immediately calmed down and started saying, ‘I love you’ to them – and I really meant it! But that seemed to make them angrier still! We finally finished the parade and I knew those people brought my daughter and me even closer.”

When J finished her story, I had a strange thought.  What if Jesus walked in that parade and passed those protesters? Would He thank them? Would He be embarrassed that some people use His name to hate?

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

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

One of God’s Answers to Hate

“Please Make It Cooler” Dance

Saturday, July 20th, 2013

Get out of your seats! – All together now . . .