No I do not think I’m mean spirited at all, my belief has always been to offer help to anyone in need. I do not first check my Bible to see if it is okay to help a Gay person, a homosexual or a bisexual. I do not use my Bible as an excuse to bypass particular segments of society. I do not quote Leviticus or other Old Testament readings. I do as we were taught to do in the story of the Good Samaritan. Just last evening on CBC Compass there was an interview with the Salvation Army. They are greatly concerned that their Christmas Kettles are not doing well this year. Financially they are well below the funds collected in previous years. That is certainly not down to me! however,I have not dropped a single coin in a kettle since December 2012. That was when the Charlottetown Corps announced they do not recognize or welcome the Gay Community into their churches. The excuse offered, we have to follow what the Bible teaches?? Well maybe their empty kettles will teach them to follow their hearts in the future and stop discriminating, we are all Gods children. They might want to consider that many other Christians are bypassing the kettles for the same reason as I. Food for thought. Below is my blog from 14th Dec 2012.
I always had respect for and supported the principles of the Salvation Army. At Christmas I made a point of dropping any loose change in the Army Kettles. Not anymore though, this year I have walked by the kettles and not dropped a single coin in. I’m so disappointed that this supposedly Christian organization discriminates along the same lines as the Baptist-Catholics and several other church organizations. They discriminate against Gays. Oh! they claim not to too, they use that old well worn excuse we have heard so many times in the past “we love the sinner not the sin”. Two men in love – two women in love that’s very wrong according to the Salvation Army guiding principles. Yet here we are at Christmas, a time of peace and good will to all, and still too many religious groups contend that only love between and man and a woman is okay. My youngest daughter is gay, she is no more a sinner than the majority of church goers I know. My abounding love for my two daughters is unconditional regardless of their sexual orientation. I readily accept we are all different but is that a good enough reason to discriminate”. Not in my book it isn’t. Sorry Sally Army your kettle will see no coins from me this or any other Christmas until you do what you claim to be doing. Loving all God’s children.
Wishing everyone a very Happy and Gay Christmas.