For or Against?

14724498_10157594211435113_4623695507832864461_nI like this meme by John Pavlovitz: It gets to the heart of something that always troubles me when I’m labelled as an ally of one group or another…

It is true that we are called by our faith to make a special effort to support those who are not empowered, no matter who they are. And, this is a central concept within my own ministry and in my day to day existence.

But the problem has always been that people tend to view someone who is “for” some group or cause as being against something else. Nothing could be farther from the truth.

Just because I am very active in my support for LGBTQ rights, Black Lives Matter, Justice for the Palestinians, Native American Rights, or Gun Regulation does NOT mean I am against heterosexuals, whites, police, Jews, or the rights of gun owners.

All it means is that I recognize that the status quo is harmful to some people, and that I must support them in their efforts to change things; so that they have the opportunity to enjoy the same level of freedom, respect, peace and prosperity as their neighbors do.

I believe all people are loved by God, and so we are called to love all people for who they are, just as they are: no exceptions, no prerequisites, no agendas.

The hard part is loving people you don’t like…

…but then again, the Bible doesn’t promise that any of this is easy!

Author: Allen

A would-be historian turned IT Professional who responded to the call to the Ministry, and is now focused on social justice and community service. He is the proud father of a daughter and son, and enjoys life with his wife near Boston. You can follow Pastor Allen on Facebook at

2 thoughts on “For or Against?”

  1. In my opinion, religious opposition to same-sex marriage is valid. However, as long as same-sex marriage has legal recognition, county clerks should abide by the law that grants same-sex couples equal marriages, fight from a legal standpoint to legally define marriage as between a man and a woman or resign from their office. You can’t pick and choose which laws you follow and which laws you will not, even if the law is inconvenient in your opinion.


  2. I am for same-sex marriage being legally recognized. Personally, what people do within the confines of their own homes is none of society’s business. Some people may claim that homosexuality is a sin, however, if God did not have it in his plan to create gays or lesbians, why would he do it?


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