I 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!