25 vs 28 vs love.

Below I posted a link about the Day of Silence that’s coming up on the 25.  Also added to that post is a link about the Golden Rule, which comes along side of the Day of Silence, asking Christians alike to help end the senseless attacks on homosexuals teens by carrying out the words of JESUS – love your neighbor.

The Golden Rule isn’t asking to embrace the lifestyle of homosexuality, rather to embrace the person – just as JESUS would.  It’s simple.  Profound.  Greatly needed.  Affirmative.

While I was google-ing around the net, I came accross another Christian campaign, called the Day of Truth, which will be hosted on April 28.  The entire premise of this campaign is to expose the lies of the Day of Silence:

The Day of Truth was established to counter the promotion of the homosexual agenda and express an opposing viewpoint from a Christian perspective.

The Day of Truth is scheduled for April 28, 2008. This is three days after GLSEN (The Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network) will sponsor the “Day of Silence.” GLSEN’s Day of Silence encourages students to remain silent throughout the day. It is part of their overall strategy to change how our society perceives homosexual behavior. But the Day of Silence is a misnomer, because what is truly being silenced is the Truth

Something is wrong.  I don’t understand.

I think every campaign – Christian or non-Christian – has an agenda.  And yes, I am sure that many will participate in the Day of Silence and come away thinking some kosher thoughts about homosexuality.  Will the day be slanted?  Maybe.  But does that mean our Christian society has to blacklist the main point of this day?  All agenda’s aside, I think one of the main points of the Day of Silence is to bring awareness that students are getting killed, attacked, threatened in school because of their sexual orientation.  This campaign is asking for action to stop the negative/costly reaction against homosexual teens.

As a former teen who was ‘out and about’ in my high school, and as one who has received death threats from other students, I applaud this action.  I know what it feels like to be harassed at school – especially by ‘Bible-thumping-Christians’ who sooner condemn me to hell than speak about GOD’S salvation.  I know what it feels like to be called ‘Faggot’ instead of using your real name.  I know what it feels like to be the blunt of jokes, to have things be thrown at you because you walk weird, to have people imitate you’re ‘gayish-voice’ so dramatically that you’re afraid to speak in front of the class some days.  I know what students go through … and I’m sick of it.  I missed too many school days because of ignorance, and I experienced too many suicide attempts because of the suppressed pain.  ‘Safe places’ are hard to find when you’re a gay teenager – if home and school are dangerous places, where else can they go to be safe … the streets?

As I’m writing this, the question that keeps coming up within me is this: where’s the churches ‘day of silence’?  Where’s the churches response to the hate going on in schools, especially towards gay students?  Granite there’s the Golden Rule … but why has it taken so long for the Golden Rule of CHRIST to peek it’s head?  Why weren’t Christians the first to respond to this crisis … why are we always the last ones to show up?

For a day, can we look past our differences and respond in love?  Can we, for one day, be the church that upholds the identity of CHRIST, and not a people that hold up protest signs?

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2 responses to “25 vs 28 vs love.

  1. Shawn – I certainly agree and am glad you mentioned the Golden Rule Initiative. Some students are planning to do both – remain silent and pass out pledges to abide the Golden Rule. My prayer is that the heart of Christ for reconciliation will be clear.

  2. It is just plain silly for anyone to assert that “the Day of Silence is a misnomer, because what is truly being silenced is the Truth”. Give me a break! How does it “silence the truth” to say NO to bullying, name-calling and violence against gay kids?

    I echo Shawn’s question: “Where’s the church’s response to the hate going on in schools, especially towards gay students? Granted, there’s the Golden Rule … but why has it taken so long for the Golden Rule of CHRIST to peek it’s head? Why weren’t Christians the first to respond to this crisis … why are we always the last ones to show up?

    I am afraid that they are the last to show up because they are afraid — fearful that people will think they are “pro-gay” if they are anti-hate.

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