Jesus Wasn’t Big on Tolerance

by Camille on October 12, 2013

Today, the Mid-South PRIDE Parade and Festival is in my hometown of Memphis. See HERE for details. In support of the LGBT community, the Marin Foundation, a group working to build bridges between the LGBT community and the Church, will join the event with the I’m Sorry Campaign.

Gay Pride

The campaign seeks to provide an opportunity for Christians to reach out to our brothers and sisters in a tangible way with an apology for the way the Church has treated the LGBT community over the years. According to the site, the mission is to

  • commit to listening to the stories of others and seek to understand
  • strive to make things better for the LGBT community
  • join the celebration and affirm God’s love for everyone

This. is. AWESOME.

I can’t be there today, but to any who read this who have been hurt by Christians, I’d like to officially say,

I’m sorry. God loves you exactly the way you are. I love you, and I will fight for your rights. And because I love the Church too, I will do all I can to be a voice for understanding, reconciliation, and healing.

A friend on Facebook put it best this morning, so I’m just going to share the words of the brilliant Mr. Jonathan Hill:

I’m not too big on tolerance. When it comes to relationships or any dealings with people, tolerance shouldn’t really have a place in the Christian faith. It seems to me tolerance is the very least you can do. … I loved seeing my old friends tonight. I tolerated the drive to get there. Does that make sense? Am I explaining myself in a good way? Jesus never said, “look man, when people seem weird or wrong to you, just deal with it man. Just tolerate them.” He clearly said to love and not merely tolerate. In fact he basically said “Oh you love you friends? So. Big freakin deal, who doesn’t? I’m telling you to love your enemies!” So, love the people that love you and love the people who hate you. That pretty much covers everyone. The entirety of mankind is shelved between those two bookends. Ideological, political, religious, social, economical, racial, cultural differences… whatever, it’s covered. Not tolerance. Love. Love does not mean saying and thinking “yeah I love those people.” It means doing things that show it. Without the doing, then what of it? What is it? What is it worth? … 

I’m thinking of the Pride Rally on Beale street tomorrow. I hate hate hate I can’t be there with my friends from the I’m Sorry campaign. I applaud them for their act of humility, and love as they tolerate the 40% chance of rain.

 

Yes, Yes, YES! This. I can’t add anything of worth to these beautiful words, so I’d just like to say if you’re going to be in Memphis today, grab your rain gear and go show some LOVE!

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Mickey October 19, 2013 at 11:08 pm

This post is so beautiful, Camille. I read it to my family, and we discussed it at length. (We all want to know who Jonathan Hill is so we can give him a high five!) It is difficult to admit, but there are times when I don’t want to bow my head in public or let anyone who doesn’t know me well know that I am a Christian because I don’t want to be equated with the people who are so hateful towards those who don’t fit their mold. Thank you for your integrity and courage. I’m so proud to call you my sister.

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Camille October 21, 2013 at 11:31 am

Thanks Mickey! :-) Jonathan Hill is a member of my faith community, Neighborhood Church. He’s one cool guy. I really appreciate your kind words and hope you and your beautiful family are well.

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