Christian, While You’ve Been Busy Bothering Gay People…

Great words

john pavlovitz

m0411protest- Members of Westboro Baptist Church protested Drake Law School's same-sex marriage symposium Saturday morning and met a large counter-protest organized by Drake students. Sara Phelps, grandaughter to Pastor Fred Phelps, gets her message out during the event. Mary Chind/The Des Moines Register


I see how angry you are, how consumed you are, how relentless you are, how myopic you’ve grown, how bitter you’ve become—and it saddens me.

It grieves me deeply to see you doing what you’re doing; what you’ve been doing.

I’m not sure how you ended up thinking that this was somehow your most noble calling or what good you believe you’re accomplishing or exactly what your end game is, but I hope you hear me because I am telling you in respect and with compassion and in love:

You’re wasting daylight here.
You’re squandering precious breaths.
You’re fighting a battle that you can’t win and weren’t asked to win anyway.

Changing someone’s sexual orientation is simply not your business.
It’s out of your jurisdiction.
It’s way above your pay grade.
It’s far beyond your control.

And yet Christian, because there is so much that is within your control, here is some unsolicited, but hopefully useful advice for you with whatever precious, fleeting moments you have left on…

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