GLTB---you are seeing these 4 letters everywhere—and if you have not figured it out yet or had it explained—it stands for Gay, Lesbian, Transgender and Bi-sexual. This sexual orientation preference and demands for equal rights and acceptance has created a hot topic in many areas---especially CHURCH, and more specifically, the Catholic Church.
Because Pope Francis made the statement—‘who am I to judge’, many think the door will open for GLTB to be accepted and recognized by the Catholic Faith. Before addressing this statement—why don’t we first look at the rest of the alphabet shall we?
A-adulterer, agitator, angry abuser, addicted to sources of comfort,
B-blasphemer, basking in your glory, belittler
C-condemner, controller, curser, criticizer
D-divorced, devious underhanded planner, denier, disobedient, disrespectful
E-Envier, Enkindler of fires
F-Fornicator, fabricator, false witness, fearful, fault finder
G-Gay and Gossip spreader, gluttony,
I--Idolater, Inciter, and Indignation over others wrong doing.
J-jealousy, jumping to conclusions, judger
K-killer of people, and dreams, joy, peace,
L-liar, lesbian, lusting, lukewarm, laziness, licentiousness (look it up, I am too lazy )
M-Masticator, Murderer, masterminder,
N-Nasty, Non comforting, non-loving
O-Out of control, out of mercy, out of pity, out of patience, out of compassion
P- Perpertrator, penny pencher, passive, porn lover
Q-Quick to Judge and condemn, Quick to complain, whine, and give up
R-Racist, Rumor spreader, rapist
S-Self centered, sinner, self righteous, selfish, sexist
T-Terrorist, Tripper-upper, teaser bully
U-Unrepenter, Unreliable, untrustworthy,
V-Vanity, vehement spewer of hate,
W-Womanizer or woman disrespector, worrier, whiner,
X-Xrated speaker, viewer of all things xrated
Y-Yellow cowardly person, (scraping the bottom with that one.)
Z-Zealous-not, zipped up and unapproachable due to deep hurts (if we think sin as something that is killing us then when we keep walls built around us—it is not good.)
Truth be told the list of sinful behavior, or disobedient behavior could go on and on. Why don’t we just stand St. Michael at the doors of the church with a sin detector, or a detector of hard hearts that will alarm when anyone passes by? Only a child age 4 and under or a demented old person, a mentally impaired person, i.e. people who no longer can be held accountable for their actions would be attending church. As for the rest of us, alarms would be going off left and right as we approach the doors. Oh, most of us do not walk around with mortal sins on our souls—but if you are alive, you have done something, somewhere that has hurt another, God or yourself. Case in point—I am overweight and still enjoy eating good tasting food when I am not hungry and my body does not need those extra calories. So, essentially I am a slow destroyer of the temple I am, which is also weighed down with guilt and despair. See the little things can pile up and become BIG or Mortal for my life is in danger.
If—you get agitated because someone is interrupting your time on television, the phone, or even reading etc—you are an idolater, because it and you are more important than caring for others.
If we checked out our attitude on a moment by moment basis—we would have to be humming that M. Jackson song—“A, B, C,” to make sure stinking thinking is not on board. Essentially, WE are all imperfect humans.
What God wants to say to us, through this blog, “you are all my children, created by Me for a purpose and part of My plan on this earth. Leave the judging, the cleansing, the purifying, and the discipline to Me—I will do the convicting and the changing of hearts—you are just to love as I have loved you. Oh and one more thing, leave all the stones at the door, maybe we can build another church out of them.”
If there would be one more comment from this human about who should come or not come through the church doors—it would be scantily clad, revealing dressed, tight fitting clothed people that can cause others to sin by looking at them. We come to glorify God and not our bodies—think about it. (But then again whenever anyone is in church no matter the dress or if we deem them OKAY—they will hearing the Word of God, be in His Presence and hopefully feel loved and accepted—and the rest is in His Hands.) Let me hope and pray that I don’t come with a heart that has little love or too revealing of my true nature—huh?