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When we look at gay marriage, we cringe in disgust,
the Bible has taught us that it's wrong...that it's a sin.

And if it truly is a sin, like we believe,
than why do we treat same sex-couples so...horrendously ?

We often say “hate the sin, love the sinner”,
but I think we go about the wrong way of doing that.

The bible tells us to love our enemies, but I think
we tend to disregard the fact.

If you steal from me, and I steal from you, then we're both sinners,
but we forgive and forget, and transform into winners.

Why can't we do the same for the man who marries his husband,
or the woman who ends the life of her unborn child?

We often say, “Hate the sin, and love the sinner”
But I think what you mean is, “Hate the sin, and hate the sinner.”
But according to your logic, we should be hating one another.
When did the bible become a pick-and-chose deal?

You say the Old Testament, but Jesus came and changed,
what that was about, and retaught us how to behave.

He fought for the sinners, the blind and the lame,
he fought for the outcast, the minorities and the shamed.

But hypocrites, I tell you, you've become the majority,
and with every word you speak, you nail the hands of Authority

To the wooden cross, to hang and stay,
and die a painful death in three days.

And since Christ has not come back, He works through us,
and through Him we must spread His joy and love.

Don't call yourself Christians if you cannot do that,
because Jesus loved the sinners, I’m sure of that.

But call yourself Christians, if you can love like me,
and we'll accept that we're all sinner and that's how it will be.

My teachers often said, “All suffering is the same in the eyes of God.”
So we're in this together, no matter the race, or orientation or anything odd.

Behold, the Kingdom of God is here with us here; hidden in plain sight, a jewel on Earth,
and as brothers in sisters, we'll indulge in it's mirth.
We are children of God, open your eyes don't you see,
so do not call yourself a Christian if you cannot agree with me.
First let me clarify what the last lines means: "We are children of God, open your eyes don't you see,

so do not call yourself a Christian if you cannot agree with me." 

What I mean is if you cannot agree that we're all Children of God, than you can't call yourself a Christian, you just can't. Face it, if in Christ, a gay man, a lesbian woman, they're your brothers in sisters. If you're going to put your ferocity in how much you hate them, than why not put that same ferocity in your love for them. 

A couple of videos that inspired my poem : 

www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKDCCF… -> Prince of Egypt 
www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pLCDn… Hunchback of Notre Dame

Even if you're not religious, I recommend you watching them both, but more importantly, the 2nd link. That was the inspiration for this mostly. 

As usual, this poem consist of many voices. Whether you believe that being gay, bi, trans, lesbian , or having an abortion is a sin, than that's your opinion. I don't think being gay is a sin. 

Tell me what you think, please be respectful. 

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:iconamylee23:
Amylee23 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015   Artist
I dont see anything wrong with Gay marriage or lesbians..good thing I dont think of it as a sin. This is Amazing
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:iconlidsworth:
lidsworth Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Neither do I, thank you for the comment. 
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Amylee23 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015   Artist
You´re welcome
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kevinkamondo Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Student Artist
I love this one so much, this is so awesome! I have always supported GLBT, and I asked myself if that was wrong and Christ hates that. But later it led me to a thought, that would Christ be happy if we hate the GLBT, treat them harshly as if they are not human and call them "sinners"? Of course He wouldn't. Besides, I don't think gay, or lesbian are sins. They are still love. 

p.s: But what do you think, when I say I'm a trans man, and also a gay? I'm a sinner as well, aren't I?
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ExaltGod Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015
Question: in your last 2 lines, are you saying that everyone is a child of God, or that only all saved people are children of God?
Because the Bible pretty clearly teaches that not everyone is a child of God--John 8:44, Galatians 3:26, Romans 8:12-17, etc.
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:iconlidsworth:
lidsworth Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
I believe everyone is a child of God, the bible contradicts itself on this, so there's no point of me looking up the verses. God made us all in his image, we're all his children. 
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ExaltGod Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015
Show me the verses that you think say that everyone is a child of God automatically and we can discuss them.
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ThatOneNekoGFX Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I get this feeling way too much, as I'm a gay christian who goes to church on a regular basis...
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:iconlidsworth:
lidsworth Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
I feel ya. Thanks for the comment. 
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asdfmovienerd39 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014
My opinion is that homosexuals  should be treated just as good as straight people but shouldn't be treated better. We should  always be treated equally.
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lidsworth Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
true. 
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asdfmovienerd39 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015
Specifically what I said about homosexuals getting treated better than straight people is especially true with my school. But, hey, better than treating them badly. I just don't think its fair my girlfriend and I get jumped onto for showing public displays of affection, when homosexuals can do basically whatever they want.
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lidsworth Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Yeah, I see where you're coming from. 
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asdfmovienerd39 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015
I'm expecting a bunch of idiots to jump at me and call me a homophobe now.
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ask-theangelofsouls Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015
Ogoleithus: I would chime in with my two cents, but that's none of my business 
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asdfmovienerd39 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015
I'm serious, I posted a journal about this and literally all the comments were just people yelling at me and calling me homophobe. So many in fact I had to make a separate journal explaining how I wasn't a homophobe.
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ask-theangelofsouls Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015
Ogoleithus: I know that 
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CookieMilkShake Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014
Indeed. I don't care if one is straight, gay, bi, or asexual, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Atheist, Buddhist, Hindu, or even Pagan. It's their choice, none of my business, and I'll judge by their character if they're a good or bad person. If someone's a straight Christian who treats me like crap, then I don't want to be friends with them. If someone's a gay Atheist and they treat me like a friend, then yeah, I want to be their friend. It doesn't matter their sexuality nor their religion, it's what's on the inside.
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:iconlidsworth:
lidsworth Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
True! Thanks for the comment! 
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:iconcookiemilkshake:
CookieMilkShake Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015
Np. owo
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Spottedclawlovescats Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014   Digital Artist
I'm a Christian and I say that gay is ok.  I'm happy for whoever is gay and loves it, or straight and loves it. Who knows? being gay is probably great, but I'm not gay, so who am I to judge? yup :3 Keep loving cats
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lidsworth Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Agreed, thank you. 
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Spottedclawlovescats Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015   Digital Artist
:3
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ADopeyDreamer Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
while i agree with what you say, i think as Christians we should HELP homosexuals out of their sin and i agree that we should be loving towards them, but if we truly love them then we will lovingly help them out of their sin. Not leave them in it.
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lidsworth Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
i see where you're coming from, though i think it depends on the Christian. 
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YourTurtleLordship Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I have never found being gay a sin (i'm bisexual so...) I'm a christian who is bisexual, i hate the sin and love the sinners.

My theory on gays is

If you love someone, same sex or not, and they return your love, then you should be together. No matter what others say.
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lidsworth Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
true!
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InsanelyCute Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
It is not easy to be Christian. It is even harder when someone is homosexual. I understand that you try to come to terms. But like many you've created your own Feel-Good-Gospel that is tailored to your needs. This is what bothers me, not the LGBT subject. You have done so to such an extend that you deny those who do not agree with you being Christians. No matter how you justify this, it is taking self-righteousness to a whole new level. "...so do not call yourself a Christian if you cannot agree with me." Honestly...!

There are at least two quotes in the Bible (NT) that tell you not to tolerate or even accept EVERYTHING. You are neither supposed to embrace the sin nor the sinner. Why should you?!

No human is perfect, or without sin, nobody knows everything. That is why people are not meant to condemn someone (this is God's job - just like deciding who IS a Christian and who isn't) but we are ordered to judge. Actually, we all do so every day many times instinctively to protect our lives from harm. In this case we should do it to spiritually protect ourselves - the minds first and by doing so, our souls.
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lidsworth Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
All in all, as Christians, you're supposed to hate the sin, love the sinner. That's what this is getting at. That's what actual Christians are called to do. 
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InsanelyCute Featured By Owner Edited Oct 27, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Hello lidsworth!

Where does the Bible tell you to love the sinner? You should practice altruism and be charitable. Perfection wasn't the criteria, if it was, no-one would be dealing with anyone anymore. That does not mean we should have relations to everyone. There are at least two quotes who tell you not to. These are the most famous, I guess: 2 Timothy 3:1 - 9 and Ephesians 5:11. But there is also Romans 1:28 - 32 and 1 Corinthians 5:9. And I am quite sure there are more.

Jesus released the adulterous woman with "I do not condemn you, either." But He also said. " Go. From now on sin no more." Which means - for all of us! -  to stop doing what is wrong, and sometimes to completely change one's life. Making excuses you are not doing people with an unholy lifestyle a favour since you convey a false feeling of securement - doing drugs, doing ganster, binge drinking, violence, gambling, whoring ect. are plain wrong and not tolerable. You may have the best of intentions but instead of helping them you drive them deeper into their misery. And apart from the religious (the body containing the soul is holy and not to be polluted or damaged) and moral point of view these things are hazardous not only to these people's lifes but also to those of their social surrounding. And probably to you, too. Don't forget:

1 Corinthians 15:33
Don't be fooled by those who say such things, for "bad company corrupts good character."

Greetings and all the best from InsanelyCute

PS: Sorry for the late answer. My pc is crap.
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Jayceel Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014   Traditional Artist
exaltgod.deviantart.com/art/Wh…

that is all I have to say to this.
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lidsworth Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I love God's people, sinners included. Thus I love God. Hating accomplishes nothing. 
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SaveDaArt Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like that!
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Jayceel Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014   Traditional Artist
I'm glad :D (Big Grin) you should really check out some of her other stamps.

honestly though, what is up with the skewed Christian values these days? you'd think we'd all be on the same page.
then this guy says' don't call yourself a Christian' because what? we actually FOLLOW the bible? utter nonsense..
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:iconlidsworth:
lidsworth Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Firstly, I'm a girl, not a guy. And I'm not saying you have to accept gay marriage, or gays, just don't treat them like they're the scum of the earth. they're not. 
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Jayceel Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014   Traditional Artist
there's a HUGE difference between 'treating them like they're the scum of the earth'(which I never did anything of the sort) and condemning a sin.
it is because I love them that I speak against it.

'Open rebuke is better than secret love' Proverbs 27:5

'He that rebuketh a man afterwards shall find more favour than he that flattereth with the tongue.' Proverbs 28:23

'You shall not hate your brother in your heart: you shall in any wise rebuke your neighbor, and not suffer sin on him.' Leviticus 19:17

'He that spares his rod hates his son: but he that loves him chastens him betimes.'  Proverbs 13:24

'For whom the LORD loves he corrects; even as a father the son in whom he delights' Proverbs 3:12

I hate no one, (I don't know if I have it in my heart to truly hate anyone) I suppose the term 'love the sinner, hate the sin' could be applied here. but, I won't be silenced from speaking the Lords Word, nor spreading the gospel.

(and in relation to your other comment, we're all sinners. I love God and therefor I love his Word)






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BoxxMannDA Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
let me say this you are amazing I wish I had motivation to write like this
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lidsworth Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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BoxxMannDA Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Your very welcome
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SaveDaArt Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Being a Christian doesn't mean putting up with everything.
Yes we are to love everyone but that doesn't mean to accept and love whatever they do.
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lidsworth Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Yes, however, many Christians are ignoring the "love" everyone part. That's mainly who this is for. 
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Jayceel Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014   Traditional Artist
thank you!
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comic321 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
God teaches us to love everyone. I don't why alot of us got it twisted and started using Christianity as an excuse to hate people, whether they're Atheiest, Gay/Lesbian, etc. I mean, we can't judge others' based on their lives. That's  not our call. That's God's. And whether people beleive it or not, God does love EVERYONE. Although people like the Westboro Baptist Church don't really help prove that, considering that they hate just about everything and everyone...
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lidsworth Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
True, WBC does hate everyone. I watched a documentary about children in the WBC, it's so sad. Thank you for your comment. 
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Mercy4You2Live0 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful! Religion is now being passed down to us you might say, its fate rest in the hands of the children of the Earth.. If this is the case, then i think we will agree that many rules are out-dated; some can argue that The Bible is completely useless, but thats not the case..I think we are going to see a dawn of a new age here, where people like us can highlight Mercy and Love; and fairly do so, cause isnt that the point.. They call it Heaven,but it wont be unless we are all there.
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lidsworth Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you! 
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Mercy4You2Live0 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:D lol np
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segura2112 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Although I'm not Christian I think this is a beautiful and powerful piece. Thank You
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lidsworth Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
no problem, i'm glad you liked it. 
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Helmet798 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014
This is one concept I am continuing to learn and apply. The first step to loving your enemies is to be humble and say that I've been there and done that. I may have grown up Christian, but I have fallen short of the glory of God many times, failing to control my temper, failing to control my lustful desires, failing to reign in my ego. And yet God gives me so much Grace, that it doesn't matter. And that Grace gives me the power to change my heart.
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