General Manager, Host of Apostles That Rock
First of all, let me say before I begin, that I am not your normal General Manager of an online Christian radio station. Second, I am an activist for love and harmony among all people, both black and white, gay and straight and everyone between. If this upsets you in any way, then please do not continue reading. If you want someone that supports you, then click READ MORE to continue. Thanks.
As I sit here at 3 am, I start looking at my emails. It's not that I can't sleep, I just have a lot on my mind. Already, what I feared would happen, has come true. I am getting death threats from people all over the U.S. because Apostles That Rock Radio (including myself) posted a music video from music artist, Trey Pearson. The video entitled, "Silver Horizon", shows two scenes, one in a church and the other, an apartment. In both scenes, there's two guys kissing. Personally, I am not offended whatsoever by the action of two people kissing, whether male or female. It's a part of common nature for two people, who are in love to do.
Trey Pearson is an inspiring artist, who's music captivates both the young and old. Pearson is a straight forward musician, thinking outside the box. About his recent video, I was actually hesitant for a minute on whether I should post something so controversial to so many people who don't support same-sex marriages or unions. But I believe in love. Love is what connects and binds people together.
What offends me is how someone could hate someone else's love, especially for someone of the same sex. We've all heard the science portion of same sex in other species of animals on earth. Not one of them, not one of them, argues about same-sex attraction nor do they fight or get offended. It's just nature. Yet, when it comes to two human beings, conservatives and evangelicals become offended and start talking negatively about LGBT+ people and how much it is a sin to be gay or even think you're gay.
I have to put my foot down here. I'm tired of seeing all the negativity around me. From my perspective as a leader in this part of the Christian community, Christ would never want us to turn people away from God. Yet, that is what many are doing in the church, turning people away. You preach love one minute and then you're eating lobster the next. You preach against homosexuality, yet you're wearing a wool blend/polyester suit driving a Mercedes with leather interior. We can be so hypocritical about what two guys are doing in the privacy of their bedroom, but we won't say anything about the gay choir director, because he sounds good and the music is good. Do me a huge favor, and take every church song that's been written by someone that's gay, toss them out and then let's see what your service looks like next Sunday. This is a view that is supported by many other people, including pastors that I know. Below, I have posted a video of a message by Pastor Dewey Smith, Senior Pastor/Teacher of The House of Hope Atlanta and The House of Hope Macon in Georgia.
I know I'm preaching to the choir here, but why get so offended by someone else's sin when you have sins all of your own? You see, I believe in people. I believe harmony. I believe in LOVE. And that's what this life is all about. Life is interesting. How we live our lives in front of others and for others, I believe, helps to determine our destiny. Our vision of being inclusive will become stronger, if only we will LOVE. We have to be willing to let LOVE guide us forward into a direction that God wants for us. Don't just LOVE because Jesus said to, LOVE because it is the right thing to do. Don't LOVE someone because of a scripture, LOVE people, and yourself, so you can create harmony with others. That should always be our goal for our lives.
I want to close with this:
LOVE yourself first + LOVING others = Creating a balance for LOVING life and cherishing those moments that help to connect us all as one people.