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Now That We’ve Found Love…

Now That We’ve Found Love…

Feb 3
2016
Greetings Sisters and Brothers of the Heart!
Here we are already! After what feels like just yesterday we were celebrating a brand new year, we find ourselves staring down at the dawn of the second month of the year, February. This is the month of African American Heritage; Heart Health Awareness; Super Bowl; Valentine’s Day; Presidents Day; the Grammy Awards; the LICF anniversary (Happy Fourteenth by the way); and on occasion, Lent. Yet, despite all of these wonderful opportunities for acknowledgement, my mind is insistently focusing on the day specifically set aside to celebrate love -Valentine’s Day. And what makes this Valentine’s Day so special is that now that the shadows of love have been brightened by the light of marriage equality, we are free to redirect our energies to long neglected justice causes.
For many years, starting in 2001,Valentine’s Day had been a day of action. Hundreds of same-sex couples across the country would go to their local city halls or courthouses and request marriage licenses — only to be turned away. Asking for something we couldn’t get was an act of protest forming part of an annual day of “Marriage Counter Actions” in support of same-sex marriage. It was an excellent strategy attributed to the Saint for whom Valentine’s Day is named – a martyr for marriage. Moreover, because of the efforts of Valentine’s soldiers thousands of years ago, blacks and whites fifty years ago and gays and lesbians as recent as last year (2015), it has been demonstrated that neither religious authorities nor the government have ever succeeded in legislating with whom people fall in love with and marry.
So, “now that we’ve found love” so to speak, I dare to suggest that there is still anexpectation for Lesbians and Gays to be carriers of the “Divine Valentine” to theworld with a message of love. Even more, if we agree that love truly makes a difference, we who are Lesbian or Gay most certainly must not rest in our victory of marriage equality with a sense of “Homonationalism” – i.e. the belief that gay people are politically united by sexual orientation. No longer can we ignore: Trans women murdered weekly; abuse of Trans and queer people in immigration detention; gender-non conforming women fired from teaching or school bus driver jobs; Black queers followed by security at malls or stopped while driving; or the young Trans or queer kid of color harassed by “respectable” white queers and cops alike. Why?
(1 John 4:19-21) ” …because God loved us first. Whoever says, “I love God,” but hates another is a liar. People who don’t love others, whom they have seen, can’t love God, whom they have not seen. Christ has given us this commandment: The person who loves God must also love others.”
After all, every LGBT person must be allowed to feel like a full citizen of this country.
Yours in love….Reverend Gale Jones, Pastor

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