At a party yesterday with the TV on, an American Idol commercial played and Ellen was on it. Someone there told me a short story about how he used to watch AI and then review the show long distance with a grown child. He loved to do it, but can't anymore because now Ellen is a judge. When I asked why, "I just cannot do it with her open lesbianism, I've read articles where she details her joy in her marriage to another woman, I just can't watch it." I responded that I really like Ellen, and that pretty much ended the conversation.
But this has left me with much to think about. Ellen will never know if I watch her talk show or not (I don't - I work and I don't TiVo it) or American Idol, I do like the CoverGirl commercials she's done, but how do I and should I, as a Christ follower, respond? How do you respond? I think the issue could be much more black and white if the contents of said shows were obviously wrong, but I don't think they are.
A brief list of some of the things I know:
- God loves Ellen DeGeneres.
- Ellen is an admitted lesbian.
- The Bible, to many, seems clear on lesbianism being wrong.
- The Bible is also clear on many things I do being wrong - even things I like to do.
- God, being the ultimate Good cannot look on sin, cannot abide when darkness is, evidenced when Jesus was on the cross.
- In one of those strange paradoxes that only God seems to be able to do, He does look at us, and love us, even when we are so broken in our sin, He still draws us, woos us and redeems us.
- I know God loves and pursues me, even in all my brokenness. He doesn't look away.
- We are supposed to learn and grow and be more and more like Jesus as God heals us.
- We are supposed to avoid evil, avoid doing wrong, repent what God is pointing to in our lives.
- Jesus said to take care of ourselves and stop judging where someone else is at. (Luke 6:40-42)
- I don't think Jesus would have EVER said that, 'I just can't watch this, I can't look at, I can't stand this person.'
- It's awful hard to love on someone when you aren't looking at them, can't see them, and don't care to.
Because that's what I want to do.
(*** IMPORTANT NOTE: This is NOT a post on whether or not homosexuality is right or wrong. This is a post about trying to discern how God, who loves each of us unconditionally, wants us to respond to and love the people group with which we have the most issue - whatever it may be.)