FUSE55 — Walk with love in your heart

DO YOU BELIEVE LOVE IS A VERB.

Like all people, I have many beliefs. I believe in equality for all people, I believe the way we farm animals for food is unconscionably cruel and like 65% of other Australians, I believe that religion has caused more harm than good in our world. I believe that people who are fearful can cause great harm to others and that people who act with love in their hearts can do extraordinary things.

Some of these things you may believe as well, some you may not. But at the end of the day, they don’t make me a better or worse person. What matters is what I do, and that’s what defines me.

For instance, if I believe in global warming but go on with my days without doing something about it, what I believe doesn’t matter.

It’s been a painful and difficult year for the Australian LGBTIQ community. Like many of us before, we are persecuted by some people for simply being ourselves.

Conservative Christians say they believe in love but act in completely contradictory ways, as we’ve unfortunately learnt during the same-sex marriage postal vote. It makes me wonder if these people actually know what love is.

I believe that if any person truly walks with love in their heart, they can’t help but take delight in another person’s happiness and can’t help but act accordingly. Actual love is always true and constant in its purpose and can do no harm.

I don’t think for a moment that every LGBTIQ person is perfect. Like all humans, we are also imperfect — but the hypocrisy of the ‘No Camp’ is staggering. They talk about the virtues of being Christian while preaching hate, handing out literature telling people homosexuality is a dangerous mental disorder and comparing same-sex attraction to child abuse. Apart from being absolute lies (not very Christian), I’m astounded that these people would even contemplate throwing stones when their churches are made from glass.

Even the Daily Telegraph posted an article about the ‘No Camp’ saying, “They’re lying. They’re manipulating situations. They’re relying on shocking double standards and contradictions.” And that’s from the Telegraph!

It is important for all of us to walk with love in our hearts and to remember that it’s our actions more so than our words that matter. Henry Drummond famously said, “You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have really lived are the moments when you have done things in a spirit of love.”

You can believe in love, but true love is an action, not just words and thoughts.

Alex

Tags: Gay Men, Lesbian

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