This morning, I listened to a Conservative Christian State Senator from Utah explain how he had changed his position on the rights of LGBT people. He had moved from disregarding their rights to respecting them.
Interestingly, he said that he hadn’t actually changed his Christian values. He had simply realised that he wasn’t living the values he was espousing, and that allowed him to see the rights of LGBT people differently.
His insight came when he remembered that Jesus had said ‘love your neighbour’ – without qualification.
That meant that as a Christian, although he might not agree with his neighbour’s behaviour, beliefs or sexual orientation, he was obliged to love them and respect their rights.
Are you living your values or just pushing them in the interests of your group of like-minded friends?
Something to think about, no matter what set of values you might have.
Peter Mulraney is a creative writer from Australia. He is the author of the Inspector West crime series, the Living Alone series of self-help books for men, Sharing the Journey: Reflections of a Reluctant Mystic and The New Girlfriend. He has also published colouring books and journals under the Sharing the Journey banner.