Just a couple of weeks ago Drew Brees participated in the Bring Your Bible to School Campaign that was backed by an organization who has supported politicians that have made snide statements about the LGBTQ community.
Some of the people within the organization have talked openly about conversion therapy. I don’t need to get into to all those details.
Upon hearing about that, the first person I called was someone I didn’t get along with in high school because we fundamentally didn’t agree on many things especially same sex marriages or even partnerships. I still remember when we were 14 and this person made a very ignorant statement about the LGBTQ community.
That person also happens to be one of my favorite people to discuss religion and politics with today despite there still being fundamental differences in our beliefs. That is why I called him. I wanted to hear his thoughts on preaching a quality message (bringing your bible to school, freedom of religion) backed by an organization who seems to condemn one version of sinners more than the next. Meaning they openly condemn LGBTQ and put them on a pedestal while ignoring sins such as infidelity.
By calling this person, we spent the next 30 minutes discussing similar topics on complex situations.
The friend that I’m referring to is from a different religion, race and upbringing. Just because you don’t agree or come from different places doesn’t mean you can’t love and appreciate one another.
I called him because I know he thinks differently than I do and I appreciate that. I make sure to let him know that every chance I get. Surround yourself with people who can have those conversation and will challenge you on them. You can’t break away from being simple minded if all you do is surround yourself with people who only think like you.
“The man who views the world the same at 50 the same he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.” – Muhammad Ali Thanks for coming to my Ted Talk.