While I continue trying to get on top of things around here (they’ve been a little more than hectic since the “Brave Teen” post), I hope you don’t mind if I share another response (this one quite different) that came in response to I’m Christian, unless you’re gay.
When I first published that blog post, you may remember this paragraph from it:
“Today’s post is not about homosexuality. It’s not about Christians. It’s not about religion. It’s not about politics. It’s about something else altogether. Something greater. Something simpler. It’s about love.”
Yet for some reason, that part was quickly forgotten by many of the commenters and a lot of unloving and even hateful debate ensued. It got so bad with the “Brave Teen” response that I eventually felt a need to disable the comments on that post altogether.
But, a lot of people definitely did get it, too. Since I first published I’m Christian, unless you’re gay in November, I’ve shared several responses that have come in its aftermath. Many hearts have been touched by the stories and pleas that have come in from brave individuals.
I have been floored by the things people have shared, but I don’t know if any of them have hit me the way one man’s did.
His name is James Geiger. I met him a few days ago after he posted a link onto my SDL Facebook wall to a video diary that he made. It was called, “My response to “I’m Christian, unless you’re gay.” I had a lot going on at the moment, but I for some reason felt a need to click on it. I am so glad I did.
James is a 27 year old good looking guy from Tampa, FL. He also happens to have Cerebral Palsy. This is what he had to say after watching my live reading of I’m Christian, unless you’re gay. Please take a moment to watch it, all the way to the end.
Man oh man. I shouldn’t have watched that again while putting this post together. James, I love you brother.
I am listening to you. And you have some beautiful things to say…
“Look at the heart. Look at the mind…. When you really listen to people, and listen to the words that they are saying, then you’ll get to the heart of the person.”
“What are you guys going to do to make the discrimination and the hurt stop? It’s up to every single one of you.”
Thank you, James, for recognizing that what I wrote was about so much more than religion or sexual orientation. Thank you for being direct and loving. Thank you for letting us hear your heart. Your spirit will fill many rooms today. Some hearts are definitely bigger than the bodies that hold them.
I hope more people will follow James’ lead and share their feelings and their stories on YouTube.
Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing
Please share James’ message. And please leave your comments today. What did James’ passionate plea make you feel? Did you learn anything or think of anything new while watching his video?
Oh, and on top of getting his Master’s degree, James is working to become a motivational speaker. I think it would be fantastic if you could all go to his Facebook page and “like” it to show your support.