#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller


I Saw a Man on the Street…

the other day. He was holding a megaphone, and flanked by other men carrying signs. One read, “Homosexuality is an Abomination!” I considered joining him, with a sign of my own. “Bigotry is an Abomination!” would have been good. (Actually, having just moved into a new house which, while beautiful, was apparently decorated by Holly Hobby two weeks after her prescription ran out, I think “My Wallpaper is an Abomination” would have been the most honest.)

Watching these men, and being a writer, I couldn’t help imagining the Jesus I know on the scene. I suspect it would have been a real surprise to the haranguer and his co-horts. (I’m not here to debate homosexuality, so don’t write to me. I’m making another point entirely, and it wouldn’t matter what hot topic these misguided people would have chosen.) I think He would have smashed the sign and thrown the megaphone into the shrubbery. I think there would have been a loud lecture on judging others, and that would only have been the beginning.

People like these men do real harm to the very cause they claim to support. Nobody looks at them and says, “Gee, I want to be hateful and judgmental and even vicious, too! Where can I sign up?” When was the basic message of love and forgivenesss forsaken for self-righteousness and wholesale judgment of things only God can fully understand?

I’ll probably take some heat for this blog. So be it. Some people are so busy making other people wrong, they don’t notice the inconsistencies. Fortunately, God loves them, too. And all the rest of us, who have signs and megaphones of our own.

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