31 days: same love

Controversy. But Poignant.
And these words…
Heartbreaking, to say the least.

Sometimes it takes reading lyrics, or hearing them from the mouth of someone else, before we realize just how hurtful are the words we share toward others…
“America the brave still fears what we don’t know”
“we’ve become so numb to what we’re sayin'”
“our culture founded from oppression”
“a world so hateful someone would rather die”
“gay is synonymous with the lesser”

Heartbreaking truths.

And then there are the words that show hope…
“and God loves all His children”
“human rights for everybody”
“when I was in church they taught me something else if you preach hate at the service those words aren’t anointed”
“whatever god you believe in we come from the same one”
“underneath it’s all the same love”
“love is patient, love is kind”

No matter a stance on homosexuality, these words are piercing. They break down walls and show truths.
Harsh realities.
We are NOT as accepting and tolerant a people as we’d like to believe we are. And our lack of tolerance goes back much farther than an issue with homosexuality.
Skin color.
Gender.
Genetic disorders.
Handicap. (Handicapability.)
Disease.
Hair color.
Eye color.
Religion.
Parenting styles.

We have a long way to go. But as the words below state, “…it’s a damn good place to start.”
Before we can start, we have to realize what we share and how our words impact. Thoughts are just as harmful as the spoken word.
After all, actions reflect our thoughts and our actions speak louder than our words.

Same Love
by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
featuring Mary Lambert

When I was in the 3rd grade
I thought that I was gay
Cause I could draw, my uncle was
And I kept my room straight
I told my mom, tears rushing down my face
She’s like, “Ben you’ve loved girls since before pre-K”
Trippin’, yeah, I guess she had a point, didn’t she
A bunch of stereotypes all in my head
I remember doing the math like
“Yeah, I’m good in little league”

A pre-conceived idea of what it all meant
For those who like the same sex had the characteristics
The right-wing conservatives think it’s a decision
And you can be cured with some treatment and religion
Man-made, rewiring of a pre-disposition
Playing God
Ahh nah, here we go
America the brave
Still fears what we don’t know
And God loves all His children
And somehow forgotten
But we paraphrase a book written
3,500 hundred years ago
I don’t know

And I can’t change
Even if I tried
Even if I wanted to
And I can’t change
Even if I tried
Even if I wanted to
My love, my love, my love
She keeps me warm

If I was gay
I would think hip-hop hates me
Have you read the YouTube comments lately
“Man that’s gay”
Gets dropped on the daily
We’ve become so numb to what we’re sayin’
Our culture founded from oppression
Yeah, we don’t have acceptance for ’em
Call each other faggots
Behind the keys of a message board
A word rooted in hate
Yet our genre still ignores it
Gay is synonymous with the lesser
It’s the same hate that’s caused wars from religion
Gender to skin color
Complexion of your pigment
The same fight that lead people to walk-outs and sit-ins
Human rights for everybody
There is no difference
Live on! And be yourself!
When I was in church
They taught me something else
If you preach hate at the service
Those words aren’t anointed
And that Holy Water
That you soak in
Has been poisoned
When everyone else
Is more comfortable
Remaining voiceless
Rather than fighting for humans
That have had their rights stolen
I might not be the same
But that’s not important
No freedom ’til we’re equal
Damn right I support it

I don’t know

We press play
Don’t press pause
Progress, march on!
With a veil over our eyes
We turn our back on the cause
‘Till the day
That my uncles can be united by law
Kids are walkin’ around the hallway
Plagued by pain in their heart
A world so hateful
Someone would rather die
Than be who they are
And a certificate on paper
Isn’t gonna solve it all
But it’s a damn good place to start
No law’s gonna change us
We have to change us
Whatever god you believe in
We come from the same one
Strip away the fear
Underneath it’s all the same love
About time that we raised up

Love is patient, love is kind
Love is patient (not cryin’ on Sundays)
Love is kind (not cryin’ on Sundays)

If you’ve heard this song on the XM Radio, you’ve missed the very end of the song which features 1 Corinthians 13. Local radio, shockingly, is the radio that plays the full song. The use of Corinthians is extremely important (to me) to this song because it reminds us of Christ and a love that takes work to achieve. It’s not a romantic love at all, rather a love that looks at humanity as important enough to care. This love means that all persons are deserving of kindness, patience, truth. This love does not rejoice in mistreating, it’s not rude to another, it is not irritable and it doesn’t resent another. This love of which Paul speaks is a love that takes work – a conscious daily decision (to use my Daddy’s words) – to bear with one another, to believe in all possibilities, to hope for grand(er) things, and to endure alongside our brothers and sisters. Love is kind. Love is for all. Love is Christ.

The video link below is the link from when Ellen Degeneres introduced this song on her show in October 2012. I’m choosing this version to share for several reasons:
1. It shares the official music video for all to see, but doesn’t focus on the video itself, which will very likely offend some people. I want you to hear the words of the song rather than being offended by the images on the screen.
2. Ellen introduces the song by referring to the artists as “my new heroes” and tells us that we “need to care about” this song and it’s artists.
3. There is beauty and power in seeing the artists sing something so poignant live, watching their expressions, and in seeing the genuine reaction of the studio audience.

I hope that we all will be able to put away our fears and “preconceived dispositions” to really listen to this song and examine our hearts as we hear the words.
Hear them. Let them sink in.
Feel the Spirit wash over us and convict us.
Pray for Christ to be alive in us, 1 Corinthians 13 style.

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