I believe in God, and I believe that God has blessed me with the gift of being able to express myself eloquently in the written word. My new ambition in life is to use this gift to bring about social change.
There is an enormous section of our population that is being denied their civil and human rights. I am not talking about discrimination against any racial group. The discrimination is institutionalized by our government and many Christian denominations. I am not talking about discrimination against women. I am talking about discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered people.
I am not saying that discrimination on the basis of race or sex are no longer problems in this country. I am saying that, as a society, we have become more aware of the disastrous effects of these forms of discrimination than we are of the damaging effect of discrimination based on sexual orientation. Rarely, when I walk in the halls of the high school where I student teach, do I hear students use racial slurs or blatantly sexist comments, but not a day goes by that I do not hear students make derisive comments about a person's real or perceived sexual orientation.
It has been said that discrimination is a good thing, to which I say only if you're selecting a wine to go with your dinner. Discrimination against people, on any basis is always wrong and always damaging. Yet we as a society are teaching our children that it is okay to discriminate, that to discriminate against each other is God's will.
As a Christian, I refuse to stand silently by and let people hurt others in the name of God. As a responsible citizen, I see injustice in our society, and I feel compelled to take a stand and work for equality. And so I will do my part by using the gift that God has given me.
There are some who will say I am using God's gift for the devil's purposes. So be it. I have made my peace with my God and my conscience. I am prepared to die for my beliefs, and I am prepared to face everlasting torment if need be, because if I am wrong about God then a God who sanctions hatred and discrimination is a God I want nothing to do with. If doing what I believe is right goes against the will of God then, in the words of the character Huckleberry Finn in the novel that bears his name, "All right then--I'll go to hell!"