Recently, a friend on Facebook posted status as his feelings about the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage.
He wrote of his convictions and his beliefs. He made his position on the ruling clear, and in a diplomatic way.
The only problem I had with his post is the very last sentence, “That one day each of us can be worthy to be called the children of God.”
I know he might have been trying to encourage all of us to live in the way God would have us live; as compassionate, kind, helpful members of the church, and of the world.
But what I heard in his statement is, “Only those who are worth and do exactly as He says can be called ‘Children of God.’”
But that idea is so untrue. We have always been children of God. And to suggest that relation is something we must earn, is wrong.
The best thing about God is His love for me, and for you.
His love and acceptance isn’t predicated on what we vote for or what we choose to do.
It doesn’t relate to how thoroughly or sincerely we keep the commandments or even if our Facebook status is unkind.
As Khaled Hosseini said, “Children aren’t coloring books. You don’t get to fill them with your favorite colors.”
His role as The Father and our role as His children are eternal, and he will love us no matter what.
He were promised and granted agency to learn.
We were promised we would make mistakes.
But most of all, we were promised unconditional love.