Fastforward in my story to a recent blog post which received over 10x the viewings of any previous post in a single day. A post which nearly wasn’t made.
I refer to GOD LOVES GAYS 2. https://delemares.wordpress.com/2012/04/26/god-loves-gays-2-a-revision-a-revolution-even/
Over 20 years ago, I wrote many letters to my local paper (most were published); mostly on religious topics. To back up my comments I collected files of facts and articles on many topics. My file on homosexuality was about an inch thick!
‘Why, Lord? Why have I got all this stuff, I don’t know anyone who’s gay?’
I wrote the original article partly as a response to the bile-filled comments of some critics of homosexuals. I’d read their comments and ask myself, ‘If I were gay, how would I feel reading this?’ – I’d feel condemned and rejected. Would that help me respond positively to the gospel message of God’s love? Probably not.
I also thought of how God has treated me over the years – with tender mercy and grace. I won’t go into details (that’s for later posts). However, after making a decision to follow Jesus when an undergraduate at uni, I spent many dark years feeling that I had blown it, I wasn’t a proper Christian etc. I became suicidal from time to time; I had several unhelpful relationships and had a child without being married.
Then one day, God just came, and I knew (don’t ask me how) that he accepted me just as I was. I didn’t have to do anything to earn his love. I haven’t looked back since that day – the turning point of my life.
Thinking of Jesus’ reaction to the woman taken in adultery, who was I to start throwing stones?
I retired in November 2011. Before retiring, I planned on having a website – sharing my passions with the world, illustrated by my photos (well a select few from the many thousands taken to date).
For many years, I’ve been a member of the Association of Christian Writers. Their winter magazine mentioned their facebook page and twitter account. I joined both and was introduced to Jeff Goins and his blogging course. You can sign up here: http://goinswriter.com/intentionalblogging/
I decided to start blogging as I could set up a blog for free. I made my first post on Easter Saturday this year, just over 3 weeks ago.
Prior to that, I’d had some interactions on twitter. Stephen Fry (well known in the uk – comedian/actor/man of letters/presenter of QI, also did a televised tour of the US in a London black taxi cab) had tweeted in support of gay marriage, I replied asking ‘can someone explain to me why I’m called a bigot because I’m uneasy about the redefinition of marriage?’ (Earlier in the year I’d signed a petition by the Coalition for Marriage opposingUKgovernment proposals to allow gay marriage in civil ceremonies). This led to some interesting exchanges – including several with James.
To keep up with making regular postings on my blog, I thought of posting some of my articles from the archives. I kept thinking of one, GOD LOVES GAYS which had been published in a local paper in 1998. I nearly didn’t post it as it didn’t quite fit my blog topic – mental health, meditation and crochet. However, I justified it because being gay has mental health effects – not least from all the rejection, not to mention loneliness. I also hoped to generate some traffic on my blog as it’s a hot topic at the moment. This wasn’t my exploiting the topic; I hope I’ve explained my heart on the issue.
I tweeted James the link to my post. He tweeted back with a link to a video of a talk by Matthew Vines. It’s rather long, 1hr+. I was about 20mins in when I paused it and tweeted James that I was considering amending my original post.
Well!!! Even before I’d written the post, I had tweets encouraging me, saying it was fantastic etc.etc.
Once the post was made – things took off – I got over 400 hits the first day (over 10x my previous highest) and lots of words of encouragement and praise for being brave and courageous – this I’ve found very humbling: I don’t feel brave, I was just following the truth as I saw it. My blog has now been viewed on all continents.
The traffic and comments continue – although not so great as that first day. I hope my words may cause prayerful thought and add grace, mercy and compassion to the debate.