It’s been a long day and I’m ready to go to bed. I decided to read a few random blog posts from my feed reader before I let my head hit the pillow and the first one that pops up is on Tim Schraeder’s site. Tim does my job at Park Community Church, a Gospel-centered innovate church of over 3,000 in downtown Chicago.

He blogs about all sorts of topics that I find interesting and a blog titled “A Different Kind of Christian Demonstration at Gay Pride” caught my eye. I’ve got over 2000 unread blog posts sitting in my feed reader right now, and as you can imagine I have nowhere near enough time to fully ingest the totality of that content. I spend a lot of time skimming blogs for tidbits of interesting info. After a quick skim, I quickly discerned that this blog deserved a top to bottom to read through. Take a look for yourself here.

I’ll summarize the contents of the blog, and the purpose of this post in one sentence.

God loves gay people and so should we.

My life verse is Mark 12:30, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.”

The verse that directly follows verse 30, and is equally important states, “The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Gay people are our neighbors.

It’s simple and it’s scriptural. For some of us it may be difficult to do, but God didn’t say life was going to be easy.

I posted a link to Schraeder’s blog on my facebook, and I’ll link to this blog as well. Do you want to know what’s sad? I hesitated. I honestly considered not sharing with a possible 781 people that because God loves gay people, I love them too. 135 of those 781 are from my church. I hesitated, because this ruffles peoples feathers.

It’s worth a few ruffled feathers to share with my community of friends that God’s love is big enough for everyone. You can’t deny that.


  1. Tim Schraeder July 8, 2010 at 5:33 am


    Thanks for taking the risk and spreading the message!

  2. Stephanie July 8, 2010 at 7:49 am


    Love. 🙂

  3. Stephanie July 8, 2010 at 7:50 am


    Ok, That little smiley face makes it look a lot more “un-serious” than I intended. I mean it. Love this post. Thank you!

  4. Chris Warner July 12, 2010 at 9:58 pm


    Thats a super crazy article. And it was totally worth reading. I always like to welcome new ways of applying mark 12:30-31 🙂

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