A recent ShoutOutHealth post on the power of forgiveness generated a lot of discussion/debate, but now one gay activist is putting that often difficult practice to the test.
When Evangelical Christian (and gay man) Matt Stolhandske wrote this stunning piece in the Washington Post, he set off a firestorm of controversy in both LGBT and religious circles. Was he really going to help raise the astonishing sum of $150,000 to cover the punitive fine that Melissa and Aaron Klein -- the Portland-based Christian bakery owners who refused to make a cake for a lesbian couple’s wedding in 2013 -- received from the state of Oregon?
Stolhandske says following his faith and practicing forgiveness ultimately made the decision a (pardon the pun) straightforward one. He writes:
It wasn’t until I stepped away from the church, albeit briefly, that I was I able to find love and forgiveness for myself and the true heart of the Christian gospel; the love of a Father so stubbornly refusing to condemn that He would send His Son to die in my place. And that gospel has so deeply permeated my soul that I cannot find it in myself to hate the Kleins.
In the face of intolerance, I am yet called to love.