My partner is a giyoret – a convert. She was raised in a religious Christian family. When she came out, her parents were not accepting. It has been a struggle. They slowly take steps forward towards tolerance.
I wrote this dialogue several years ago when her parents had not even reached a place of tolerance. I wanted them to see that while the Christian Bible may have opinions on same-sex relationships, overwhelmingly, God asks us to love one another. I wanted them to see that they have the choice to choose love and still live in accordance with their faith.
We both hope things will continue to improve. We both hope that we and her parents can choose love over judgment of the other.
A Dialogue for Religious Parents of an LGBT Child
The soul of the parent stands before God at the end of its life.
God: Welcome, my child. We will now review your life and your deeds.
Parent: I’m ready. I observed Your word my whole life.
God: Did you give charity?
God: Did you help the needy?
Parent: Yes, I volunteered weekly, and made sure to support the downtrodden.
God: Did you act justly in your business dealings?
Parent: Always. I never stole a cent from another. I repaid my debts.
God: Did you love others?
Parent: Of course.
God: What about your own child?
Parent: Of course, I loved my child.
God: Then why did you forsake your child?
God: Why did you not show your child love? Why did you not welcome her fully into your home? Why weren’t you a part of her life?
Parent: My child wasn’t following Your word. She strayed from the path. You created Adam and Eve to be together, and she was not living by that value.
God: That is between me and my child. So, why did you forsake her when I told you to love?
God: I asked you to love her. I gave you every opportunity to love her, and passage upon passage to rely upon to choose love. “Love your neighbor as thyself;” “Do unto others as you would have done unto you; “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another;” “Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Outdo yourselves in honoring one another;” “Be indebted to no one, except to one another in love, for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the Law;” “…and walk in love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant sacrificial offering to God.” So why did you not observe My word?
Parent: I wanted to guide her back to You.
God: Did you not trust in my love of her? Do you not believe I am all-knowing? That I am all-merciful? Did you not believe I would guide her through her life, as she needed to be guided, according to My plan, My will?
God: I teach my children to show mercy as I show mercy. Why didn’t you?