"Just As I Am" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward
I write books of cartoons, art and ideas HERE
The story of Vicky Beeching
is intriguing to me. She came out as gay. After struggling with this for over 20 years! She says, "I feel certain God loves me just the way I am".¬†
But I read a post on Facebook where someone said that she shouldn't have given up. She was wrong to give up on God. She should've waited until God healed her of her same-sex attraction. And if he never did, then she should've just lived with it. "Just as I am"
, in his opinion, was a grave theological error and a moral cop-out.
How many altar calls did I come forward for? I can't even count! But every time the invitation was to come "just as I am"
. I was accepted just as I was.
Soon afterward though it turned into "God loves you just as you are, but loves you too much to leave you the way you are."
Oh! That's a slight switch of message, isn't it? It felt like false advertising.
Then, if I didn't change the way I was, either God wasn't hearing me, or I wasn't being clear enough, or I was being tested.
The bottom line was that I had to be a certain way. Like the robots in my cartoon, it's all bathed in love and grace talk, but the reality is that we are expected to conform to the standard. Out with diversity!
It really isn't "just as I am" but "just as I should be"!
I made a poor robot.
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Sophia was a lousy robot. Read about her HERE