It appears that blog readers come in all forms and fashions. It seems touchy issues bring out a deeper side of ourselves, one that is quick to judge, defend or feels compelled to educate. I'm grateful for the comments that have been shared here. I'm grateful for the thoughts they have provoked.
I found when reading this particular post that some readers are particularly unkind. If you feel the desire to comment on this particular blog (and please do so) please make your best attempt to keep them respectful.
To Randi Sue: Thank you for your thoughts. I believe that the issues you brought up are completely valid and definitely something to think about. While working in a health care clinic in lower Manhattan, I saw first hand the heartache and pain that is possible when immersed in the homosexual culture. My clients dealt with health issues on a consistent basis due to the lifestyle they were living. Due to the tightness of the culture, death and illness revolving around STDs and AIDS seemed ever present. This combined with the criticism and discrimination makes it very hard for me to understand why one would think that lifestyle is chosen. It's not an easy one.
To those who seem concerned with my salvation: Please know that to the best of my knowledge, your God and my God are the same. I have a great relationship with Him and find comfort in the fact that He and I are on the same page. I have had the occasion to be a little at odds with the church organization now and then, but my understanding and testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ is one that is sure and unshakable. And is sacred to me.
To my dear friends who have had open minds and hearts as we mull over the issues this political season has brought to light, thank you. Thank you for the stimulating conversations and the ability and willingness to discuss topics you feel passionately about without placing being critical of those affected by the topic at hand. Thank you for caring about your families and their well-being and for the openness to see the potential for greatness our country holds. The judgment of close friends can be suffocating and the irony of it all baffling. To those of you who have been able to withhold judgment while expressing your opinion when interacting with myself and my husband, thank you.