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Black History Month: A Minority Is a Minority Is a Minority Is a Minority...

Black History is the celebration of the effort of America to correct its past and heal its citizens. Why not contribute to the Good of that?

Black History Month is a celebration!

The following may not seem like it belongs in the celebration of Black History Month but it is a story that belongs in the struggle of a minority to fit in. Learning of my friend’s struggles in Church living with same-gender attraction caused an outpouring of personal views to find their way to pages I wrote.

Several points come to mind about membering things or people. To member, something is to make it a part of a greater whole, which is why I am a member of my church. It membered me. As a membered person, I must remember what I promised to do with that association, love others, to remember them in their challenges.

Scripture Power

This is the power of reading scriptures directly from Jesus Christ. Doctrine and Covenants has opened up my mind to seek to understand others to better know the God Whom we serve. Black History Month is also about discovering the present and what goes on in the lives of people who are suffering.

If any group of people on the planet understand the suffering of another person it should be Black Americans. God has given us the ability to open up our arms and bear on our shoulders other people’s burdens because our arms and shoulders have been beaten and bruised, literally for some and figuratively for others, for generations--as Christians and as a race, usually by other Christians!

Prejudice vomited from me in the beginning when I started listening to my friend’s burden, prejudice!. I thought because I have family members Who have same-gender relationships that I did not have those prejudices. From what I gleaned from the podcast is that people facing challenges related to same-gender attraction in life lack the support that they need or want in order to keep going. Suicide rates are high.

People turn away from God.

Same-sex attraction is a hard road to travel. It is not easy to be different, especially if the difference is so significant that it makes you stand out in every situation. When well-meaning Saints wrongly tell people who struggle with same-gender attraction or even openly Gay Saints (yes I wrote “Saints”) that they are more evil than people who have other challenges in life. This type of behavior pushes people away from God, who isn’t to blame for the ignorance of His Saints. We Saints need to repent and allow our arms to open to all who struggle with any sin or any kind.

NO, same-gender attraction is not a sin. Fornication is a sin. We need to have clarity on the subject. Shaming someone who has fornicated is not normally practiced in modern society. Let us not shame people because their sin, is not what we think of as “Okay and “Normal.”

A rose is a metaphor for life in that thorns climb its stem to give life to the beautiful flower forming the crown.

A rose is a metaphor for life in that thorns climb its stem to give life to the beautiful flower forming the crown.

The Island of Me

Having same-sex attraction, being gay is not something that members of the Church have to broadcast; though, it should not be something that they have to hide either. It is not the same as experiencing racial prejudice, it is just as horrifyingly lonely when you realize (or if you think) that no one else will be able to understand you. I identify with it to some respect because of some of the things that I had to endure being a minority and active member of the Church.

An island is what you become, or feel like you are because you don't know who else has similar proclivities or insecurities or weaknesses--experiences as you.

We are more than the combination of our talents, gifts, and weaknesses.

Zion, Now!

Being the person who struggles with same-sex attraction is not the end of life for Saints. It does not make Saints with that challenge in life more of a burden or more evil or better or worse than any other member of the Church.

Our job in life and through the Church is to build Zion one testimony at a time which includes ALL of us.

Right now in the Church, we are not at that level of righteousness, yet. We are not emotionally there for our gay brothers or lesbian sisters. We are not there for all minority members of the Church in the United States specifically. We are not there yet.

Yet. Yet is the word that saves us from the destructive powers of the adversary, who would tear the kingdom of God apart one person at a time if he could.

It means we will get to the point where all of God's children are accepted and treated with the love and respect we deserve. We will get there. Jesus Christ has promised that He will deliver us and save us from the evils of this world whether the evils are within us or coming against us.

We can trust Him and know that He is true to His word. It will be a hard battle for those of us who need to overcome our weaknesses and accept all of our brothers and sisters into the fold with the perfect love that is taught through the scriptures, especially in the Doctrine and Covenants about our purpose as Saints in these last days.

We are more than the combination of our talents, gifts, and weaknesses. We are beings of light. Merry Black History Month!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Rodric Anthony

Comments

Rodric Anthony (author) from Surprise, Arizona on February 16, 2021:

Bill, thanks for reading. I am flatter beyond measure each time you take the time to read, honestly.

Rodric Anthony (author) from Surprise, Arizona on February 16, 2021:

Nobody can give it a month. We take the time to remember our Black heritage this month along with the forgotten and misunderstood heritages of others this month as a memorial or holiday of celebration in my perspective. I also do it all year just like I celebrate Jesus all year but take the time to enjoy the season of Christmas.

Clive Williams from Jamaica on February 15, 2021:

Interesting. Who gave black history a month?

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on February 15, 2021:

Loved your thoughts and perspective on this topic. Well done, thoroughly interesting, food for considerable thought.