The author starts right off with "Too many people are neglecting what is in the scriptures and trying to 'customize Christ'." This is also a lot like Elder Holland's talk, wherein he says, "Sadly enough, my young friends, it is a characteristic of our age that if people want any gods at all, they want them to be gods who do not demand much, comfortable gods, smooth gods who not only don’t rock the boat but don’t even row it, gods who pat us on the head, make us giggle, then tell us to run along and pick marigolds."
Before anyone gets in an uproar, I am not disparaging Elder Holland. I love him, always have. I'm not even disparaging his comment, per se. What I dislike and find uncomfortable is the tendency people have, when reading or hearing those words, to feel that I am trying to have a god who doesn't demand much, a comfortable or smooth god, or one who doesn't rock the boat. Or that when I take issue with someone thinking such of me, I need to be called to repentance.
Anyway, it's things like the article I am not linking to that get people on the bandwagon of thinking I've got it all wrong. (Even if I do have it all wrong, isn't that between me and God?) "Instead of looking for a Church that teaches truth, many are on a quest to find a church that can satisfy their innate desire to worship God, and yet at the same time, live the lifestyle that they want to live regardless of how ungodly it really is." Yeah, he's not talking about "lifestyle" of judging or gossip.
He says in his article:
If Christ were walking the earth today preaching the same things He was preaching back in His day, people would be flying off the handle. He’d teach hard things. Draw a line in the sand. Tell people He loves them. Ask them to repent. Maybe even get mad and turn over some tables. (Matt 21:12-13) Then they’d call Him a bigot. Self-righteous. Un-accepting of others and their way of life.I honestly don't think Christ would be (is) as harsh as this presents. Isn't He our Intercessor? Our Redeemer? What did He teach, really? Love, compassion, turning your life over to Him, serving Him and others, not judging - remember the Samaritan? Yes, He asked people to repent, a lot - from judging, from being too critical of others (including Him), and thinking they knew better than God. I don't see anything at all in His teachings from the Bible that make him appear to be a bigot. Nothing but love and acceptance, kindness and mercy, forgiveness.
Here's what someone named Candace Datz had to say:
If I am to err in interpreting the Bible, which I probably will since I’m a human being, I would rather intentionally err on the side of more inclusion, acceptance, and generosity. I really can’t imagine Jesus saying to me, “You were too kind and loving and you didn’t put your foot down enough,” but I could definitely see him saying, “You didn’t take care of those around you and you alienated those that I love.”That sounds more like how I feel about Jesus. Am I really so off base in how I see my Lord and Savior? Is there any place in our hearts to see that we *can* indeed depend on Christ's grace and mercy, and that perhaps He just might want us to feel better about ourselves? This isn't me customizing Him, making him comfortable or smooth, nor is it me wishing He just wasn't so demanding.
A woman commented on a thread on facebook about this, and I love what she had to say so much, I'm going to paraphrase and add my own twist ... I have spent much of my adult life trying to understand how to manage being gay and LDS, how I fit, or don't fit. And ultimately, His grace and mercy, and the atonement are all I can count on. There is no part of this journey of reconciliation that has been easy, smooth, comfortable. But the simple beauties of the gospel and Christ have indeed brought me peace. While my searching has brought me more questions than answers, there are still simple truths that shine through ... when I can remember just what is important. One thing this searching has taught me, almost more clearly than anything else, is the nature of Jesus Christ, my Advocate, my Rock, my Mediator, my Light.
When it comes to this journey of being gay and LDS, I'll close in her perfect words, "The Savior is my beacon of hope, my provider of peace, my Elder Brother. That's not manipulation, that's peace. And I'll take all the peace I can get."