Liposuction and Homosexuality …

Well, I was reading the latest issue of People Magazine, I needed to get caught up on all of the latest happenings in the world of celebrities and I came across this article about a 12 year old girl who experienced weight issues which resulted in her having liposuction! Now, this is only one of the news stories that makes my mind stir. The second is the story regarding the Reverend Ted Haggard from Colorado Springs, who allegedly purchased methamphetamines and possibly had inappropriate encounters with a homosexual male escort. Okay, so one news story at a time…  

First, the 12 year old girl who turned to liposuction. The first thing that comes to mind is, what 12 year old girl does not have weight issues. We have all heard of the “ugly stage” of life. You know when you are decked out in braces and Heaven for Bid a horrible perm. We have all had those days, and it breaks my heart that this poor girl resulted to liposuction. I will not place judgment on her parents or the physician, but what I will say is that this world has placed the focus on the wrong things. The world looks at the appearance of someone, rather than their heart, the world looks at the labels upon the clothing one wears rather than the actions of love displayed through giving, the world looks at the size, make and model of one’s home rather than the opportunities each of us have to help those who are less fortunate. I am not saying that everyone needs to give their wardrobe to the homeless, but where are the people who would have come along this 12 year old girl and said, I will work out with you. I will walk to the gym, I will eat lunch with you and I will go shopping with you, for the sole purpose of you are you – and you are good enough just the way you are. If I could say only one thing to all the girls between the ages of 13 and 19 it would be this… bare with me, this one sentence is along one… because I only have one… J  

You are beautiful, you are loved, you are important, you are worth far more than the world tells you; you are smart, you can achieve anything you want; you are worth waiting for, so don’t feel pressured to sleep with the first guy that says I love you, you are unique so don’t listen to the other girls that tell you how you should dress or behave, and most of all, regardless of what paths in life you choose do travel, you are loved far beyond measure and nothing can ever change that. 

So onto news item #2. I understand that the Reverend Ted Haggard has done something that most people, church people to be specific, would consider unforgivable. First he admitted to purchasing drugs, and second there is the possibility that he walked away from his marriage in search of something else. Regardless of the fact that the person he allegedly had a relationship with was a male, the plain and simple fact is this man might have had an affair. My response, so what… who is to judge this man… why is it something that everyone gets to judge? I understand he is a pastor and is called to a higher standard but that does not mean he is not covered by the grace and mercy we all need. I want to shout, LEAVE THIS MAN ALONE! Regardless of his actions, he is a child of God, he was forgiven for all sins when Christ died and most of all, he is saved by grace! He is saved, that word is important, saved means that he cannot be thrown back into the fire, once saved, always saved. His actions do not determine is fait, his place in heaven is already guaranteed.   I think we live in a world that allows people to pass judgment, judgment on weather we are over weight and need liposuction to be healthy and happy or if the sins we have committed are worse than our neighbors, well, then we have the right to talk about them, try to “fix” them and most of all we have the right to feel as if we are better than them! Truth be told, we all screw up, we all fall short of the expectations of Christ, if we did not, then He would have died for nothing, and the fact is, He did for something…  He died for me, regardless of what my life holds and the sins that I participate in along the way. He died for that 12 year old girl who decided that the best thing for her was to get liposuction and He died for the Reverend Ted Haggard regardless of what he has done or did not do!

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