What does it mean to truly accept another? We all hear words that give us the impression that we will be welcomed and accepted for who we are in this or that organization. Moreover, we tend to hear them in the context of “GOD” or “JESUS” or “CHRISTIANITY.” OH, but then the real test comes when we expose our vulnerable pieces, ya know, those pieces of who we really are. It is then that we learn whether we are truly being accepted.
Let’s look at a recent article in our own Daily Republic. An organization states that their “core values” are to “love unconditionally as God loves us,” respect for the worth of every person, serving all as ‘Guests of Honor,” “live and serve in a manner that is above reproach” passionate for those in need,” and on and on statements of that at face value seem good, tolerant, inclusive, but then the organization is put to the test….allowing another organization that serves the GLBT community to be part of a community event sponsored by the first organization.
It comes as no surprise that the sponsoring “love unconditionally” organization denied the truly inclusive organization and I’m sure they did it on Biblical grounds or the grounds that it’s too ‘political” or “will we cause an uproar” or “whose financial support will we lose if we allow that group to come,” or…the reasons could be slanted just about any way, but the reality is their “core values” are a bunch of hogwash.
Core values are meaningless if they are not lived out within the life of an individual or organization. How can someone stand and say “they love unconditionally” and then exclude someone else based on conditions? I know, I know Jesus said, “Go and sin no more.” Well, maybe he was to talking to all those people and organizations with great “core values.”