Thank you Jason Hines for a very positive piece about Pride Month —- unusual to read in a Christian publication.
However, I take an issue with your statement :
WE VALUE THEM ( gays ) AS MUCH AS GOD VALUES THEM, WHICH IS INESTIMABLE.
Sorry to disagree with you Jason, but God does not value a group whom He creates as same sex orientated ( without their consent nor input ) and then cruelly imposes LIFELONG LONELINESS and celibacy upon them. Furthermore He sadistically gives them the same hormonal / neurological sex drives as their straight siblings and cousins, while demanding a totally life long sex free existence.
This is cruel, sadistic, and unusual punishment, not inestimable evaluation !
Furthermore, since we are told by Timothy ( 2 Timothy 3:16-17) that ALL SCRIPTURE is given by inspiration of God, that has to include the anti gay, homophobic “ clobber texts “ which God has allowed in His Scriptures.
It is these egregious texts which create widespread woeful homophobia against gays in western Christian countries.
Over millennia, gays have endured cruelty and MISERY due to these anti gay Scriptures—- this God is hardly valuing them inestimably, when he deliberately creates cruelty for them.
Gays have endured centuries of cruelty, and calamitous assaults, because of these “ clobber texts”.
Over many generations, Christian families have cruelly shunned and shamed their gay children due to these “ clobber texts”.
Fortunately more than half of the planet’s population is immune to these radical Scriptures— the billion plus Communist Chinese, the billion plus Indian Hindus and the millions of Buddhists in Eastern countries.
These religions have zero proscriptions against their gay populations with resulting minimal discrimination and persecution of gays in their societies.
A gay child in Communist or Atheist family is far better off than one in a rejecting Adventist family.
It is only the Christian god who delights in causing cruelty to the LGBT population and imposing lifelong loneliness upon them.