An Open Letter to ‘Pastor’ Melvin Thompson
I wanted to introduce you to Someone very important to me, because I’m not sure if you all have ever really met…He is the God I serve. The heart that I have for Him pales in comparison to the the love He has for me. His grace has been more than sufficient, oh wait…sorry…Grace: Unwarranted Favor. That means that despite my failures and shortcomings, He has continually blessed me daily. I see my miracles every, single day of my life, and I am so grateful. My life’s partner – He designed and created specifically for me…and I, for him. The God I serve then used the combining of us to bring forth new life, five times, and then entrusted us with these gifts. Amazing. What’s even more awesome is that, as much as we love each other and our children, He loves us even more than that. Hard to fathom…but true.
The people who my husband and I have loved and lost, and even those before them, the ones who have gone home ahead of us…they are all in the same Heaven. Did you know that? I guess I assumed that, as a pastor, you would have that specific knowledge. My bad. I was surprised to hear that your idea of unification involved segregation. As a Christian myself, I was disappointed that you don’t hold a much broader and inclusive definition of the word UNITY.
I’m not judging you now…just talking out my feelings. Lord knows that I have stumbled more than my fair share. Christians are not perfect, that is not possible…because we are human too. No one is perfect. Even a saint is just a sinner who fell down – and then got back up. I know that you, of all people, understand just how temporary this life is, and I know you have to know that the pearly gates do not have a “Whites Only” sign hanging above them…so I’m confused by your actions. I mean, you cannot possibly think your little vote to ban an interracial couple was smiled upon by the very God who created both halves of it! My confusion was initially anger but, as usual, God has shown me the error of my ways and sent me to you with really good news:
God loves you! His grace is extended to you also, along with His forgiveness! Isn’t that great?! Do you know what else is great? Despite your church’s disapproval of families like mine…we are not influenced by your ignorance – and neither are our eternities. We will be together now, and we will be together in Heaven…with the One who created ALL of us!
Have a blessed week…