Times Are Changing And Millennial Christians Want To Include The LBGTQ Community

Times Are Changing And Millennial Christians Want To Include The LBGTQ Community

While there are still problems with acceptance, you can count on Millennial Christians to support you.
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Graduation parties are always fun. It is exciting to celebrate the graduation of a friend while also having the ability to talk with other friends that are attending the same party. While I was at a graduation party this past Friday, I saw a friend that I have not seen in a very long time due to her being a year younger than me and that we go to different colleges. We were engaged in conversation and began talking about relationships when she openly told me that she now identifies as bisexual. Now, as a Christian, we believe that identifying as anything other than straight is a sin. However, I must say I was incredibly happy for her being that I do not believe it is a sin.

Growing up in a Christian household and beginning to go through puberty, kids are often read scriptures like Leviticus 20:13 (MEV) or 1 Corinthians 7:2 (MEV) which says, "Nevertheless, because of sexual immorality, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband” along with several other scriptures. However, it seems that what the parents and grandparents of the millennial generation don’t seem to realize is that times have changed.

Clearly, there are still problems in our society with the acceptance of people who are apart of or support the LGBTQ community as seen with the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando in 2016. However, the millennial generation is organizing and throwing pride parades, fighting sexual and sexuality abuse, organizing walkouts, and finally getting the chance to partake in same-sex marriage. Millennials are looking to change how people see and understand sexuality, but a lot of what is holding them back is the traditional thinking of Christian parents and grandparents of millennials.

I understand that Christian parents and grandparents of millennials were raised a more traditional way, and it is hard to accept change. I understand that the Bible holds scriptures like Leviticus 20:13 (MEV) and 1 Corinthians 7:2 (MEV) that explain that identifying as anything other than being straight as a sin. Yet, the Bible also contains scripture like James 4:12 (MEV) and Galatians 5:14 (MEV) which says “for the entire law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “you shall love your neighbor as yourself.” These are the scriptures that helped create the “Golden Rule” that tells us to accept and to love one another. To treat each other with fairness and kindness and to implement it in our daily lives. Yet, that is not the way that the Christian parents and grandparents of millennials are truly living.

To the millennials, it is great if you are straight, it is great if you are gay, it is great if you are bisexual, it is great however else you self-identify. Due to the change our generation has ignited, a lot of Christian millennials are supportive of the LBGTQ community in addition to other self-identifications. Many Christian millennials do not see identifying as something other than straight as a sin because it is who you are. We love and care for you just as we would anyone else because we are all children of God. We know that he loves you too.

To the parents and grandparents of millennials, change is no longer coming. Change is here. Please try to see that the traditional Christian ways of thinking are beginning to fade away, and acceptance is the “new way” of thinking. As millennial Christians, we are not trying to be disobedient, and we are not trying to break our ties with God. We are trying to help make church a safe place for those who want to worship God, but we are being held back by traditional Christian thinking. We love our neighbors as we love ourselves.

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16 Things You Know To Be True If Your Name Is Emily

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Emily. The name of legends, great poets and just overall fabulous people. Emily has been ranked among one of the most popular girl's names for literally decades, so it's no secret that people named Emily definitely have a few things to bond over.

1. You have very specific preferences on being called Em, Emmy or Emmers.

And most likely only *some* people are given this privilege.

2. Every time you meet someone named Emily you instantly bond.

OMG, our parents were some of the most unoriginal people ever! Besties!

3. But secretly, you like to think of yourself as the better Emily.

Sorry not sorry.

4. Your middle name is probably Ann, Elizabeth or Marie.

Because your name is as basic as it gets.

5. You take great pride in knowing that you were the inspiration for names like Emma, Emmy and Emmaline.

And maybe you're a little jealous that your parents didn't at least try to do something a little more unique.

6. Whether it's work or school you always have to share your name with someone.

So you're probably used to attaching the first letter of your last name or broin' out and using your last name like some sort of athlete.

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8. And unless your barista is feeling extra grouchy, it's impossible to get your name wrong on your Starbucks cup.

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A Day In Immigration Court

"America is a nation founded by immigrants" could not be more true in this space.

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This past month, I started my summer internship with a local immigration attorney. Throughout the summer, I will be observing the day-to-day responsibilities of an immigration law office, which includes observing client appointments, compiling evidence and legal research for cases, and attending hearings at the federal immigration court in New York City. Immigration court is vastly different than anything I had ever experienced, and the harsh reality of the American immigration system manifests itself in the immigration courts themselves. Yet after only a couple of days witnessing various hearings in court, I want to look beyond the inefficiencies ingrained in our current immigration system and instead paint a picture so that you can understand the underlying effects of the American dream taking place.

There are two floors designated for the immigration courts in the federal building. After exiting the elevator, there is an overwhelming presence of individuals and family units awaiting their presence in court. One time I saw a woman holding a baby that was days old outside of the courtroom. Courtrooms are numbered and labeled with the last name of the immigration judge on the door, and individuals are expected to wait outside with either an attorney, accredited representation, or any other people accompanying the respondent before his or her trial.

Aside from the large conglomerate of immigrants on this floor, there are multiple signs taped to the walls contain directions in languages, including Spanish, Arabic, Mandarin, etc. While on these floors, you cannot help but be surrounded by different people, languages, and cultures. In its essence, this is the presence of the American "melting pot" at its finest. There is something inherently beautiful about intersecting cultures and ways of life, and being in the presence of such different people can allow yourself to open your eyes to such different perspectives. Is that not what America is about?

The popular saying, "America is a nation founded by immigrants" could not be more true in this space.

Since my first time at immigration court, I have witnessed individuals win and individuals lose their case. However, a loss does not have to be the end for some individuals. There is an option to appeal the decision from the immigration judge to the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) within thirty days. In cases where the individual receives legal status, it feels as though a large burden is placed off of the individual's shoulders. No longer do they have to struggle through the American immigration system after years of perseverance, and in some cases, individuals can move towards becoming an American citizen.

It is almost funny to think that my presence in a government building could spark an inspirational motivator. However, I think my experience in immigration court is more humbling than anything. It puts into perspective the lengths that individuals take to make their case in front of a judge. For them, America is worth fighting for. Although there are various inefficiencies within the current immigration system, I am not trying to romanticize the reality of immigration court. Most of the time, the lines are long, interpreters are unavailable, and cases are more difficult than ever to win. However, instead of focusing on these points, I think it is important to re-focus on the bigger picture behind the immigration courts, realizing the positives amidst all of the negatives.

Although this is only the beginning of my internship, I am excited to see where this opportunity will lead me. I am excited to hear the stories of others, which showcase their determination against hardship and persecution. And I am determined to not only witness but also initiate change first-hand, one case at a time.


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