the greatest of these is love

My Facebook page is public, however, I do monitor who I friend. This is done to keep spammers away from family and friends. My general Facebook rule is that we need to have at least three common friends before I will accept a request; although, I have been known to suspend that rule if the person friending me has enough information on their page that I can deduce they are real people and not bots. I'm sure I'm occasionally wrong, but those are my current rules of engagement.

After hearing some of the horror stories about other people who have included LGBT characters in their novels, I expected a backlash to Los Nefilim, which up until recently, has been nonexistent. No one has sent me nasty emails, nor have they left mean reviews of Los Nefilim, and that makes me glad.

However, there seems to be a contingent of passive-aggressive Christian people on Facebook, who are attempting to friend me in a maneuver to ... something ... I'm not sure what, maybe save my soul? Anyway, they are quite consistent in the Biblical passages they use. All of them are quoting Romans 1:18-32, or Romans 1:24-27, which is some folks' Biblical answer to anything LGBT.

From my own New Testament studies, I know that the Apostle Paul had issues. Many, many issues ... But every once in awhile, he would whip out a poetic passage of sheer brilliance. 1 Corinthians 13 is one such passage. You don't hear politicians quote it too much, because it is antithetical to their hate-rhetoric.

Yet when the world gets to be a little too much, I like to read 1 Corinthians 13 again. It restores my hope that not all people are bad or mean-spirited. I am also reminded that this is the philosophy I want to follow, and it goes something like this:

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

The greatest is love. 
The greatest is love.
The greatest is love.
The end.