Audio version read by Rev. Steven Lane Taylor, B.Msc.
Honoring our differences—as long as they are not self-destructive or bring harm to others—is honoring God, because, in the final analysis, all differences between people are individualized expressions of God.
Through the ages, religion has very often divided people—labeling some as being on the side of God’s Will, and others as being some lower order of life. This religious influence has brought great misery, for example, to the lives of many whose sexuality was not heterosexual. To the religious extremist, to be gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, or transsexual is to be anti-God. This has led to much prejudice, violence, and even killing of people whose manner of sexual expression and interest is in contrast to heterosexuals.