October is anti-bullying month, but why have a special day for LGBT teens?  Straight teens have committed suicide to escape the bullying.  I think back to the widow.  She had God on her side.  There were many passages in scripture that commanded the community to take care of the widow.  While she didn’t have any power compared to the judge; she did have societal justice on her side.

For LGBT teens who are bullied for being who God created them to be, there is no justice.  Imagine being told by your church that you are an outcast because you are gay or lesbian, that God can’t possibly love you.  And if your family has rejected you, what resource do you have?  This type of bullying is implicitly accepted by parts of society – there is no justice on earth.  That’s why it is important to remember and to support Spirit Day.  We pray along with our brothers and sisters that the bullying will cease, that God will open minds and hearts to see the children of God.  We pray by wearing purple on the third Thursday of October every year until the bullying ceases.  We pray for justice for all.  And God will hear and answer our prayers – eventually.

This is a day when I am called to preach about stewardship.  What a wonderful reminder that stewardship is about being responsible for all of God’s creation.  Paul gives some instruction on how to do that.  “Proclaim the message; be persistent whether the time is favorable or unfavorable; convince, rebuke, and encourage, with the utmost patience in teaching.  Always be sober, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, carry out your ministry fully.”

Be like the widow.  Be persistent in the pursuit of justice for victims of bullying and especially for LGBT victims of bullying.  Be like the widow.  Continue to pray for that which is right and just.  Be like the widow.  Have faith that our persistent actions will result in justice on earth.   AMEN.

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