I drank the Kool Aid.
So did you. But I’ll come back to that later.
There is a person who is very close to me who is not doing well with my recent “revelation”. God bless him…he means so well. He really cares about me. He wants what is best for me. But he is not dealing well with the truth of who I am. He is quoting Scripture to me. He is doing research online for ministries and organizations that help gay people to be come straight. He is trying to convince me that change is possible! (((sigh)))
You see, he has drunk the Kool Aid. He downed a tall drink of conservative theology and that theology tells him that being gay is a sin. And if being gay is a sin, then it must be something that you can change. Therefore, change is possible and the person “struggling” with such sin should be able to figure out a way to gain healing. The problem with that Kool Aid is that it makes everything very black and white and doesn’t allow for any other points of view. And the Kool Aid that he drank causes him to think that I have drank Kool Aid. And his Kool Aid thinks my Kool Aid is bad and dangerous.
Yes, I have imbibed some Kool Aid as well. My Kool Aid is a drink that I always thought was wrong and bad (because I had previously consumed the other Kool Aid). But now I realize that the issue may not be so black and white. The new Kool Aid that I recently drank tells me that I CAN be both gay and a Christian. I’ve bought into the ideology of that Kool Aid…lock, stock, and barrel.
The sad thing is that it is so easy to drink one type of Kool Aid and to declare the other Kool Aid as bad and wrong. Intolerance is bred by believing that YOUR Kool Aid is THE one and only Kool Aid that is the RIGHT Kool Aid.
It doesn’t matter what you believe in life…you have still drunk some sort of Kool Aid. For whatever reason, no matter the issue, we have all “drunk the Kool Aid” by subscribing to a particular point of view. But here is the ultimate question: can two Kool Aids sit side by side and be tolerant of one another? Can we trust God in each other enough that we can allow people to hold a view that opposes our view?
Maybe I’m wrong. Maybe you’re wrong. Maybe we’re both wrong.
But can we still respect each other, even though we have drunk two different Kool Aids?