Is Falling in Love a Crime?

February 1, 2009
Today has me thinking. My pastor read a note someone had left in the collection plate the week before to begin his sermon. The note shared how the person had been coming to church and been flirting with the idea of joining but was held back by feelings the congregation and pastor wouldn't be so welcoming once it was out that the person was HIV+.

Wow. The message was one of there being room for us all, no matter ailments, and it's not for us to decide who is and is not worthy or holy. I completely agreed and was so proud to be a part of such a welcoming church. After speaking, he invited members of the congregation and HIV+ to come down front. A few did, happy, healthy and positive and it touched us all as wrapped our arms with love around them.

Looking at many who were women, it wasn't my place to speculate how they contracted the virus, but chances are at least one got it after falling for a guy who carried the virus, and my heart contracted for them all. It amazes me sometimes how people can be so judgmental of others, forgetting any of us could have been dealt different cards.

Later that day I was talking to a friend who is excited to be carrying her first baby and I'm happy for her. . .though her boyfriend hasn't always done right by her. You hope the best for her and that he has gotten his act together, knowing she will love him regardless. Knowing he may not have changed.

And my job is just to love because falling in love isn't a crime


  1. Arlice Nichole said...:

    This is a beautiful post. Makes you think. It's nice to know your church is so welcoming. Unfortunately I hear that a lot aren't.