I don’t often get to sermonizing, and I don’t want to inflict it on y’all, but I just want to say it if only for myself. Hence the cut tag. I am quoting the New Testament liberally, even though it’s not my scripture, both because there is considerable wisdom there and because the movement I want to speak against uses this scripture for their own purposes (there’s a saying about that, too).

Prompted by this picture, from the NY Times.

“Be not deceived; God is not mocked:
for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”

Sow wind and reap a whirlwind;
Sow condemnation and reap division;
Sow hatred and reap it multiplied manyfold.
Sow love, and reap love –
because love is never mockery.

God is not mocked; when two (or more)
gather in love and vow a lifetime together,
God is there,
In the endless ring that binds them
In the flowers that proclaim a new beginning
(which, like trees, cannot be made by you or me)
In the shining joy of their faces
In love between and around them.

Whatever I believe about God (and it changes)
But I can see God for myself
In clouds. In flowers. In babies.
And in the radiant lover
who has finally been able
to declare her love
in front of the world
(God ‘n’ everbody.)

It turns out mockery can be held at bay
by a hundred rainbow umbrellas,
after all.