To the man standing on the corner holding the sign that said
“God hates faggots.”

I’ve never seen,
who it is that you paperclip your knees,
meld your hands together and pray to
But I think I know what he looks like:

I bet your God is about 5’10”.
I bet he weighs 185.
Probably stands the way a high school diploma does when it’s next to a GED.
I bet your god has a mullet.
I bet he wears flannel shirts with no sleeves,
a fanny pack
and says words like “getrdun.”
I bet your god—I bet your god—I bet your god watches FOX news,
Dog the Bounty Hunter, voted for John McCain, and loves Bill O’Reilly.
I bet your god lives in Arizona.

I bet his high school served racism in the cafeteria
and offered “hate speech” as a second language.
I bet he has a swastika inside of his throat,
and racial slurs tattooed to his tongue
just to make intolerance more comfortable in his mouth.
I bet he has a burning cross as a middle finger and Jim Crow underneath his nails.

Your god is a confederate flags wet dream
conceived on a day when the sky decided to slice her own wrists,
I bet your god has a drinking problem.
I bet he sees the bottom of the shot glass more often than his own children.
I bet he pours whiskey on his dreams until they taste like good ideas,

Probably cusses like an electric guitar with Tourette’s plugged into an ocean.
I bet he yells like a schizophrenic nail gun,
damaging all things that care about him enough to get close.

I bet there are angels in Heaven with black eyes and broken halos
who claimed they fell down the stairs.

I bet your god would’ve made Eve without a mouth
and taught her how to spread her legs like a magazine
that she will never ever ever be pretty enough to be in.

Sooner or later you will realize that you are praying to your own shadow,
that you are standing in front of mirrors and are worshipping your own reflection.
Your God stole my god’s identity and I bet he’s buying pieces of heaven on eBay.

So next time you bend your knees,
next time you bow your head
I want you to
tell your god—
that my god
is looking for him.

—  Rudy Francisco, Your God

Today is Good Friday.
In other words, around 2000 years ago on this day, Jesus took on his shoulder the many sins, anxiety, depression, etc. of many. May we never forget the price He paid on that cross for our sins, and more than that—to give us grace and mercy. With no idea that Sunday was coming. What a Savior… I’m forever thankful for this love. It’s a perfect, crazy not-of-this-world kind of love story.

You are all amazing just how you are! Don’t ever let anyone put you down. Be proud of who you are, you are unique, you are all amazing :) Please don’t ever harm yourself, stand up and love who you are. You are the only “you”. And you are never alone, God loves each and every one of you so much just how you are, always. You are not broken, and you are not wrong for being who you are. God made some of us LGBT and some of us Straight. We are all amazing just how we are :) If you ever need someone to talk to, my email is pastormatt18@aol.com - I am here, always :)