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Eric’s Sunday Sermon; Being Gay These Days

Updated on September 1, 2019
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Holding degrees in philosophy and Law. Formal studies or certificates or degrees in business, theology, insurance and security. Ex-preacher.

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What is Going On?

Now I am so clueless about Gay these here days. Is gay a turn of loving? I reckon since man has been alive people have been gay. I probably am one of the gayest guys that you would ever meet. But seems nowadays “gay” has to do with “sexual orientation”. I get all get all gay hugging my wife. Can’t gay just mean happy with who and what you are?

I am happy and in that I love my Christ I know how much he loved Peter and Paul and …. For sure I got no answers here. Gay was the good news.

And then they have this word queer. Well on my definition I is more queer than anyone I know. I think I read that queer is different. I just always thought of me as queer. My young son and I labeled a caterpillar queer yesterday. So different than others. Yet it was just a happy caterpillar with no choice but to be red. We kind of hid him/her in our tomato patch. Sunrise today and he was still there.

That caterpillar was a wrong color that would attract a bird to get it. Some random predator who needed to eat. I reckon I was thinking of being vegetarian the other day and I just crossed my legs and sat down next to my garden of plants. Danged but eating these plant guys seems wrong. Maybe that is a gay and queer thought. Do not think poorly of me I beg. But know I am gay and queer. I could go on and figure I would starve without eating a living thing. But I see little difference between a plant and an animal. That is crazy I know. What? A difference in humans? I do not get it.

My ex-wife Betty has a dog of 18 years. My young son, of a different mother, loves Betty and the dog. Makes no sense at all. So we just wonder what we love. I for sure love my elder brothers. Maybe we do not get to pick who or what we love. I am working on that. But until I conclude this matter in my mind I just get to love anyone who loves.

I need to make judgments I know. But the jury instructions have not clarified differing love yet. The judge has no ruled on any kind of love being wrong.

Brotherhood of "man". Hmm, What an Idea

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Whats Going On

Now I was listening to a song called “There Will Be Days Like This”. And it is not about bummer days. It is about great days that mom told us about. We will reference. I have not come to grips with “yellow” people. I lived years in Asia. They are not brown or yellow there. They are very white. Of course like me those who have worked the land are brown. But my wife insists she is yellow. Southern Vietnam and it seems to be a badge of honor to be “yellow”. You think that logic goes nowhere, wrong.

//// I break up here for a moment. Angelita and I got into a deal. You know what I mean. She was trimming bushes across the street. She is only an

82 year old Pilipino American who came to the USA via her boy/husband being a sailor for USA. We got all hot and heavy about our children telling us to take it easy. People/kids are crazy////

Gay and age seem to get similar treatment. Hmm. I just take from them. I drink up their joy of life like a cup of wine. I probably should give more than I take, but they give so much I am busy soaking it up. Funny but youth is the same. I just love younger folk. They bring so little strife or angry, they are just onto butterflies and that kind of thing. Again I take far more than I give.

I coached quite a bit in my youth. Some of those girls are lesbian. Is lesbian even a category of human. I think it is like race. Race is not really a science concept. So Africans are fast and Caucasians more smash mouth. And I think Alaskans more endurance. I think Tibetans are finer at mountains and Parisians better at culture. Of course there is no fine line. For instance I do terrible at all things above. Yet I can do all which is very queer.

Chickens are strange and cows are nuts. Cabbage is quite interesting to grow and onions on the gay side. Wait a moment, did I just say it that way? Time to check my inclinations. Have fun and laugh at me. I am so gay I do not care one tiny bit. I wonder today what straight folks are doing. What does “straight” mean anyway.

I Just Cannot Forget Love

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Just a little about Love

I already know that you want me to get to the point. How about I do not have one. Hihihi. You know I do. What would happen if Muslims loved Jews? Well by golly jingles and sakes alive, they do. What would happen if Buddhists loved Christians? Oh my what would happen if blacks liked whites? This is too much fun because 99% percent of us do that. Our above reference to gay and queer and lesbian and what ever is to prove the point. We really do love each other. The .01 group of hate just makes the news. The news in my homes is all about the love baby.

Now I walked Mexico City DF with a bag of pot in one pocket and one of coke in another and a bottle of whiskey in the back pocket. Movies cannot depict my depravity. If there was an ugly man playing fast and loose with the ladies I would fight him up or down. Just imagine that. The fun was in the risk and fight.

The point being that persuasion never has made one difference to me. I do declare and reckon I got no call to judge. That honky over there has got nothing on me. I don’t think I ever did fight a man because of his skin. I am working on thinking on that.

I fought with big sister out of 3 a few times. She would make a hard rock seem soft. Still tough as nails near 70. Love that lady. Her husband gone away to death is still a best friend.

Perhaps old Eric has lost his marbles. I do not know anyone not worth loving. I just have this little “tumor” in my heart. It won’t let me know who not to love. Now that is crazy. I reckon I like crazy. I wonder if queer and gay mean crazy? Well with me they probably are in good company. I definitely have some weird streaks in me.

So we end up with labels. I think that is fine, we only talk in labels in the end. It would suit me just fine if you labeled me. I think everyone would label me differently but probably all would agree that I am not “normal”.

You are also quite strange. Wahoo!! Let us all go crazy together.

Maybe the only real thing we can actually share is love. We cannot not share that. I will see you on the other side of hate. Because I just can’t do it.

Love until your heart breaks because love will put it back together.


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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Mona. Your two on Churchill and Lincoln are outstanding on love. Loving each other in such ways is amazing. And there we have it - centuries and centuries and love is a constant.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 

      14 months ago from Philippines

      I very much enjoyed following your stream of consciousness, Eric, and I do agree with your conclusion. Love never goes out of style.

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      Eric Dierker 

      14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Shaloo thank you. I told my son yesterday that I would spank him if he did not love more. We laughed to hard.

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      Shaloo Walia 

      14 months ago from India

      This is such a beautiful hub. God has made all creatures but we keep labelling them according to our petty mindsets. May love and good sense prevail!

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      Eric Dierker 

      15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Rodric it is amazing how we acclimate here. In the home here it is 78 and I am shivering. Be good.

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      Rodric Anthony 

      15 months ago from Surprise, Arizona

      Eric, you better believe it. My power bill was almost 600 bucks last month! That is shameful, but we are hot! It is normally in the 150 to 200 buck range. We live and we learn to save up for the summer months!

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      Eric Dierker 

      15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dora I made the boy git to it today. He is out shoveling. Ten minutes and then he gets ten minutes on his thing. I was just dancing and he said I was gay. He has no clue on the sex deal yet. Life cannot get better!!

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      Dora Weithers 

      15 months ago from The Caribbean

      Eric, you just can't talk about people and not get to the point of love. Is that part of you being gay? But then, you get straight to the point.

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      Eric Dierker 

      15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Now Mr. Truzy you lift me up "that's His job. Mine is to love, love and love more, which is always" is what you said. Now you are busting my heart up. Now today will be easy. It is hotter than Lucifer's home so all I have to do is walk the street and find someone too hot. I got my ice chest all filled. /sorry no beer/. Half frozen water on the neck does wonders.

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      Eric Dierker 

      15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Wonderful Rodric (Now you stay out of that 110 degree weather I figure in Peoria) We will top out at a mere 100 even. It is all to the good. I will do some trekking and burn up salt and get to eat a bunch tonight :-)

      You are so on track with loving it warms my heart. I think we are of different "religions". However you and I share the religion of love. Keep those kids of yours in school with the AC!!

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      Tim Truzy 

      15 months ago from U.S.A.

      Hi, Eric, one of my best long-time friends is a woman who prefers the company of women who served with honor in Desert Storm. She admits she knows many such individuals who are not at all happy. But she proudly is gay, happy every day of her life, and truly loves Jesus.

      I don't judge her; she was shot at for the sake of our country. I love her like an older sister.

      I was sharing that true story because I agree with you. Love has no borders and we can't judge because that's His job. Mine is to love, love and love more, which is always why I keep reading (and will not stop) articles which encourage us to do so, like yours.

      My pastor always said: "If it was easy to love and get over our hangups, then Jesus would not have to have come here to give us guidance."

      Thanks again for your uplifting and motivating article. Respect and admiration.

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      Rodric Anthony 

      15 months ago from Surprise, Arizona

      I like this: "So we end up with labels. I think that is fine, we only talk in labels in the end. "

      Love is the answer. My deal, Eric, is I have decided to call people what they want to be called and love them as much as I can without judging them or compromising the truths I know. I constantly fail at it, but one of those truths is that I can repent and change as long as I live. I make sure my kids know that it is not okay to use hateful language about anyone, and not to judge people by the acts they commit because we are all more than the bad things we do.

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      Eric Dierker 

      15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Mary I was just thinking about children and folks of differing beliefs. Oops. We are intolerant. Bad on us. Children are loud and obnoxious and other beliefs bother us. Well that seems wrong.

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      Mary Norton 

      15 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      I love your statement, Love until your heart breaks. I know several friends and family who have gay kids and there is a struggle there to accept it. Often, their love is stronger that they learn to accept but it is hard. There is so much fear in gay people or people of other races not to be accepted so showing our love really helps.

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      Eric Dierker 

      15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Lori you are a full master wordsmith so I love your intro in your comment. If you look up "race" you will find that there isn't any. Now my wife is Asian I am Caucasian so our boy is mixed race. Yet genetically speaking that is full on nonsense. Now with that said, someone from Alaska born and bred and someone Ethiopian have different traits - but not different races.

      So I think I get gay pride but I do not have any pride in my sexual orientation.

      I think I am proud to be a husband and father?

      Now Lori I could throw in a bunch more "sinful" things about my past. Now I am basically down to binge eating ice cream.

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      Eric Dierker 

      15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dana I do appreciate your comment. In writing this I had to take about 30 minutes to research the percentages of folks with LGBT identifications. Well it just kept coming back to me that I cannot identify a person by orientation anymore.

      I hope that is not disrespectful.

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      Eric Dierker 

      15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Oh Ruby you would have laughed with me and my best friend brother-in-law. They kept dropping by to give their last respects. We would act all somber. No question, Stage 4 with pancreatic involvement is a death sentence. But we had our secret that I was not going to die. We had a blast not dying. hihihi.

      Some days are just fantastic. Some lives are like that.

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      Lori Colbo 

      15 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      I said "Holy crap" when I read this sentence: "Is lesbian even a category of human. I think it is like race.?" You may get flack for that statement, maybe not. It didn't offend me because I think I know what you meant but PC is out and about.

      It's funny how words change meaning over time. A friend of mine (not a close friend) is very much an advocate for LGBTQ and perhaps she is gay, I don't know. But one time a couple of years ago she posted something on facebook and used the word queer. I was horrified because back in the day to call a gay person a queer was like using the "n" word. So I wrote her and asked about it and she told me it's now an acceptable term in the LGBTQ community. Go figure. If you think of it even in technology terms, we are using words that used to be something totally different. Like a mouse, a tablet, hashtag (the label on a can of corn beef hash), hack, twitter, tweet, facebook (having your face in a book). One could write a whole hub on it. Blessings to you Eric. Can't imagine you as a drug and alcohol guy but we all have a past and mine is not lily-white. Take care.

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      Dana Tate 

      15 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      I love the picture of the clouds. I always think of "gay" as being happy and queer is odd or different. I know people who the world call "gay" some of them are the nicest people. Who am I to judge, according to my bible we have all fallen short so I will let the Lord be the judge of us all.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      15 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Eric, I had a family member who was gay. He was 22 when he died from AIDS. He was treated so badly by his sibling's he left home here in Il. and moved to LA. We lost contact with him until the night he called my sister to tell her he was dying. He could barely speak. He told her he loved her. He died that night, the Dr. called my sis. and asked her if she would give permission to give his body to study the organs to see what AIDS did. I went to his funeral, of course the casket was closed, but they has a picture of him on the casket. He was beautiful, long lashes, curly hair a beautiful girl in a mans body. I can not make a judgement. I will not make a judgement. I leave that up to God. You have a beautiful soul my friend...

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      Eric Dierker 

      15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Rock on Bill!!!

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      Bill Holland 

      15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Too far behind to catch up on reading, due to a trip out of town this weekend, so I'll just wish you a great week ahead.

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      Eric Dierker 

      15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Here is a fun one John, I wrote a piece regarding Samuel Clemons and you know the word that came up regarding period pieces of the times. I got threatened and lost "friends".

      I was laughing with an old Hopi buddy about not being allowed to call them "Indians" anymore.

      Well I guess the PC police are very active. People laugh at me when I say I am a "writer".

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      John Hansen 

      15 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Oh Eric is is funny how easily people are labelled when I was a child gay also meant “exceedingly happy” and we used to have candy cigarettes called “fags”...I see they are still around but don’t have red tips to look like a lit cigarette and have had the name changed to “fads.”

      I also read that Marvin Gaye the soul and R & B singer changed his name from his family name “Gay” to improve his prospects of success.

      Old sermon again We shouldn’t judge or label...just try to show everyone love and acceptance.

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      Eric Dierker 

      15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Flourish my daughter was making fun of me today. I am a bit old and a bit "big". We were really laughing about her making fun of me. Probably 20 hugs today. Her little brother teared up seeing her get on the Red Eye back to DC. I garden and she flies around the country with Eric Holden. We are as different as a grasshopper and an owl.

      Love abounds.

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      Eric Dierker 

      15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Pamela, loving folks of all walks did not come quick but it came easy with time. I never really struggled with it I just did not resist it. Spent some real quality - 3 hr. time with my ex-wife today. My young boy just adores her. I think my bride his mom finally gets that kind of love.

      What is there not to love in life.

      I have never seen a dandelion I did not like. I here they call them weeds.

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      15 months ago from USA

      This was very philosophical and reminded me of the words of one of my many uncles.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      15 months ago from Sunny Florida

      if we do share love, then I think we share kindness and that must be a good thing. It seems you you everyone and that is a good thing Eric. Interesting sermon as usual!


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