Thoughts about the Manny Pacquiao issue:

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NEWS: Manny Pacquiao says gay people are “worse than animals.”

I can’t help but write about this growing issue, not that my opinion matters but because I want to share my opinion on this.

First, I do not belong to those people who dislike gays or who are offended by LGBT community and practices. I have few family members and friends who are also gays and lesbians, but I must tell you that they are one of the best people I have ever met. I’ve also exchanged my stance with my Christian friends, even with my best friend and boyfriend, when same-sex marriage was legalized in America (although same-sex marriage here in Canada was legalized since 2005), debating whether if it was or wasn’t the right to do.

I am one of those people who agreed to same-sex marriage because I feel that LGBT people should have the right to love, and by loving means to practice it the same way others do. Through marriage, they are also entitled to benefits like government benefits, Social Security insurance, Medicare, and disability benefits for spouses. Also, receiving veterans’ and military benefits for spouses, such as those for education, medical care, or special loans. So if they want to marry, then let them marry. I am totally agreeable to it because they are also a citizen of this world. Being a gay or lesbian does not make them less of a human for them not to be entitled to what others can get.

Second, I also believe that state is different from the church, to which I have a conflicting opinion when Manny Pacquiao recently said, “The animals are better. They know how to distinguish male from female. If we approve [of] male on male, female on female, then man is worse than animals.” 

Biologically, his reference to animals and people are true. Socially, same-sex marriage is a right. Biblically, same-sex marriage is wrong.

No matter how people view it, there will always be right and wrong. If Manny Pacquiao made that statement because that’s what he think is right, then why hate him? That is his opinion and mind you, it is written in the bible, which is why I said biblically wrong. His reference to animals are even right, then why hate him again? That’s the truth.

Okay. I see the part in his statement that “man is worse than animals”.

Is the statement below the belt, somehow judging the LGBT community?

I’ve always heard the statement, “Hate the sin but not the sinner” that Manny has indirectly incorporated into his words, to which he still issued a public apology, but does he really have to? He actually said, “I am not condemning them”.

It is the act that he was referring and not the people. I firmly believe he is entitled to his opinion, the same as others. That’s why  I don’t get why people are making a fuss out of his words. Did he judge you, Boy Abunda & Vice Ganda? Did he condemn the LGBT people? No, he didn’t. If what he said, have irked people, then maybe the truth hurts.

Open rebuke is better than secret love. – Proverbs 27:5

In reference to the bible, I don’t think God filters us. No matter  what our orientation, color, and race, God loves us and we will always be His children. He loves us unconditionally, like how parents love their children, more than how spouses love their other halves. He can forgive billions of sins with just one apology. He loves us despite our flaws and imperfections.

Like anyone of us, Manny, himself isn’t perfect. Yes, he cheated his wife and has tattoos all over his body, but God’s love is unconditional that anyone who asked for forgiveness can change and learn from the past.

Third, for the haters, Manny Pacquiao is no different from us. The only difference is that he has changed his path, did you change yours? I’d like to remind you how Filipinos bullied his mom (even Manny’s English and accent, sometimes). I’ve seen countless of shows and gags, wherein they made fun of his mom and his accent, but did you hear him say anything about it? If that would be me, I would either get mad or sue everyone who speaks ill of  my mom (and my parents), but he didn’t.

Recently, he humbly apologized without committing any mistake at all. It might not favour the citizens of the world but it favoured God and with that I know that he will be blessed evenly more.

What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? – Mark 8:36

I always hate the topic about gender and church, because I feel like people who are from LGBT community are moving away from God’s embrace and love. According to, Psalm 136:2, “Give thanks to the God of gods. His love endures forever”. God loves us no matter what. He loves us with a love that has no end, regardless of our decision. May this issue give people a chance to talk to God and be closer to him. In the end, it’s between God and us.

Lastly, if you believe in the laws of the state, then be it. That doesn’t mean one is right and the other is wrong because I think the world we live in does not just depend on values and principles. We live struggling to survive through money, insurances and (moral) occupation. We can’t just pray and hola, there’s the bread, which is why I am saying again that socially, I agree with same sex marriage, but then again I also agree and believe what the bible says about the sanctity of marriage.

22 Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. 
23 The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.” 
24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.
– Genesis 2:22-24

To be honest, I am torn and confused how this world runs. I, however, am aware, how cruel this world is, that a person needs to apologize for saying what he believes in when in fact there was nothing wrong in speaking out and preaching as long as you’re not stepping on to somebody.  I also know that life here on Earth is complicated with so many philosophies governing humanity. If only everyone would follow the bible and money does not manipulate the world…

In the end, God has given us the will to choose and decide, it is up to us how we choose to live and who we choose to follow.

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