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What Would You Do If You Got a Letter From Jesus?

Last year when Australia voted YES for marriage equality, it was one of the biggest victories in LGBTQ history! Shortly after, residents began marrying, even before the 30-day waiting period necessary for couples to start exchanging vows. But of course, not everyone has been thrilled with the idea of marriage equality being the law of the land down under—not even the Man upstairs, apparently.

According to Junkee, residents of one of Sydney’s neighborhoods have been receiving notes from Jesus himself—allegedly—blaming them for the troubles the region has been experiencing. Things like droughts and hail storms are all because of gay marriage.

 

 

These letters began showing up in mailboxes last week.

One resident, Nick Smith, posted his letter on Twitter:

 

 

Smith shared with Junkee:

I opened it because the envelope was hand addressed to ‘resident’ which is rare. The handwriting screams ‘I’m in my 70s’. It was a not great reminder of the postal survey last year and the sort of views which were aerated at the time. It was an all-around crappy time for me and my friends. Sharing it on social and having a laugh about it is a privilege.

Don’t you think Jesus would have known his name?!

The letter reads:

Sydney, 

Do you know why I have dried up your state? You chose the curse last year when your nation collectively decided to vote “YES” to that which I abhor. I have judged and removed that wicked Prime Minister, who gave you the evil desires of your heart, as I said I would through my servant, when writing to your City Council last year. Tell your mayor to humbler herself, left I unleash my fury on her, for inciting such wickedness.  

I have a cup of judgment prepared for your city. The recent hail storm was your warning to turn from wickedness. Plead with your government, reverse your shameful marriage laws glorifying sodomy and adultery, ban fornication, pornography and prostitution, stop killing your unborn children. Ban remarriage and unjustified divorce, or I will bring hail in a violent form of destruction and death and delight to brake your pride. Ask your sister Hobart, what I did to her in May, for rejecting my words.

I Yeshua/Jesus Christ am Eternal life. I bring life and blessing to those who walk upright and curses and death, to those who hate me. Choose who you will serve, but know that I have told you, through my servant.

Jesus, The Messiah.

There you have it. Jesus has spoken.

h/t: Junkee

Former President Jimmy Carter - 'No Problem' With Same-Sex Marriage

While Donald Trump has shown over the past 17 months that his promise to be "better for the gays" than Hillary Clinton to be empty campaign slogans, past presidents have done much more than 'talk the talk.'

President Obama famously told the world in 2012 he believed same-sex couples should be allowed to marry. Additionally, he issued a proclamation every year of his administration recognizing Pride Month.

Each year after the woeful Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy was repealed, Obama's Department of Defense also issued a proclamation observing Pride Month. And, senior Defense officials attended events in honor of LGBTQ Pride.

And Obama wasn't the only president to show support for the LGBTQ community.

In an interview with HuffPost Live in 2015, former President Jimmy Carter shared he believes that Jesus would approve of same-sex marriage.

Promoting his book Faith: A Journey For All, Carter was asked by journalist Marc Lamont how his religious background aligns with the concept of marriage equality.

“That’s no problem with me,” he said. “I think everyone should have a right to get married regardless of their sex.”

The only conflict Carter says he holds regarding the issue would be if a church were forced to perform same-sex marriages which conflicted with that church’s teachings. This, of course, has never happened.

“But those two partners should be able to go to the local courthouse, or to a different church, and get married,” he added.

The 39th president did say abortion was a moral “problem” for him. 

“I have a hard time believing that Jesus, for instance, would approve of abortions “unless it was because of rape or incest or if the mother’s life was in danger.”

Carter admitted that while he has long held a conflict on the issue he ‘went along with that” because his “oath of office was to obey the Constitution and the laws of this country, as interpreted by the Supreme Court.”

Lamont pivoted back to the topic of marriage asking point-blank, “Would Jesus have approved of gay marriage?”

The 93-year-old didn’t hesitate in answering. “I believe he would,” Carter said. “I believe Jesus would. I don’t have any verse and scripture.”

“Jesus would encourage any love affair if it was honest and sincere, and was not damaging to anyone else,” he added. “And I don’t see that gay marriage damages anyone else.”

A longtime ally, Carter campaigned on the idea that “homosexuals should not be singled out for discrimination.”

After winning election, in 1977 Carter became the first sitting president to invite LGBTQ advocates to the White House.

He also shared in 2010 that he feels the United States is ready for an openly gay president.

Watch the interview with HuffPost Live below.

 

(h/t NewNowNext)