As many of you may know, Tim Cook is all-of-a-sudden Gay. From the Huffington Post, to Mashable, to everything in between, it is the latest rage, yet it’s always been the latest rage. Gawker called my CEO “The most powerful gay man in America” in an article back in 2011. In all honesty, I didn’t think he was gay.

“So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me.”- Tim Cook told Bloomberg in an Editorial.

In my short career at Apple, I’ve noticed that their is a mystery to everyone and everything. From product launches, to the stories behind the personalities, there is something special about all the people I work with and work for. Maybe its the plethora of talent that creates an infinite buzz on the daily. Maybe its how giddy we get with new features or the latest news on MacRumors. Whatever it is, every day I find myself learning from very talented diverse people. People with different beliefs from my own. We have intelligent and balanced conversations. I hear their frustrations with Christianity as I clarify what Jesus did on the Cross for everyone. I listen to their rants about NPR and I share with them the similar views of the Bad Christian Podcast.

I believe we have a lot to learn about when it comes to relationships and culture. But we have to get over the “We & Them” and consider working through things in an unsegregated format. The more anyone knows that you love them, the more they will trust you. Trust me! I’ve gained respect and trust by loving everyone at work unconditionally. Yes, they know where I stand and what the Bible says, but that doesn’t stop them from being my friend.

So what do I do different? I challenge you to talk about your beliefs but don’t be judgemental, be wise as a serpent and gentle as a dove, have courage for we do not have a spirit of fear but of power and sound mind. Be transparent, but most importantly be genuine.

So . . . I’m a Pastor, and I consider being-so one the greatest gifts God has given me. Because this gift produces a compassion for people who are just like me, trying to figure out what it means to be created in the image of God.

 

In All Things,

HM

 

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