Lection Connection

July 5, 2020: A Love That Makes Neighbours

From Ray McGinnis


On June 15, the United States Supreme Court, in a 6-3 ruling, decided that a person cannot be fired from their job in America simply because they are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. The decision was a surprise given the conservative majority on the bench.


While the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2015 that anyone, regardless of gender, could marry another person, the decision this June is seen as more wide-sweeping in its ramifications. Not everyone wishes to get married. But everyone does need gainful employment in order to pay for shelter, food, transportation and other basic necessities.


Karen Dolan writing in the Institute For Policy Studies Other Words journal stated, “in short, it codifies that people are people and deserve human and civil rights.”


Prior to the June decision, laws in a significant minority of states allowed employers to discriminate against applicants for employment, and against those already hired, if it was learned the person in question had a sexual orientation or gender identify the employer was opposed to.


The decision is viewed as having spillover implications for future rulings in the areas of “housing, education, health care, and even in the occupying of public spaces…”


National Public Radio (NPR) emphasized that the court had expanded the 1964 Civil Rights Act definition of who must be free from discrimination.


One of three cases that was sent to the high court involved Gerald Bostock. He had won awards for his professional service as a child welfare coordinator for Clayton County, Georgia. However, he was subsequently fired when it was learned that he became a member of a gay softball league. He told NPR, “Within months, I was fired for being gay. I lost my livelihood. I lost my medical insurance, and I was recovering from prostate cancer at the time. It was devastating.”


The decision was viewed as a rebuke to the Trump administration who had backed the employers in the case.


Explore…Genesis 24:34–38, 42–49, 58–67

  • What kind of relationship do Rebekah and Isaac have?
  • What signs did Isaac look for to be certain that Rebekah was to be his betrothed?
  • What faith did Rebekah show in committing to a life together with Isaac?
  • What difference does it make that the United States Supreme Court has ruled that anyone in America, regardless of their sexual status or orientation, can seek employment without fear of discrimination?
  • What kind of future does this ruling make possible?
  • Of the people you have chosen to include in your life, have there been any that have been a catalyst for faith, inspiration, hospitality? Love?



Oh God who gives us signs, help us to discern the next thing you are doing to make our lives catalysts for hospitality, faith, and love. Help us to see how those you have placed in front of us may be God-given, and how we can become part of stories to encourage others on the way. In Christ we pray. Amen.


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