Posted by SSL Campaign Manager Dan Furmansky.
“My God’s in a newborn baby child. My God’s in a hundred year old tree. My God is the wind through the valley. My God’s in you. My God’s in me.” – Jeff Barbra
Singer/songwriter Jeff Barbra recently got in touch with the Standing on the Side of Love campaign to let us know about his most requested song, “My God.”
It’s a beautiful song.
I told Jeff after I listened to “My God” that it reminded me of when I testified for the first time before the House Judiciary Committee in my home state of Maryland against an anti-gay constitutional amendment. A staunchly conservative, very anti-gay delegate asked me in an accusing voice after my testimony if I believed in God.
I was absolutely floored by the question.
I told her it was an entirely inappropriate question to be asked in a state government building, and on a public policy issue, no less. But she was adamant that I answer, and the Committee Chair did not rule her out of order.
I thought for a few seconds (which seemed like minutes), and decided to speak my heart.
“Delegate,” I told her. “I do believe in God. But my God is nothing like your God.”