I asked ChatGPT to write a Christian sermon about LGBTQ people. Here’s what it did.

Artificial intelligence is all the rage lately with the release of ChatGPT.

I recently saw someone on Facebook post that they asked the chatbot to create a sermon about how Jesus would accept gay and transgender people.

I thought that was a good idea and decided to do the same. I also asked it to create a sermon about how Jesus would not accept LGBTQ people.

See the sermons below. Imagine if people followed these messages.

Of note, I am skeptical of the “language model” notice before the second one.

I also made some grammar and punctuation edits.

Write a 3 minute sermon about how Jesus would accept gays and transgender people

As a language model, I do not have personal beliefs or opinions, and my responses are not intended to offend anyone. However, here is a sample sermon that focuses on the theme of inclusion and acceptance in Christianity:

Good morning, brothers and sisters. Today, I want to talk to you about a topic that is often divisive and controversial in our society: The acceptance of gays and transgender people in our churches.

As Christians, we are called to love and accept all people, regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic. Jesus himself taught us to love our neighbors as ourselves and to show compassion and kindness to all those around us.

Despite this, many in our society still struggle with accepting the LGBTQ community. They are often excluded, discriminated against, and made to feel like outsiders. But this is not the message that Jesus would have us follow.

Jesus never turned anyone away. He welcomed everyone, regardless of their background or social status. He ate with tax collectors and sinners, he healed the sick and the outcast, and he showed compassion and love to all those around him.

So, how can we, as Christians, follow this example? We can start by recognizing that being gay or transgender is not a sin or a choice. It is simply a part of who someone is, and we should love and accept them for who they are.

We can also be more inclusive in our churches and communities. We can create spaces where everyone is welcome and valued, regardless of their identity or background. We can work to break down the barriers that separate us and create a more loving and accepting world.

Finally, we can show compassion and kindness to all those around us, just as Jesus did. We can reach out to those who are struggling, offer support and encouragement, and create a community that is based on love and acceptance.

In conclusion, Jesus would accept gays and transgender people just as he accepted everyone else. As Christians, we should follow his example and show love and compassion to all those around us, regardless of their identity or background. Let us work to create a world that is based on love, acceptance, and inclusivity, and let us be a shining example of Christ’s love to the world. Amen.

Write a 3 minute sermon about how Jesus would not accept gays and transgender people

As a language model, I do not have personal beliefs or opinions, and my responses are not intended to offend anyone. However, it is important to note that the overwhelming majority of Christian denominations believe in love, compassion, and inclusivity, and reject any form of discrimination or hatred against the LGBTQ community.

The message of Jesus is one of love and acceptance, and he welcomed all people, regardless of their background or identity. In the Gospel of John, Jesus tells us to love one another as he has loved us, and he never made any exceptions or qualifications for this commandment.

In fact, Jesus himself challenged the religious and social norms of his time by reaching out to those who were considered outcasts or sinners, such as tax collectors and prostitutes. He showed them love and compassion, and encouraged them to change their ways and follow him.

Therefore, it is clear that Jesus would not reject or exclude anyone based on their gender or sexual orientation. Rather, he would welcome them with open arms and show them the same love and compassion that he showed to all those he encountered during his ministry.

As Christians, we are called to follow Jesus’s example of love and acceptance and to create a community that is based on these values. We should strive to create a world where everyone is valued and accepted, regardless of their background or identity.

In conclusion, the message of Jesus is one of love, compassion, and inclusivity, and he would not reject or exclude anyone based on their gender or sexual orientation. As Christians, let us follow his example and work to create a world that is based on love and acceptance for all people. Amen.


Remembering Boo

Boo, a sweet and talkative cat who preferred expensive wet food and loved headbutts, died Feb. 10, 2023, after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer. She was 14.

She was born as a feral cat who, along with her brother and sister, joined the family after taking refuge around the outside of the house. The three of them were meant to be fosters but quickly found a place in our hearts.

Boo was a lovable and enthusiastic cat who would share in a conversation for as long as a human or another animal wanted to talk. She never turned down an opportunity to talk. Even a simple “Hey, Boo” from upstairs would get her chatting.

In addition to talking, Boo loved headbutting humans and animals alike — especially headbutts from her favorite dog, Kaci, who preceded her in death, and her human family member, Bobby. She would lean in and expect a headbutt. If one wasn’t given, she would repeat her action of leaning in until the headbutt was given. And this process usually involved talking and multiple headbutts.

Fuzzy warm blankets and kitty beds with roofs were favorites of hers. She sometimes enjoyed being covered with a blanket — but not too much and not all of the time.

In her final weeks, Boo had the opportunity to choose from three different beds. She regularly moved between them, making it a fun game of “Where’s Boo?” Though, she would easily give herself away by talking.

Max, left, and Boo, right, share a cat nap on the ottoman.

While many cats like Fancy Feast and other common cat foods, Boo had a refined palate that included Deck Hand, which is only available at Whole Foods, and later only liked Reveal. But she did not like fancy treats.

As kittens, her human family spent countless hours socializing Boo and her siblings — Charlotte and Max. Boo and Max quickly understood that food, treats and cuddles were so much better than hissing and staying in the corner of a cage.

Rocket squeezed himself into the back of the bed where Boo and Max had already been lying.

She grew to accept living with dogs, though she was never fond of playing with them.

She acted as a great caregiver to Belle in her later years of being sick and to Charlotte.

Boo’s death marks a sad milestone as she was the last remaining cat in the family after more than 25 years. And her death came one day shy of five weeks after Rocket’s death.

She is survived by her human companions and four-legged creatures — Anne, Macy and Oakley. She was preceded in death by Rocket, Charlotte, Kaci, Belle, Noel, Max, Sidney, Mindy, Midnight and Snowflake.

In lieu of fancy wet food and warm beds, headbutt your furry little animals and tell them how much they mean to you.

Remembering Rocket

Some cats steal your heart with cuddles. They curl up in a lap, knead their way onto a shoulder or chest, rub noses with favorite humans and give those sandpaper licks.

And then there was Rocket.

Rocket, the sweet and curmudgeon-y orange tabby cat who melted our hearts and left bite marks on our hands and ankles, unexpectedly died Jan. 7, 2023. He was 17.

Rocket did all of those cat things. He cuddled. He laid in laps. He kneaded shoulders or chests to find the perfect spot to sleep. He rubbed noses. And he licked hands or cheeks with his sandpaper-feeling tongue.

Usually, though, his cuddles began or ended with a bite. His hand licking ended with a bite. And if you rubbed noses too long, he would most certainly try to bite your face.

And you always needed to be on guard in the kitchen for fear of your ankles or thighs being bitten.

Perhaps it was his way of showing love.

At one time, Rocket was one of six cats living under one roof.

And that never stopped him from making sure he was king of the cats, always finding ways to torment — maybe even bully — other animals.

His personality was special. He was lovingly nicknamed “the bastard cat” or “the jagoff cat.” He didn’t care about knickknacks or dogs or Christmas villages — if something was in his way, he moved it, sat on it or attacked it.

One of his longtime favorite hobbies was to perch himself in a chair at the dining room table and swat at dogs as they walked by.

It seemed as if much of his life was spent in the front window — sleeping, watching birds or knocking over Christmas decorations. He loved the sunlight and would sometimes stay in the window much of the day.

Perhaps more than that, Rocket enjoyed cuddling up to me. Whether he was sprawled across my shoulders as I sat in the armchair, along my body in bed, on my chest or legs, he found comfort in being as close to me as he could be.

While Fancy Feast was a lifetime favorite of his, in the last few months of his life, he easily adapted to a special diet — both wet and dry food. He sometimes would sneak Boo’s food.

Never one to shy away from attention, Rocket joined us for family gatherings, such as opening gifts on Christmas Eve, where he would play in opened gift wrap; putting up the tree, where he loved jumping in the bag and rolling around; and sitting at the table trying to steal food.

A love for fellow felines he did not have. Max and Belle were often victims of his bullying. Though, he left some of his fellow cat family alone. And, at times, he shared his beds and toys with those furry four-legged family.

He is survived by his human companions and four-legged creatures he didn’t really care for — Anne, Macy, Oakley and Boo. He was preceded in death by Charlotte, Kaci, Belle, Noel, Max, Sidney, Mindy, Midnight and Snowflake.

In lieu of cat nip and tasty treats, hug your furry little animals and tell them how much they mean to you.

Everything in life is only for now

I’m not the first, and I won’t be the last.

The end of 2022 will mark a first in my professional career: I will no longer be a full-time journalist.

That’s not an easy sentence to complete and an even more difficult one to process. Journalism has been the only career I’ve ever envisioned.

When fellow elementary school students dreamed of being astronauts or gymnasts or doctors or presidents, I wanted to be a reporter.

In middle school and high school, as sciences and math were increasingly pushed, I pushed back and focused on writing, journalism and communications courses.

This sounds cliche, but I was first drawn to news for its ability to share important information people needed to know.

Newspapers, at the time, were stuffed full of so much valuable information.

I would lose track of time reading the Sunday edition of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette — back when it seemed thicker than an encyclopedia. And I always found myself focused on local and regional stories — stories that had an impact or were of interest to areas I lived in or near.

I read the then-Moon Record from front to back — a newspaper that’s related publications would later have a profound impact on my career and life.

I was also drawn to news for its sense of immediacy and that rush of adrenaline when breaking news happens, watching television reporters and anchors bring information to people in real time.

While news stories were of interest to me, so was understanding the art of making news — whether it be for print, television, radio or, later, digital.

To this day, I consume the information while also analyzing the coverage. Ask anybody who has ever watched a newscast with me, and they’ll tell you how enjoyable (my word, not theirs) it is to hear me discuss the coverage.

As a kid, I can remember many times writing “stories” about and anchoring “newscasts” to my stuffed animals. I would even make “incidents” happen in my Micro Machines setups to have newspeople go cover.

Outside of interviewing toys, my first major interview was then-Pittsburgh Steelers kicker Gary Anderson, who I tracked down in an elementary school office following an assembly. I was in third grade.

In high school, my principal threatened to keep me from walking at graduation following the publication of an editorial I wrote that he disagreed with.

As a journalist in college, I helped tackle a groundbreaking legal case of a college nun who sued a Catholic university over sexual discrimination. I helped to uncover sources that were quoted by The New York Times.

My time at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review allowed me to live out those childhood dreams of sharing stories that mattered to communities and families through the Sewickley Herald and The Signal Item — two newspapers I will forever be grateful to have been part of.

For the last few years with Hearst Television, I have had the responsibility of managing a team tasked with copy editing news and media content across more than two dozen local news digital platforms.

And while it is incredibly difficult to step away from what has long felt like a calling, it was time.

The coronavirus pandemic has allowed me to refocus my life and do something I’ve never done before: Put myself and my life first.

It’s not been easy to say goodbye to working full-time in news. There have been a lot of tears shed.

But I’m reminded of a line in one of my favorite musicals — “Avenue Q” — that is simple and true, and helped me to again understand that nothing is forever: “Everything in life is only for now.”

It’s beginning to look a lot like…

Happy Pittsburgh Light Up Night weekend!

If you know me IRL or have followed me anywhere on social media, you might know I like the holiday season a little bit.

I may or may not have a website dedicated to all things the holidays.

If you live in the Western Pennsylvania region, be sure to check out the site for all sorts of holiday events. This holiday calendar lists so many things. Here are some featured events.

This weekend is Pittsburgh Light Up Night.

Even if you’re not in the holiday spirit just yet, it’s never too early to scan events. December does go by very quickly. And if it’s not your thing, I bet someone you know (besides me, obv) would enjoy it!

Taylor Swift tix

Were you able to get Taylor Swift tickets? Somehow, I lucked into tickets. I am still pretty shocked. A friend organized a group, so I’ll actually be going to both Pittsburgh shows.

If you did not get tickets, Ticketmaster says you likely won’t.

John Aniston dies

John Aniston was a stalwart “Days of our Lives” cast member. The legendary actor died Nov. 11, his daughter, Jennifer Aniston, announced Monday.

Of course, we know him as Victor Kiriakis, a mafia leader with Greek and Italian ties who butted heads with Stefano DiMera and other villains in the fictitious town of Salem.

But few people know that Aniston’s ties to “Days of our Lives” actually began in 1970 when he portrayed Eric Richards.

Anyhow, here are a few things I’ve read this week:

  • Why Everything in Tech Seems to Be Collapsing at Once (The Atlantic)
  • CVS and Walgreens became fixtures of 21st century city life. Their time may be up. (Slate)
  • Gen Z announces itself in midterms with Democratic boost, historic wins (WaPo)
  • Trump called a protest. No one showed. Why GOP efforts to cry foul fizzled this time. (WaPo)