Pastor and his husband at a Church in Cincinnati
This picture had been floating around the internet with commentary as an example of how horrible of a direction the Christian Church was going. I read the comments. I saw some of the hate spewing from “Christian” men and women. It made me wonder how much attention they paid to the sermons being preached, to the words they were reading in the Bible, or how little respect they had for others in general.
Let me start out by stating some facts about myself.
I consider myself a Christian. I don’t identify with any one particular denomination. I respect other religions. I have an understanding of the facts; different religions may word things differently, but in the end, they may have similar beliefs. I never understood how a Christian could have a problem with Native American’s faith, saying it isn’t right because they pray to different Gods. News Flash silly Christian, to someone new to Christianity, they believe we pray to different Gods (Father, Son, Holy Ghost, Jesus, Yahweh, etc.) Can you see how that could be confusing to someone not familiar with Christianity in general?
I am ok with different sexual orientations. I don’t care if someone is homosexual, bisexual, heterosexual. Your sexual orientation does not define you, just as mine does not define me. If your sexual orientation is the only thing you have in your life to define you as a person, you have a problem and may need some professional help, but it can’t be solved by others hating you.
I’m pretty open minded and try to be respectful of everyone. I try to look at things from different perspectives. I’m not perfect. I know I’m not. I don’t think anyone is perfect.
With that out of the way, I have a major problem with anyone who identifies themselves as a Christian then proceed to openly (or secretly) bash those who are openly gay or lesbians. Some can get so downright nasty, you would think they were talking about a felonious person! I have heard some “Christians” put gay men in the same category as pedophiles. Are you kidding me? How dare you?
Let’s start with the basics taught in all Sunday School Classes. Judge Not Lest ye be Judged Let’s look further at this.
1“Do not judge so that you will not be judged. 2“For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you. 3“Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 4“Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye? 5“You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye. Matthew 7:1-5 NASB
No where in the Bible does it say, Hey , it’s OK to judge on the things YOU think are wrong, this only applies to some situations.
I want to break this down even further. Let’s take the perspective being gay is a sin. (I do NOT believe it is a sin, I am saying it for the sake of this post) If it IS a sin, it still does not make sense for Christians to take such a harsh stand or to make such negative comments towards those who identify themselves as gay or lesbians. Let’s see what the Bible has to say about this attitude.
8If, however, you are fulfilling the royal law according to the Scripture, “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF,” you are doing well. 9But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. 10For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all. 11For He who said, “DO NOT COMMIT ADULTERY,” also said, “DO NOT COMMIT MURDER.” Now if you do not commit adultery, but do commit murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. 12So speak and so act as those who are to be judged by the law of liberty. 13For judgment will be merciless to one who has shown no mercy; mercy triumphs over judgment. James 2:8-13 NASB
OK, let’s break this down a little more. “if you show partiality” This means you don’t get to like one person more than another just because they fit your ideal mold of a person better. “…yet stumbles in one point” NO ONE can say they haven’t stumbled and sinned at one point or another.
Sin is sin. Speeding is breaking the law, therefore, you have sinned. It’s as simple as that. You took an ink pen from the office, so you STOLE from them, therefore, you have sinned. Do you see my point? It is that simple. We sin. Now, back to my point; if YOU believe being gay is a sin, then it’s a sin. SO WHAT! Get over yourself. You sin, they sin, everyone is guilty of a sin. Let’s try a little respect and love for those you believe are sinning instead of hate and gossip. It might get you further.
Last, only because it drives home my point and I want to have a little fun with this post as well, for the Christians who still want to keep going about how horrible being gay is, you need to consider the alternative. Even with your Gay is sin thought, it’s just sin. It isn’t an abomination. Do you KNOW what is???
10 But whatever is in the seas and in the rivers that does not have fins and scales among all the teeming life of the water, and among all the living creatures that are in the water, they are detestable things to you, 11 and they shall be [a]abhorrent to you; you may not eat of their flesh, and their carcasses you shall detest. 12 Whatever in the water does not have fins and scales is [b]abhorrent to you. Leviticus 11:10-12 NASB
Yes, the next time you want to dig into some shrimp or lobster, remember the King James Version says it is an ABOMINATION UNTO YOU. I don’t know about you, but I’m more comfortable with a sin than an abomination!
I know, I know, you’re going to want to justify it, explain it, explain why it is OK to eat shrimp because you love shrimp and you don’t want to lose it, IT IS TIME TO stop justifying the things you love and accept and casting stones on the things and people you don’t.
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