“They told these kids that anyone who was gay was going to die at the age of 42,” she said. “It just blows me away that no one stopped this.” Comment by a mother concerning the “Christian” rock group Junkyard Prophets.
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Whether it is standing in support of DOMA, DADT, protesting against anti-bullying legislation or gay pride parades, or stating on a talk show how gay people are “un-natural”, we Christians have a very strange way of showing the love we purport to have for the LGBT community.
In a recent conversation with a fellow Christian, who happens to embrace with passion his fundamentalist label, I mentioned that his attitudes and actions toward gay people looked more like hate, rather than love. he in turn decided to “warn” other people about me, and then told me he didn’t hate anyone.
Let me just be clear here. I understand where many on the far right are coming from, I was there once. I understand that in the Bible there are 6 passages out of 31,240 that mention something about homosexual behavior ( but how these are interpreted is critical). What I don’t understand is why it is so important for some of us, as believers, to try to force a morality on others who do not see things the same way.
So I am left with questions.
Why is it important for fundamentalists to deny marriage to same-sex couples?
Why it is important to make sure that gay, lesbian, and transgender youth are not protected by anti-bullying laws?
Why is it important for LGBT military personnel to remain “in the closest”, thus denying their identity?
Why come up with questionable statistics and surveys that seek to terrify the average Christian into believing the “end is near” because the LGBT community is finally being given the civil rights the rest of America has enjoyed for years?
Why demonize gay men as pedophiles when the facts run counter to assertion?
Why perpetuate the great “Gay Agenda” myth that there are secret underground meetings of “the gays” trying to overthrow America?
Why insist that homosexuals are trying to recruit young people into their movement through indoctrination in the public schools? Does that mean that the heterosexual community has been trying to indoctrinate gay youth into their lifestyle?
This is how that Evangelical church shows love LGBT community?
Please to not trot out the old cliché “love the sinner, hate the sin” crap either. You cannot claim to love someone who identifies with the sin you hate.
We, as the church, have done a great injustice to people who are gay. Many have been driven from the church and from their families because we have not learned how to love unconditionally. We make, the desire to want to be straight a pre-requisite to the Gospel of grace. We have told untold thousands to either “turn or burn”. We applauded the advent of AIDS as God’s way of playing “gotcha” with gay men.
We have sinned and continue to do so in our approach to the LGBT community. It is time to stop the shouting, picketing, insulting, and demeaning people created in the image of God.
We need admit to God our sin and apologize to the LGBT community, and begin to dialogue. Asking God to help us to truly and unconditionally love.