“I don’t hate anyone, I am just speaking truth in love.” This is what I am told by some of my fundamentalist “friends” when I suggest that individuals in the LGBT community feel hated by Christians. May I suggest to these sincere friends that their words and the words of those that claim to speak for God betray them.
Four examples here will suffice…
1. Sean Harris, pastor of Berean Baptist Church in Fayetteville, NC advocated punching in the stomach and cracking the wrist of an effeminate acting child. Later he said it was just a joke. A pastor giving special “dispensation” for parents to beat a gay or transgender child was a joke?
2. Rounding up lesbians and queers, putting them behind electrified fences, dropping in a little food and letting them die off in a few years is Pastor Charles Worley’s solution the homosexual problem. His church, Providence Road Baptist Church in NC defended him. I think that is “solution” was tried once before on a different group of people.
3. Another Pastor apparently doesn’t want to waste time or money by allowing homos to wither away in concentration camps. Curtis Knapp pastor of New Hope Baptist Church in Seneca, Kansas thinks that the government, like Israel of old, should step in and execute members of the LGBT community.
And finally, number four. I have to say that this one is most disturbing to me because while the others exude vile words of hate, this one illustrates how some churches actually teach children to hate by exalting hate as righteousness.This church, pastored by Jeff Sangl is Apostolic Truth Tabernacle in Indiana. Here is the YouTube clip.
Admittedly this video made me cry, not only because it shows adults cheering and applauding a child learning to hate, but because it shows how far removed the church is from the Gospel of Jesus Christ and how it is teaching children something other than unconditional love and grace.
These four snippets of church teaching took place in May of this year. None of them have anything to do with Jesus, God, and the Gospel. Three of them promote violence against people living in the LGBT community. One of them teaches a 3-year-old child to hate.
So to my fundamentalist friends who say that they love everyone…I don’t believe you. If you did, you would condemn and admonish those that continue to perpetrate the corruption of the Gospel.
But you won’t.
And because you won’t you have become the pharisees you claim you are not by placing heavy burdens on those outside the church and doing shit to help them. You drive people away from the God who loves, you condemn, and ridicule, and berate others and call it love. You are blind guides, clanging cymbals, and fancy tombs full of death and putrification.
may God have mercy on your souls.
I am ashamed, and to those in the LGBT community, I offer a sincere apology. This is not how it is supposed to be. There is something much greater in the Gospel.