Sometimes I just don’t know what to say. Now, the unspeakably horrific church shooting in Charleston is being blamed on gays! And do you know who is doing it? EW Jackson – a black Christian preacher and FoxNews contributor! He is not only turning his back on Biblical truth and love, it is an absolute betrayal of the black community.
This joins the growing list of tragedies being blamed on “those homosexuals and their evil gay agenda.”
I have to ask…
Non-affirming Christians, do you REALLY believe this? Do these people speak for you? If not, it’s time to stand up and say so!
And the Southern Baptists are at it again. War. Rape. Murder. Poverty. Equal rights for gays. Guess which one the Southern Baptist Convention spent their energy protesting last week?
The judgmental, condemning, lie-filled, hate-filled rhetoric from the anti-gay, non-affirming Christian community is ramping up.
And it’s disgusting.
Prominent non-affirming Christian leaders like EW Jackson, Pat Robertson, Franklin Graham and others have blamed everything from AIDS to the recent flooding to global warming – and now the racist Charleston murders – on gays.
They still refer to being gay as a disease even though every major medical and psychiatric organization has said it is not.
They misinterpret and twist a handful of Bible passages that do not even talk about same-sex loving relationships and use that false teaching to justify kicking their gay brothers and sisters out of homes, families and churches.
So I ask you again…
Do YOU agree? Do these people reflect your beliefs? Are you comfortable being aligned with them and having them speak for you?
And don’t just say, “Oh, but these are the extremists!” Don’t be blind! Their beliefs, their thinking IS indeed the predominant thinking in the non-affirming Christian church.
Susan recently wrote a post about Christians having an aversion to gays but not really knowing why. I understand this – it is how I used to feel. I spent more than two decades in the mainstream evangelical church and I knew the “stance” on homosexuality – but I didn’t really understand why. I knew what the recent translations of the Bible said when you just open the book and read the words – but I didn’t know that they meant something completely different.
What I did know was that I was never at ease in my heart or spirit about it. But I just went along with the crowd. It is one of the things in my life that I most deeply regret. I should have asked questions. I should have spoken up.
I am writing today to challenge you.
Do you feel the same as the religious leaders above who claim to speak for you? What happens in your heart when yet another gay youth commits suicide? Is your spirit at peace when you hear of yet another gay youth being kicked to the streets by Christian parents?
There may be tremendous pressure in your church – maybe even in your home – to be anti-gay. But please, never be bullied into silence.
Never apologize for how the Spirit of God is leading you in your heart. When you do, you apologize for the truth.
As Dr. Seuss so perfectly said, be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.
I promise, you know someone who is gay.
Someone close to you. As you read this, you probably know who I am talking about. Is it your child? Another family member? A friend? A friend’s child? Someone at church?
You owe it to them to think and pray through this. You owe it to them to love them as you have been loved, to radically include them as you have been radically included.
“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
I know how you feel. I know you are scared. I have been on this journey and I would be honored to help you on yours. I promise that this will lead you to an understanding of the truth, into a deeper relationship with God, and to a peace and freedom beyond anything you could imagine.
God does not ask you to choose between your compassion, your faith, and the Bible. Full, complete, acceptance of those who are LGBTQ is actually consistent with the truth of your faith, the heart of God, and the teachings of Jesus.
Please ask yourself if these people speak for you.
Look into your heart and listen.