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Once again I’m sickened by the actions of people calling proclaiming themselves to be Christians. Earlier this week it was a Pastor from Arizona praying for President Obama to contract brain cancer and die like Ted Kennedy. Now it’s a Kansas based organization, Westboro Baptist Church, who is coming to Atlanta to protest and picket the American Jewish Committee and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (I find it interesting, but not necessarily of any importance that both churches were Baptist.)
I’m not angry that they’re protesting; I’m glad they take advantage of their constitutional right. Nor am I angry that they’re coming to Atlanta (where I live) to protest; no, I’m angry at the hateful rhetoric that they spew. When they come to Atlanta on September 9th, they’ll be protesting the American Jewish Committee, saying, “God hates Jews/lawyers.” They’ll also be protested the CDC, because, according to the Westboro Church’s website, the CDC is “fag infested” and because “God hates fags and fag enablers” so accordingly “God hates the CDC.” By the way, the church’s website address — GodHatesFags.com — very appropriate for a church, don’t you think?
Hatred towards any group of people is entirely uncalled for and ridiculously ignorant. But for Christians, who are supposed to be Christ-like to hate, is absolutely unthinkable. Christians are called to represent Christ to a world that will die without understanding and acceptance of the love and sacrifice that Jesus made for us. How can someone serve a God who IS love at the core of his nature and yet hate? There is no way that as a Christian, you can hate another man and love God at the same time. (1 John 4:20) Hate and love are diametrically opposed to one another.
While I hate the sin of homosexuality because I believe the Bible clearly defines it as such, I will not allow that hatred I have toward the act effect the way I treat any individual involved in the sin. As I’ve written before, we have an issue, as humans, but more specifically as Christians, when it comes to separating the sin from the sinner. The fact is we’re all sinners (Romans 6:23) and there is no escaping that.
Listen Christians: were it not for the gracious gift of God in His son Jesus Christ that you accepted as your Lord and Savior, God would look at you in the same light as he does homosexuals. Don’t you dare forget that before Christ, you were bound for Hell just like those you rail against because they live sinful lives. Why not love them instead of slinging rocks?The fact that Christians are quick to point out other’s flaws with quickness, but deny any wrongdoing themselves speaks very loudly of the hypocrisy in the church today.
The church has placed a stigma around homosexuals and the sin of homosexuality to the point where those involved in the lifestyle feel as if we actually do hate them. What a shame! The church has become incredibly adept at segregating, dividing and separating the “holy” from the “dirty,” and the “saved” from the “unsaved.” If you are a Christian but you don’t hang around and people or have any friends that are unsaved, you have essentially telling those around you to go to Hell. Last time I checked, Jesus told the person without sin to cast the first stone, and frequently we see the church intent on stoning those who they should be saving.
People who are struggling with homosexuality are just that: people who are struggling with a sin. Let me not be ambiguous here — each sin has it’s own consequences, but in God’s eyes sin is sin; none is greater than the other. God sees it as being no different from someone who is struggling with lying or fornication or adultery. Before you define a person by their sins, such as homosexuality, think about how you’d feel if someone did that to you. Would you walk around with a list of your transgressions on your shirt for everyone to see? Unless you’ve gained victory over them through Jesus Christ, I wouldn’t think you would. But I could be wrong.
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