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Why Are Hate-Filled Christians Everywhere?
September 4, 2009, 1:53 pm
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wbcOnce 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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I am not sure what I want to say here but I will start with, “God talked to me”. His biggest issue is about Birth. He says it in the meaning of First is Last and Last is First.

Constantine hates fags, not God. God loves Richard Dawkins, He goes to Heaven. God hates Leona Helmsley, she goes to hell. God is annoyed with Jerry Falwell, God doesn’t want him in Heaven and he doesn’t want to punish him in hell either. Jerry just vanishes.

Atheists go to Heaven, Mean people go to Hell, People that are stupid and annoying vanish.

That is the word of God.

God messanger, Melanie

Comment by Melanie Stefien

Stuart, you are wrestling with a tough subject. How do you grapple with the tension between God’s Holiness and his Love? Are there not some things that God does hate – possibly even people – due to the hardness of their hearts?

Comment by Jason

That’s a good question Jason. One that I don’t know the answer to. I don’t know that God hates any person, but perhaps their thoughts, ideals, or beliefs, instead of the person that He created. How could God hate something he created? I don’t know; I’ll have to ponder that.

Comment by CreativeStu

Stuart, I find a link in order to respond to your response. It certainly is a hard thing to grasp isn’t it? How could a God whose primary essence is love and holiness actually hate anything at all. Jesus even tells us to do good to them that despitefully use us. I realize you can’t create a doctrine out of one verse, but there is that idea of: “Jacob I have loved, but Esau I have hated…” I really don’t understand that in the context of Christianity. Maybe God can take being used and despised… If God indeed does love everyone no matter the circumstances, what triggers God’s vehement hatred? Or does he even grasp the idea of hatred. What makes him thunder from the mountain and cause the storm of all storms that wipes out a whole civilization? I struggle with an answer to these questions. Chronicles of Narnia are right though: “He is good, but he’s very dangerous!”

Comment by Jason

While I agree with your loving attitude, I disagree that homosexuality is a sin. It can be shown that the Biblical prohibition on sex between men does not apply today when the sexual activity causes no harm. Also, the prohibition does not apply today because it applied only to the ancient Israelite and Greco-Roman cultures. Full reasons for these conclusions are given on the “Gay and Christian” website (www.gaysandslaves.com).

Comment by Raycol

We are suppose to be know by our love. We have developed this idea that, “we love the sinner, and hate the sin.” essentially, this idea doesn’t translate well to those living a homosexual life style. Unlike lying, cheating, or stealing, homosexuality isn’t just something you do, but rather it is something these individuals are. so when we parade and we make such statements damning, condemning and ostracizing them but saying Jesus loves you…it translates that they are hated. We try so hard to not be of this world that we act as if we aren’t in it. Lets bring christ in their culture in love. portraying hatred doesn’t draw people close, but keeps them away. sadly because we do this in the name of God…we bring him shame and we keep his people from him. I wish many understand that just has Christ blood was shed for them, it was shed for so many others and perhaps if they think of where they’d be without his grace, they would see the need to extend grace and walk in love.

Comment by miss charity

This is a very good post, well expressed and reasonable. Your essential message of not hating those whose lifestyle you find unacceptable and remembering that they too deserve consideration and kindness is excellent. And you present an honest look at the imperfections of Christians and the lack of understanding some of them manifest. It is a sad fact that a large segment of society, particularly the religious right, still regards gay men and women as second-class citizens – or worse. That is the salient point of my recently released biographical novel, Broken Saint. It is based on my forty-year friendship with a gay Mormon man, and chronicles his internal and external struggles as he battles for acceptance (of himself and by others, including co-religionists). More information on the book is avaialable at http://www.eloquentbooks.com/BrokenSaint.html.

Mark Zamen, author

Comment by Mark Zamen




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