Luke 6:31 “Do to others as you would have them do to you.”
Ephesians 4:32 “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”
John 15:12 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.”
1 John 4:20-21 “If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.”
Proverbs 24:17 “Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and let not your heart be glad when he stumbles,”
Romans 15:1-2 “We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.”
1 Peter 3:8-12 “Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing. For “Whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit; let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”
Colossians 3:12-14 “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.”
Mark 12:31 “The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
But I think the most important one is:
Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Really think about that. “While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Jesus came to call the sinners, not the righteous.
It’s amazing how Christians, after all of this that has been said in this book, this living, breathing, word of God, that we neglect the most important verses, the most important commandments, the most important principles, and trade them in for more rules, more laws. You cherry pick the Bible in search of more laws to cling to.
It seems that, in every other sin, we extend mercy based on context, based on moral distinctions. Just like the “baby in the hot car” incident. It is taken in context. We will not hesitate to damage a person’s property in order to save the life of a child. Murder. All of the wars that we have fought, the lives that have been taken at our own hands……we put it into context that it is a necessary evil in order to save the lives of the helpless. A father walks in and sees his daughter being raped, then takes the life of the rapist….. we do not lump him in the same category of a serial killer who murders people out of the evil motives of his heart and mind. Divorce. We still judge that one but we are quicker to forgive, especially considering the individual context. Gluttony. We have no problem with that one. How many verses tell us to not be hoarders of wealth and material possessions….. and yet, how many Christian women are getting breast implants and lip injections, how many of us vainly paint our faces, purchase expensive jewelry, hoard material possessions, etc? It’s so easy to extend mercy to the sins that we commit, it’s easy to see the context in ANY other sin BUT homosexuality. When it comes to homosexuality, we basically lump them into the same category as the men who conspired to rape God’s messengers in Sodom. How is that even fair? How is that justified? To look onto two men in a loving, committed, exclusive relationship with one another, who profess that they TRULY love one another, and put them in the same category as the sodomites who routinely gang raped people? There is no moral distinction, there is no mercy. We cling to these few verses and throw the book at them. But there are SO many more verses which talk about our behavior towards one another. Don’t you think there is a reason as to why there are more verses speaking of love, mercy, and compassion, than there are verses condemning homosexuality? Because, one holds a LOT more weight than the others.
We willfully blind ourselves to the truth. We routinely rewrite history to serve our own agendas, to give credit to our own ideas and beliefs. Was it not the Christians who took this land from the natives, took their lives, and forced them onto reservations? I don’t understand how we so easily forget that part of history when we’re talking about our roots and our ancestry and our founding fathers. If you so much as mention it, you are labeled “unpatriotic”. As if it never happened. As if it has been made up. Why do we do it? Why do we ignore that part of history? Well, because the Fourth of July wouldn’t be as fun, now would it? When we talk about this great nation, we leave out the part in which we enslaved African Americans and forced them to do our bidding, to till our lands, to build our cities, to fight our wars…… without extending freedom to them, without giving them proper representation. You know how these things were justified? They were using Bible verses to further their own, self-serving agendas. What about segregation? What about women’s rights? What about the class wars? We ignore ALL of that. All the while, we’re using Bible verses to justify our actions. Indians weren’t slaughtered under the watch of Muslims in this country. African Americans weren’t enslaved and beaten and denied equal rights under the watch of the Athiests in this country. It was under the Christians’ watch that these things happened.
Likewise, it was under Christians’ watch that we have allowed homosexuals to remain marginalized and discriminated. To not offer them any sort of protection from crimes inspired by hate and intolerance. How many of them, under our watch, were beaten and killed? How many of them, under our watch, felt so helpless that they took their own lives? Under our watch, we have denied them the same rights extended to us. We talk about the sanctity of marriage. We use that as a reason to not allow them to enter a legal arrangement with one another. It is our belief that God is the one who ordains a marriage. Without God ordaining the marriage, it is not sanctified in the first place. The government is not the one which sanctifies a marriage. God is. The role of the government is to acknowledge the marriage as a legally binding agreement between two people. That is it. It is for legal purposes, only, that the government is even involved in marriage. When God is involved, it is Holy matrimony. When God is not involved, it is a legal agreement. Athiests marry. Muslims marry. Buddhists marry.
Anyways, so now we’re talking about how doomed our country is. All of a sudden, we’re doomed. As if the Blacks that were beaten in the 50’s and 60’s didn’t feel like our country was doomed. As if the mentally ill which were thrown in asylums at the turn of the century and forced into strange experiments and forgotten by their family, didn’t think our country was doomed. We are telling this doctored version of history to our kids and our grandkids so it’s no wonder why we are still ignorantly making the same mistakes we’ve always made.
Maybe i’m wrong. Maybe I have no clue what i’m talking about. But maybe, no one wants to admit the truth. Maybe most people want to go with the popular ideas of the day. Maybe. Maybe we’re human and we willingly blind ourselves to the truth because the truth can be a tough pill to swallow. Maybe.
I still don’t believe that homosexuality is natural. I still think it is a perversion to God’s natural order. And I will be hated for that, i’m sure. People will not like me very much for saying that. And it isn’t just because God says it’s so. It isn’t just because i’ve read a convincing argument which convinces me that it is so. I don’t even know how to explain why I feel it is unnatural. I guess I don’t have the proper words. And i’m tolerant. Probably as tolerant as they come. I keep my mind as open as possible to everything around me. I try very hard not to be manipulated by popular opinions. But there are things I look at and my mind just goes, “that is not natural”. Polygamy, to me, is not natural. Orgies, to me, are not natural. Pedophilia, to me, is not natural. These are perversions, in my humble opinion. God gives us discernment. I use that discernment as best as I can. And so, some things, to me, based on my own discernment, are just not natural. Look, I have kids. FOUR of them. And I don’t believe that pedophilia is simply a crime from a deranged mind. I believe it is a sexual orientation. I believe that there are men (some women, but mostly men) who suffer the sexual perversion of being ONLY attracted to children. Clearly, this is a perversion which should not be acted upon because it involves a child which cannot think properly for themselves, they are not mature enough to make decisions for themselves. Pedophiles can dig up history and give us MANY examples throughout history of children who regularly entered marriage with adults. But the argument is invalid because society has evolved. Children today are not carrying the same responsibilities and maturity as our great great grandparents did. Society is different now. Argument = invalid. But people view homosexuality as being a “gateway” to allowing more perverted lifestyles, such as polygamy and pedophilia, to become normalized. Kind of like how 9/11 and our fear of terrorists (who hijacked planes with box cutters and flew them into buildings, one of which being the most heavily guarded buildings in our country but, whatevs) as a reason to enforce unwarranted wiretapping, unwarranted seizing of personal property, invasive searches at airports (which have been proven to be uneffective but, whatevs) and the constant threat of disarming law-abiding citizens. That’s what happens when you use an isolated incident as an excuse to infringe upon the rights of people who SHOULD have rights. Homosexuals…… should have rights. Period. Regardless of what sort of “gateway” they may be. Regardless of whether or not we agree with their lifestyle.
And for those who are crying foul about the treatment of Christians in America, why don’t you try living in China. Pakistan. Somewhere like that. Jesus Christ lived under the ruling of the Roman Empire. Your argument is invalid.
I shouldn’t let this get to me, but it does. It really does. Because the world is not black and white. The Bible is not a rulebook. If the Bible were a rulebook and all we needed to do was follow it, play by play, without using any discernment, without any direction from the Holy Spirit, without any wisdom or knowledge, without any understanding of moral gray areas, etc…… then we wouldn’t have been created as free-thinking individuals. To not use your OWN mind in situations is negligent and ignorant. It just is. To allow a blog article or news segment to do your thinking for you is negligent and ignorant. To take a few verses out of the Bible without considering the Bible in its entirety, without the proper context, and using those verses as a reason to spread hate and aggression towards a minority group, is negligent and ignorant. And I may be wrong. Maybe i’m wrong. But I won’t hesitate to stand in a packed arena and yell my position through a megaphone. And I don’t care if the entire crowd boo’s me to tears and throws tomatoes at me. That’s how serious I am about this. I’m sure there are others who share my position….. but hopefully, the reason they aren’t sharing it on social media is because they believe, by doing so, they will become part of the problem. So instead of arguing with people who already have their minds made up, they responsibly remain silent and do what the Bible tells us to do: continue to strive to live a Holy life, to the best of their ability, and to love others as Christ has loved them.