Yesterday in Facebook trending topics I found articles about the guy from Duck Dynasty speaking at an event. During the speech, he told a story which was basically the plot of a snuff film about an atheist family being raped and murdered. I’m not even sure what point he was trying to make with the story. Non-Christians don’t know that murder and rape is wrong? Non-Christians deserve to be murdered and raped? Christians are safe from murder and rape? If anyone has a clue what exactly his “snuff parable” means, please let me know.
What I do know is that this is not the person Christians should be holding up as an example. We spend so much time talking about doing what Jesus would do. Jesus loved. Jesus healed. Jesus taught us to love our enemies. To do unto others as we would have them do unto us. He ate with sinners. He spread his message without spreading hate. It seems these days that many Christians would prefer to laud the loud and the hateful and/or the modern day Pharisees who care more about rules than people. We won’t reach the world by telling the world stories about murder and rape. We won’t reach the world by telling them what they have to change before we will love them. We will reach the world through love.
Want to do what Jesus did? Love.
There has been a lot of buzz on the blogs recently regarding this article in the Washington Blade regarding Christian artist Ray Boltz coming out as gay. Of course, many Christian blogs are denouncing him and I have seen comments from people saying they want refunds in all his CD’s they have purchased. Unfortunately, many Christians seem to need a group they are allowed to hate to make themselves feel better. My position has always been that even if you believe homosexuality is a sin, that does not mean you can condemn the homosexuals.
I use the story of Jonah in my middle school boys class to illustrate my point regarding this issue. Many people focus on the fish part of the story, but there is much more to it. Jonah as told by God to go to Ninevah to deliver His message. Jonah ran away from this task because he hated the people of Ninevah and did not want them to be saved. God sent a storm ,Jonah admit sit is his fault and is thrown overboard. The fish that swallows him is actually a good thing and saves him from drowning. While in the fish, Jonah gives in to God and consents to go to Ninevah. After preaching the Word and Ninevah and seeing the people repent and be saved, Jonah was angry. He tells God this is why he did not want to go, because he knew God would save them and he didn’t think they deserved it.
It doesn’t take long for the boys in my class to get to homosexuals when I ask which group would the their(and the church’s) Ninevites. Somewhere along the way we have forgotten the fact that God views all sin the same and have decided their sin is worse than ours. Not only that, we are repulsed by their sin and stand ready to expel them from the church as soon as we discover it. Through all of this, we have the nerve to act like we care to know the answer to the question What Would Jesus Do? What Jesus did is illustrate love for mankind even through their sin. I also believe he said “Judge not, lest you be judged” and also to not point out the speck in your neighbor’s eye while ignoring the beam in yours. We could all stand to live by these guidelines. “Christians” who are all about hating others for their beliefs are the reason so many people have a bad opinion of any church these days.
I’m not questioning religious belief with this. All of this still applies if you believe homosexuality is a sin. This sin is no worse than the sins you commit every day. Would you want me to denounce you and call for you expulsion from your church because I found out you lie or cheated on your wife? I think not.