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June 7, 2016: Blatant Blog

June 8, 2016

I came across this blog by a preacher’s wife on Facebook. She presents a very good case about why she continues to shop at Target, which is in the middle of a nationwide controversy over its inclusive bathroom policy — particularly when it comes to being Christian (as in doing what Jesus would do). I was raised in a Christian faith, and that resonates with me. And I would add that being loving and kind to people who are “different” is not just the Christian thing to do; it’s the truly human thing to do, no matter what religion you practice, and even if you practice no religion.

But as I read further, I noticed that her blog was sprinkled with contradictions and veiled (and not-so-veiled) insults, which made it smack of inauthenticity:

“…the liberal left is living in renewed determination to hate the ‘homophobic Christian community.’” Many progressives are angry that people who hate the LGBT community are discriminating against them. Some progressives are haters; many aren’t. Just as not all Christians are haters. And no, progressives don’t believe that the entire Christian community is homophobic. Just the vocal ones, who are raising a stink (pardon the pun) about public restrooms and other LGBT issues.

She describes liberals and the LGBT community with words like “flamingly liberal,” “the lost,” and “broken and messy.” Those don’t sound like very loving, Christ-like words to me. As a friend once told me: “God doesn’t make junk.”

“I believe in the Bible. I believe that every word in it is true.” Every word? So, she must also believe that wearing mixed fabrics or gold (like a gold wedding band), eating shellfish, and playing football with a pigskin ball, among other things, are against God’s law, too.

“The left feels the need to protect the transgendered community, and the right feels the need to protect their values.” Interesting how she’s so specific about what “the left” is protecting but is vague about what “the right” is protecting, saying only “their values.” Actually, protecting the transgender community is part of a larger value system of being kind and loving to all. You know, like Jesus did. What are the right’s values, then? How do you love everyone, yet put them down with words like “broken” and “messy” and support laws designed to withhold basic civil rights from them? In many states, it’s still legal to fire LGBT people from jobs or not hire them solely based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

In short, her blog sounds like a sympathy vote for people who are “lost” (read: not straight, religious and conservative) and a call to fellow Christians to put on their game faces to prove how Christian they can be, as if anyone needs to prove anything.

Finally, the judgment-laced blog flies in the face of Jesus’ words: “Judge not lest ye be judged.”

 

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