Some people adjust to new cultural trends fairly easily. Some change reluctantly. Some have to be dragged kicking and screaming into the present and some will be dead and gone without ever accepting that society has moved on without them.
We saw this after the Civil War, in the wake of the Emancipation Proclamation. There are people in our culture to this day who believe that the pigment on someone’s skin makes them unequal to those with less pigmentation. When you say it this way it is hard to understand what the hold outs are thinking. Perhaps that’s because they are using an old script that prevents them from using logic.
We haven’t even all caught up with each other on the social issue of race and now we are asking people to deal with the issue of gender. It’s sort of weird though that many of the people who have trouble with racial issues also have trouble with gender issues. These are the same people who make sure we know that they are Christians who live their faith. It almost seems as if the better you know your Bible, the more judgmental you become and the smugger you become. I doubt that Jesus intended for his followers to act so self-righteous and entitled.
Regardless of what the Bible says about “gay” people (and I don’t think it says much) it has become clear that this is, for some, a genetic fact, written in their DNA. How can we punish people for acting the way they are physically made to act? Would God make unacceptable people? Aren’t we all a bit unacceptable? If you believe in God how can you set yourself up to judge his creations? It is possible that not all gay people are born with genetic gender differences but make a decision to pursue this lifestyle, but without a DNA test how would you know? Even primitive cultures did not punish people for the way they were born (unless their behavior was harmful to others). Why do we think our God, our compassionate Jesus, is less inclined to accept diversity than people in primitive cultures were? In a time when the number of people on the planet threatens to render the planet inadequate to fill all our needs it may be smart to be accepting of any relationships in which humans find love without reproducing.
It seems as if we have some very high maintenance people in America and they are all in the Republican Party. They just cannot let go of their prejudices, no one should ask them to let them go. That would be un-American. It would challenge their freedom. They cannot extend Christian charity to the poor because the very charity they extend dooms the recipients to poverty. I wonder what Jesus would think about this convoluted spiritual logic.
Don’t ask these Christian people to accept God’s children as they exist. It makes them uncomfortable. They enjoy a life that is simple and sweet and Godly (if you don’t look at it too closely). Accepting LGBT people makes them feel like they are sinning. Are these people whose gender code reads differently from the majority abominations? Why would Jesus allow so many people to be born with the same genetic codes if they were abominations?
I just don’t get it; if this is the kind of thinking it takes to be a good Christian, it makes me think that it is better to be an agnostic or even an atheist. I know it is probably no more PC to lecture devout Christians than it is to talk about any social group at all, but these Christians (born-agains, Fundamentalists, Evangelicals) have been whining and complaining and haranguing the rest of us for decades. Please get a grip on yourselves and let go of whatever forces tell you that you have been appointed to keep us sinners on the straight and narrow. Why is it against the Christian religion to provide a business service to a same gender pair? I know this is happening too fast for some of you but I just hope we don’t find ourselves fifty years down the road (as we are from the Civil Rights Act) and still having to guard against the mistreatment of people born with a genetic code just because the way that code plays out makes the perpetrators of the cruelties nervous.
By Nancy Brisson
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