Gay Rights and Wrongs

I remember back in the seventies when young men would go “gay bashing”.  A group of guys would drive around looking for someone who “looked gay” … and give them a beating.  It was a terribly wrong thing to do, and I said that to any guys who ever talked about it around me.   The gay culture was just beginning to go public, and it was a dangerous time to be openly gay.

Gay people have the right to live their lives without fear of being beaten.  What consenting adults do in private should not concern the rest of the world.  They have the right to not be discriminated against in the job or housing market.  Their sexuality should not be considered in their applications for loans, or in a wide variety of other areas.  The list of rights in this blog is not meant to be exhaustive, but merely representative.

However, a small minority of gays in trying to advance their rights, have done some things that are wrong. 

It is wrong to assume that a person preaches hate, simply because their religious convictions includes the view that homosexuality is a sin.  To say “homosexuality is a sin” is not to say “I hate homosexuals”.   

It is wrong to insist that everyone agree with you.

It is wrong to riot when a vote does not go the way that you want it to go, as happened recently in California.

It is wrong to invade a church service, set off fire alarms, act provocatively, seeking to provoke a response; all while you videotape it, hoping that you can then use the tape to show the “hate” of the Christians in that service, as happened recently in Lansing, Michigan.   

I appreciate and respect the right of people to hold different opinions, but not to bully or “bash back”.

“Stop the Hate” should apply to all.

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4 Responses to “Gay Rights and Wrongs”

  1. Gloria Says:

    The Bible also calls pre marital sex a sin, and adultery a sin. Yet I don’t remember ever hearing that referred to as a hate crime. Yet it also is a life style. It is possible to love the person and disagree with what they are doing, whether it is sexual preference, stealing, lying, etc. Just because I do not agree with someone does not mean I hate them. It means I do not agree with them period.

  2. Pastor Curt Says:

    Gloria, Thank you for pointing out that there are other actions that are equally sinful. Christian morality is a lot of things, some of which we are to not do, and some that we are to do, foremost of which is to love God, and to love people.

  3. Cherie Bell Says:

    Ditto. Ditto. Ditto.

    Thank goodness we don’t have to be sinless to be loved!

  4. Pastor Curt Says:

    The pursuit of holiness is an ongoing process in all of us.

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