Tuesday, October 13, 2009

If God Had Wanted Me To Be Accepting Of Gays ..."

It may be satire ... (check that: it IS satire) ... but it offers a scarily accurate "read" of what is passing for "orthodoxy" these days -- and what we're up against in proclaiming an alternative to those who really think this is what Christians believe!

From The Onion:

If God Had Wanted Me To Be Accepting Of Gays, He Would Have Given Me The Warmth And Compassion To Do So

I don't question God. The Lord is my Shepherd and I shall put none above Him. Which is why I know that if it were part of God's plan for me to stop viciously condemning others based solely on their sexual preference, He would have seen fit—in His infinite wisdom and all—to have given me the tiniest bit of human empathy necessary to do so.

It's a simple matter of logic, really. God made me who I am, and who I am is a cold, anti-gay zealot. Thus, I abhor gay people because God made me that way. Why is that so hard to understand?

Here, let's start with the basic facts: I hate and fear gay people. The way they feel is different from how I feel, and that causes me a lot of confusion and anger. Everyone knows God is all-powerful. He could easily have given me the capacity to investigate what's behind those feelings rather than tell strangers in the park they're going to hell for holding hands. But God clearly has another path for me. And who am I to question His divine will?

Compassion, tolerance, understanding, basic decency, the ability to put myself in another person's position: God could have endowed me with any of those traits and yet—here is the crucial part—He didn't. Why? Because the Creator of the Universe wants me to demonize homosexuals in an effort to strip them of their fundamental human rights.

I'm sorry, but you can't possibly ask me to explain everything God does. He works in mysterious ways, remember?

Try to understand. If I were capable of thinking and acting any other way, then I'm sure I would, but God seems to be quite adamant about this one. He's just not budging at all. So unless our almighty Lord and Savior decides to change His mind about my ability to empathize on even the most basic level—which I find highly unlikely—then everyone is just going to have to accept the fact that I'm going to keep on hating homosexuals. And I know that He will fill me with the strength to remain mindless and hurtful in the face of adversity.

Which isn't to say that my faith hasn't been tested. Believe me, there have been times when I've drifted from the bitter and terrified life God has chosen for me. When my younger brother told me he was gay, it shook my faith to its very core. But here I am, 27 years later, still refusing to take his calls. Just the way God intended.

It's actually pretty astonishing how many complaints to the school board you can make regarding the new band teacher you've never met when you are filled with the Light of Christ and devoid of any real kindness or mercy toward His other children.

At the end of the day, I'm just trying to lead a good Christian life. That means going to church on Sunday, following the Ten Commandments, and fighting what I believe to be a sexual abomination through a series of petty actions and bitter comments made under my breath. Sure, I sometimes wish God would just reach into my heart and give me the ability to treat all people with, at the very least, the decency and respect they deserve as human beings. But unfortunately for that new couple who moved in three houses down, He hasn't yet.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have God's work to do.


LGMarshall said...

Ah... yes, satire, the lowest form of humor....

However, please know that Bible Believers are the first to admit that they Sin on a continuous basis. Bible Believers are incapable of passing judgment on those that have same-genital contact. After all, only God Judges. Keep in mind, that God did Judge the World [due to their evil ways], when he brought on the Great Flood, wiping out all living creatures, all mankind, except those few that were Faithful to Him. It grieved God tremendously to wipe out his entire creation, yet, in his Mercy, he saved a few.[Forshadowing Jesus' ability to Save the few].

God is the one that has [almost -- but not quite] infinite Compassion & Understanding -- Not your neighbor, your co-worker, or your family member. Alas, even God get's fed up with his sinful creation. To the homosexuals [who long to be called Christians], you needn't worry about Man's [impotent] judgment anymore, but you may want to consider God's All Powerful Judgment. Are you 100% sure, that same-genital relations are in alignment with God's teachings? Even a cursory glance at Genesis points to a different Truth. God made 1 Man, and then he said, 'It is not good for man to be alone', He didn't make another Male for Adam, he made a Female. [Eve]. Also, consider God's instructions to Noah, 'gather male & female of every kind of animal', Noah brought his wife [a woman] on the ark, and his 3 sons [males] and their [female] wives. Then consider God's instructions re same genital reltions... 'If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is destestable.' Lev. 20.

God is incapable of breaking a promise. He said, 'I will come again to Judge.'

*If you reject God's Truths in Genesis, perhaps you may consider finding a diferent group to belong to -- a group that adheres to Your beliefs...i.e., Unitarian Church, Hindu Temple, Science of Mind, Church of Religious Science, Wicca, ACLU, PTA, PETA, Yoga Studio, etc. ?

uffda51 said...

LG, thanks for sharing the Truth of God's All Powerful Judgment in such a non-judgmental way.

How is it that you are able to recognize satire when you see it, but confuse myth with history and discount context entirely?