I commented on the blog of some vile queerbasher or other,
Hello Cliff. I think you are a bad pastor, because you preach in this way against gay people. You are the one driving gay people out of the church, promoting bullying, and driving gay people to suicide. Shame on you.
And- I want to promote dialogue across the Church. I am a Christian.
“Like Jesus, we shall be misunderstood”, you say. Remember the Pharisee who went to the Temple to pray- “Thank God I am not like this publican”. What did Jesus say?
No, homosexuality is not the “sin” “unnaturally pushed on our culture”. Adultery is. You are a pastor. Have you ever had a couple in your church, on their second marriage? Read Mark’s Gospel: that is adultery. Yet you do not care about it, because it is the sin you sympathise with. Yet even the gay people who buy the bullshit you peddle, and imagine they have to be celibate- contrary to the Bible, which says “it is not good for the man to be alone”- become uncomfortable in your church, and leave.
You can, if you wish, read articles delving into the Greek Hebrew and Aramaic, and finding that only specific acts of gay lovemaking are condemned. For example, Romans 1 condemns sex during idol worship, in Rome in the first century, notably in the worship of Cybele. Yet you ignore them. You do not have ears to hear.
Knockabout stuff. He replied, thanks! You helped make my point! Which merely as repartee is a brilliant answer. No-one on whose blog I have posted similar has been able to answer the adultery point. Better to ignore it.
I am not hypocritical in my statement on adultery. I think often a couple join together in haste, and couples grow apart: it is not always wrong to split, and I would not stop them from splicing again, though sometimes I feel queasy about it. But I am not the one who claims to live by the Bible. I am pointing out his hypocrisy. Of course he has “adulterers”, so defined, in his church.
I can “make a case” for the virtue of my commenting in this way. I confront the ones who torture gay people with words. I demonstrate to them that there is another way, a Christian way, of responding to gay people.
And, perhaps, I am talking to myself. I assure myself that I am not doing wrong by fulfilling my God-given nature, despite what all these “Christians” think. Writing such things helps me to think them through. This comment is the latest of many, during which I have honed my rhetoric, and increased my detestation for such abominable lies. Reading it, it occurred to me that I might have done all I need, interacting with such slime, and can move on.
I exposed myself to such devilish hatred, in order to inoculate myself against it. Perhaps I have done so. Reading more of it gives it more importance than it deserves.