Dear Brothers-in-Christ, Please Stop Yelling at the Gay People

by | 20 Apr, 2018 | 6 comments

Maybe we ought to quit yelling at the gay people.

Pride on Parade

I saw a video of a man at a gay pride rally in Texas. The man wielded a bullhorn, aggressively reprimanding the crowd.

      “This is sin…turn from it!”

      “You are under the judgement of God!”

     “You will burn in hell!”

     “This is perversion, turn from this perversion…turn to Jesus.”

Only one young woman chose to engage, questioning the reliability of the Bible to which the man responded even more aggressively, citing the logical fallacies of her counterclaims but not affording her an opportunity to respond. Every time she began to compose a statement, he cut her off and the fact that he was amplified made it no contest. She fled in frustration, his chastisement following her down the street.

Two observations. The majority of the people this man yelled at were young women and nearly all of them ducked their heads and moved as far away from him as quickly as possible to get back to their parade. Second, this video was edited, overdubbed with dramatic music, and widely distributed on social media.

Now, I’m quite sure this man saw himself as the defender of the faith, valiantly confronting the horde of evil homosexuals.

I thought he acted kind of like a douche.

I wondered if he would have taken any of these people to lunch.

LGBTQ Clarification

Okay, allow me to clarify. Homosexuality is a sin. Only a severely dishonest exegesis of Scripture will yield any other conclusion. It is a sexual sin, viewed identically by God as say…pornography use. Ouch.

Jesus’ words to the crowd determined to stone the young woman caught in adultery resonate. “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” (John 8:7)

I wonder if this man would invade the homes of the majority of Christian men who indulge in pornography and yell at them from his bullhorn. Imagine the otherwise moral Christian man sitting down in the dark at his computer for a dabble with lust when…

     “This is sin…turn from it!”

     “This is perversion! You are under the judgment of God!”

I suspect not. Statistically speaking, though I do not know this man and it’s quite possible he is in the vast minority of men who do not view pornography, it’s likely he would have to direct his bullhorn back at himself. Why doesn’t this man feel led to go to the local Gold’s gym and castigate the men for subtly ogling the scantily clad women, lusting in their hearts, the exact same thing as adultery according to our Lord?

Sexual sin is sexual sin, no?

What is the thought process that motivates a man to single out a particular group of revelers for condemnation while neglecting other much larger groups?

The Tone of Jesus

Much defense is made of methods in citing Jesus.

Jesus flipped over the tables in the Temple and whipped people with a cord—I wish I could’ve been there! Jesus called people names, confronting them as fools, blind guides, hypocrites, vipers, whitewashed tombs, sons of the devil.

Trudat.

Yet, consider for whom He reserved His public rebuke…the religious, the Pharisee, the self-righteous religious authorities. Jesus spoke with the woman at the well as a person. (John 4) Jesus defended the woman caught in adultery. (John 8) He invited Himself to dinner with Zacchaeus the tax collector. (Luke 19)

Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.” (John 8:11)

Jesus saw the people as they were, as sheep without a shepherd. He had compassion on them. (Matthew 9:36)

He wept because of their sin and rebellion. (John 11:35)

Instead of publicly berating these homosexuals for their sin, a more appropriate stance would be to mourn their betrayal and imminent judgement, to reach out to them, to love them, to tell them of another way…out of love.

Would this man have invited these people to his home for a meal?

A Common Thing

I’ve seen this before.

Years ago, B.C. (before Christ okay!) I spent a fair amount of time on Bourbon Street in New Orlean engaged in all manner of debauchery. I distinctly recall the wackos on the street corner with their signs, warning me of impending doom and judgement I suspect. Yet, as my brain was clouded by different things at the time, I truly didn’t hear a word they said.

Several years ago, a group of Christians led by ‘pastor’ Terry Jones appeared at a series of Muslim festivals in Dearborn, Michigan, a city with a sizeable Muslim population. This is the same Terry Jones who attained global notoriety by putting a Koran on trial and then burning it.

Muslims predictably rioted. People died.

To what end?

Needless to say, the protesters at the Muslim festivals were not greeted well…and why would they be? The Muslims, angered by their presence and their provocation, responded unkindly, pelting them with profanity, spit, and eventually stones and garbage.

From the aspect of civics, this is a horrid encounter, that men cannot even walk down the street in a city in America with religious signs, and not be harassed.

Yet, civics takes a back seat to the Gospel.

How should we expect Muslims to act? Or gay people? Or the lost in general?

Consider that many/most Muslims are raised into the religion, that it dominates every aspect of their existence. They are given no option to NOT be Muslim, it becomes their identity. Islam is a system that enslaves billions across the world, a perfect system of bondage that leverages the sin nature of men and declares it pious. It is powerful in the strength of its binding.

Can we not have compassion on those thus imprisoned?

Look How Righteous

At some point, it’s about attention.

Jesus berates the hypocrites who pray on the street corners, that they may be seen by others. (Matthew 6:5)

He tells the parable of the Pharisee who prays, telling God about all of the righteous things he does saying, “thank you that I am not like other men.” (Luke 18:11) Meanwhile, the lowly tax collector’s prays, “God, be merciful to me, a sinner!” (v. 13)

The video produced of the man at the gay pride rally was obviously intended to produce an effect, to paint a certain picture, to portray him in a certain light. Why the need to distribute it so widely?

Stratification of Sin

The natural tendency amongst men is to compare sin, levels of wickedness.

The fact that this man chose to single out these young women at the homosexual rally is significant.

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Why is he not at the local Golden Corral lambasting the gluttonous? Can you imagine him confronting the overweight man at the buffet?

     “Sinner! Glutton!”

     “Do you really need two pieces of fried chicken?”

     “Didn’t you just have meatloaf?”

     “You are under the judgement of God!”

Why is he not at the local sports arena admonitioning the people for their idolatry?

     “Sinner!”

     “Take off that jersey!”

     “Tom Brady is just a man; worship only God!”

     “You are under the judgement of God!”

Not only that, but he made a monster presumption, that none of these young ladies were actually Christians. Is that valid?

What if there was a Christian in the crowd and perhaps she was under the conviction of the Holy Spirit, but had not yet responded? God sanctifies each of us in a different way, at different times. What if they were newly saved, and had not yet felt the weight of conviction for their homosexual sin?

Often, following salvation, the newly-minted believer is quick to shed surface-level sin. The deeper the sin is ingrained in the flesh, buried under layers of scar tissue and time, the longer it seems to take for it to come to the surface and be dealt with.

I am 12 years into my Christian walk and am just now, in the last year, addressing sin that goes back to my youth.

What if it is as this, with some of these young women?

Should we still shout condemnation at them?

A Final Admonition

Those who publicly berate those reveling in sin frequently turn to the words of Paul for ammunition. “Neither the sexually immoral, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality will inherit the kingdom of God.” (1 Corinthians 6:9-10) Three points on this:

     1. They leave out a whole slew of other sins listed by Paul to include idolaters, thieves, the greedy, drunkards, and swindlers. Again, why are these men not seeking out these sinners to publicly “call out”.

2. This letter is for the church. Paul is writing this letter to the church at Corinth admonitioning them for tolerating sexual sin…in the church! These are not words to confront the unregenerate.

3. They conveniently leave off the very next line, “And such were some of you.” (v. 11)

Such were some of them. Such were some of you. Such was I, but I was washed, sanctified, justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ by the Spirit of God.

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the most offensive thing there has ever been. It certainly doesn’t need me wielding it in an offensive manner.

Maybe we should stop yelling at the gay people.

6 Comments

  1. Rob

    So well said, and so true. One in three Churchgoing men are addicted to pornography and lust of the eyes. Let’s not even start on weight! Yes, my sin as well, overeating.

    Reply
  2. Rick

    Excellent read Brother

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  3. David Zaenglein

    All very valid points that you have made. I imagine the LGBT, etc. movement is popular to attack because it is so, “In-Your-Face” as compared to other sins. I agree the method the video maker used was non-productive but you obviously had something else in mind. What would you have done to reach these people?

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    • Bradford Smith

      Maybe see them as people, reach out to them, tell them the truth in love, build a relationship with them, anything but stand and condemn them publicly with a megaphone. Maybe have a conversation with them…just sayin.

      Reply
  4. David Zaenglein

    Good answer. I didn’t have one of my own.

    Reply

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