My response to the huffpost article ‘Why And How Christians Should Celebrate Pride’

Started: 8-5-2018

Finished: 7 6 2020

 

From the article:

 

“Why (And How) Christians Should Celebrate Pride”

“06/03/2018 12:47 pm ET Updated 5 days ago”

“Brandi Miller Columnist”

 

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/opinion-miller-church-pride-lgbtq_us_5b13ad77e4b010565aaca93a

 

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From her article:

 

“Every June, the LGBTQ+ community and allies celebrate Pride Month, an opportunity to center and celebrate LGBTQ+ people in their fullness, to look back on strides toward equity, and to imagine a world where celebration and full inclusion is the norm, not an exception. For many Christians, however, Pride Month is looked upon with judgment and reproach, and is seen as an opportunity to preach vitriol against LGBTQ people.”

 

“Pride is an opportunity, not just for the LBGTQ community to celebrate, but for non-LGBTQ people to repent and to enter into a more holistically Christ-like way of being. “

 

“In many ways, Pride Month became necessary because of homophobic Christians. As a collective (though there are denominations such as the UCC and Episcopal traditions that have long worked toward greater inclusion), Christians, particularly conservative evangelicals, have created much of the context for the historic exclusion, abuse, victimizing and othering of LGBTQ people.  “

 

 

“Jesus’ cross is one of love and inclusion; yet the church has made a cross that forces LGBTQ people to carry the weight of exclusion, bullying and rejection.”

 

“From instituting the inherently homophobic pseudoscience of reparative “therapy,” to disowning and rejecting LGBTQ family members, friends and congregants when they come out, Christians have historically punished and ostracized the very people whom God told us to love unconditionally. By normalizing homophobic language from the pulpit and justifying mistreatment in the name of theological “purity,” the church has contributed to the political, relational and spiritual dehumanizing of LGBTQ people. “

 

“Through this normalization, the church has manufactured a cross that it forces LGBTQ people to bear. Jesus’ cross is one of love, self-sacrifice and radical inclusion; yet the church has made a cross that forces LGBTQ people to carry the weight of exclusion, bullying, rejection, depression, isolation, suicidal inclination, repression and judgment. The church is guilty of, and complicit in, creating a culture of death, homelessness and isolation that in no way reflects the character of God.”

 

“Scripture and the image of Jesus have been weaponized against people made in the image of God. The church has chosen to elevate a perceived theological issue over the humanizing and healing of an entire community. It has pitted a judgmental caricature of Jesus against people and have called it the real Jesus, the will of God. At the end of the day, we should not need a systematic theology degree to decide and act as though all people are made in the image of God and that God accepts them ― the answer is always yes.”

 

“Now, before Christian Cathy comes barreling in with, “But what about the Bible, what does it say?” I am not interested in a proof-text argument for the sake of seeing who is “right.” To do so is to miss the point completely. The ultrareligious Pharisees reflected in the gospels constantly weaponized the text against people morally while not caring about their humanity. Jesus’ sentiment to them was always the same ― he invited them to give life instead of moralizing people out of it and to lighten the load of religiously oppressive practices that they created. Jesus’ litmus test was not a hermeneutic interpretation, but compassion and inviting people on the margins to the center. This posture of God is the same today. “

 

“The fruit of most Western Christian theology is death, depression, homelessness and exclusion. The church limits access points for LGBTQ people to safely engage in Christian community and attempts to convince them that the image of God in LGBTQ congregants is somehow less present than in other people. “

 

 

“We should not need a theology degree to decide whether all people are made in the image of God and if God accepts them ― the answer is always yes.”

 

“Christians have an opportunity this month, and in each day forward, to repent, to look at the ways that Christianity at large has harmed LGBTQ people and to turn to a better way. That was is one led by queer voices, one that takes us closer to Jesus. This month is an opportunity to see our role as oppressors clearly, to make reparations where necessary, to elevate voices that we have silenced, to work against discriminatory legislation, to uproot our own homophobia, and to celebrate the gift of the resilient, dynamic and diverse LGBTQ community. “

 

“At the most basic level, the church should allow Pride Month to expose our homophobia. And, instead of hiding behind theology or tradition, it should ask what repentance really looks like. This is a time to learn from LGBTQ people and to create communities that create radical love, acceptance, centering and defense of LGBTQ people instead of falling into the historic trend of anti-LGBTQ sentiments, policy and action. “

 

“The church must give space for LGBTQ voices at the pulpit and must refuse to theorize and theologize about people if they are not in the room. It can do this by intentionally offering leadership at the highest levels of churches and organizations. The LGBTQ community has always had voice, but, historically, the church has simply plugged its ears while yelling the same flat proof texts. LGBTQ Christians have already been leading the way in this religion and have done so in the face of animosity, the question of their faith, and the rejection by faith communities. We must follow them for our collective liberation. As a collective, the church can do better. It must do better. The stakes are too high to maintain lines in the sand. “

 

“As Christians, we give up a piece of our full humanity when we forgo compassion and treat people as objects worthy of scorn or violence. Pride gives us an opportunity to end oppressive practices and ideology while also becoming more fully human ourselves. We get to learn from the image of God that is in LGBTQ people, the image that teaches the diversity of how God relates to gender and sex, that teaches how to celebrate and remain resilient in the name of pursuing love, and how to fight for our own collective humanity. It is necessary that in this month and beyond, Christians choose to return the things that we have taken from LBGTQ people: voice, space, dignity, safety and an affirmation of their full humanity. “

 

 

“The gift of Pride for Christians is an opportunity to see ourselves clearly in all of our oppressive history and to follow the celebration of this month into a better way.  “

 

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So I as a Christian should repent of my ‘homophobia’ because I am not willing to toss away my Bible and the beliefs that demonstrate the differences between man made philosophy and what the Son of God taught 2000 years ago. How droll…

 

When a left leaning person like this thinks of Jesus is a pot smoking hippy I have to laugh. Jesus a left leaning, lgbt friendly, progressive who somehow is Holy & Righteous and who alone will judge humanity by their way of thinking. How hilarious.

 

But I digress.

 

I have always wondered who victimized who? The Reagan-esque Conservatives who bothered to research what the old school lgbt folks wrote in the magazines and books. Those sodomites who proclaimed seemingly bizarre ideas, philosophy and somehow made those very fantasies into reality so they could punish Christian Churches, Businesses etc with new laws and political correctness. But no it was very same Conservatives who tried to warn America in the 1980s and 1990s are somehow the real enemy.

 

And then the ‘blessing’ of hiv / aids that the very same gay men screamed in protests that they would infect the blood banks and helped destroy the lives of millions for the sake of their hedonistic lifestyles.

 

Ah yes. But it is the Christians who are the real monsters here.

 

As Christians our Doctrines are not created from ‘homophobia’ but from a 2000 year history of trying to teach amoral pagans a different morality. A morality that did not include sodomy, felatio, lesbianism, animal sex and other immorality that is present at the so called ‘pride parades’ that crisscross the USA, Canada and other places.

 

As a supposed minister she should find a Bible and read what Jesus preached.

 

Pro Male + Female Marriage

Against Fornication

Against divorce

Against the pagan cultures of Rome and the surrounding pagan cultures / civilizations who practiced what you preach.

 

Such as:

 

sodomy

lesbianism

Other lgbt dogmas & doctrines

abortion / infanticide

socialism

 

And so forth.

 

Does God make lgbt-ers or does man? Hint. I already know the answer.

 

Why doesn’t Christians have a gay male minister or a lesbian minister in their Church?

 

1 Lgbt ideas are against the teachings of Jesus and the Disciples.

2 God doesn’t make anyone gay or lesbian.

3 There is no recorded teaching of a gay man or lesbian within Church history that can be used to promote gay leadership.

4 Lgbt ideas are man made not God made. Or in other words lgbt philosophy supports everything that God hates like I mentioned above.

 

IF the lgbt wants to have a ‘church’ they can keep it simply progressive. In keeping with everything that progressive leftists & democrats care about. Blm racism, protests, abortion, illegal immigration, socialism etc.

 

To attempt to push into Conservative / Christian or Evangelical circles only shows that the current philosophy that they keep is contrary to Biblical values, Jesus teachings, American Conservative philosophy & subjects. Etc.

 

Lastly lets consider Jesus.

 

Jesus was never gay. As if I need to say it.

Jesus did love those who were lost. And yet didn’t sin with them or encourage them to sin. He always had a way to teach people how to give up sinning.

Jesus taught about marriage & divorce dealing with men and women. Anything else was roman paganism.

Jesus taught kids and acted with love.

Jesus healed people who had diseases.

Jesus helped people change.

Jesus taught those who had Faith & were willing to be taught.

Jesus helped the poor and needy.

Jesus originally sought out his Jewish Community and later became Savior to we gentiles.

Jesus Prayed and sought God.

Jesus is Holy & Righteous. He will be our Judge.

Jesus future Kingdom will be a Theocracy where all our corrupt ideas of American Conservative, Progressive will be burned away.

 

Jesus life, death & Resurrection are not a means to forward progressive idiocy. Jesus as a Jew through the law of Moses wouldn’t support lgbt ideas. And this so called ‘minister’ should know better than that.

 

 

Other responses:

 

“HuffPo Accuses Christians of Sinning for Not Celebrating LGBT Pride Month”

“COREY STALLINGS  MONDAY JUNE 4 2018”

 

https://www.louderwithcrowder.com/huffpo-christians-pride-month/


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