Thursday, August 2, 2012
The Chick-Fil-A brouhaha
I've tried to keep my peace over the Chick-Fil-A imbroglio, but the triumphalism and/or bitterness displayed on both sides has finally got to me. I've had more than enough of this crap. Both sides need to sit down, shut up, take a deep breath, and grow up.
To gay activists: So you want to be free to indulge/celebrate/express your sexuality. Good. Go for it - in private. I don't care what you do, or who you do it with, in the privacy of your own homes. You have as much right to free choice as I do - in fact, according to the Christian faith, free will is one of God's primary gifts to us. If you choose to exercise your free will differently to how I exercise mine, that's your privilege. However, I do get fed up when you insist on making a public display of your sexuality, whether verbally, coitally, or whatever. Get a bloody room!
To anti-gay Christians: You have the right to believe what you please, and practice your beliefs - but you do not have the right to condemn others who do not share your faith when they believe what they please, and practice it. Come to that, you don't have the right to condemn even those who do share your faith! Have you forgotten Matthew 5:48 and Matthew 7:1-5? If you've got those instructions right, then - and only then - you can talk to me about how others are failing. Until then, shut up!
Don't tell me what you believe. Show me. Prove to me by example - by your actions, not by your words - that you believe. Live a sexually moral life yourself, including no lustful thoughts, words or actions (including masturbation, pornography, etc.). Keep that up for a meaningful period - I'm talking years, not days, weeks or months. Only when you've walked the walk do you have the right to talk the talk. As St. Francis of Assisi put it: "Preach the Gospel at all times. If necessary, use words." That says it all.
My apologies if I've offended anyone by being blunt . . . but I think it needed to be said. For myself, I'm a Christian. I don't accept the gay lifestyle as Godly. On the other hand, I'm forced to confess that I'm a sinner too - at least as great a sinner, and possibly a worse one, than many, even most gay people. I need God's mercy and forgiveness myself; and if I want him to forgive me, I must forgive others. (Remember the 'Our Father' [Matthew 6:9-13]? "Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us." It's that basic - and that important.) I can't judge or condemn gay people for their lifestyle. I must forgive them - and I need their forgiveness for my sins, too. If I believe there's a better lifestyle for them, I need to show it to them by example, so that they can see Christ in me, and be converted by his lived reality. Bashing them over the head with the Bible isn't exactly helpful.
We're all equally in need of God's mercy. May we all seek it humbly, and help each other to find it in the end.