Earlier in the week I read a post about a panel discussion at Liberty University that addressed ways Christian conservatives could more effectively combat the gay movement. One panel member, Ryan Sorba, believes that the root of the problem is the word “gay” itself. He believes that the word is no more than a ploy to create fundamental rights for those who chose to give into their fleeting, immoral desires. Instead of giving the gay community an identity by using the word “gay”, the community and their actions should be referred to as “anti Christian”, “same sex attraction or intercourse”, “sodomy,” and “unnatural vice”. (For more on this, see http://castrost.wordpress.com/2011/04/12/haters-gonna-hate/)
Mr. Sorba’s comments are a shinning example of how people use their religion as an excuse and platform to promote their ignorant and intolerant beliefs. Be you an atheist or devout in your religion, you would never do anything that could be considered your one way ticket to Hell. Despite what we may say and do, deep inside we all want God to love us. We all want to experience some kind of pleasant and peaceful afterlife when we die. What better way to get people to accept and promote your agenda than by exploiting these wants?
Mr.Sorba isn’t the only who has spoke out on a controversial issue by using the Bible. Slavers who participated in the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade used the Bible to convince slaves and those who spoke out against it that it was the right thing to do. (After all, the Hebrews of Egypt were enslaved.) They would often use verses such as slaves obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, in singleness of heart, as you obey Christ; not only while being watched and in order to please them, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart (Eph. 6:5-6) and tell slaves to be submissive to their masters and to give satisfaction in ever respect; they are not to talk back, not to pilfer, but to show complete and perfect fidelity so that in everything they may be an ornament to the doctrine of God our Savior (Titus 2:9-10). If this justification wouldn’t work, slavers and masters would use the Bible story of the Curse of Ham to convince slaves and those against slavery that blacks were inferior to whites and destined to be servants.
To help sway more supporters, those who are pro life use examples from the Bible to support their views. They use verses such as then the word of the LORD came to me saying “before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations (Jeremiah 1:4-5) and what then shall I do when God rises up? When He punishes, how shall I answer Him? Did not He who made me in the womb make them? Did not the same One fashion us in the womb? (Job 31:14-15). If this isn’t convincing enough, pro lifers will say that women who have abortions are murderers and the punishment for murder is eternal damnation. They will say that the fetus is a blessing from God and He believes that you are ready to bring a child into this world.
I will not poke holes into any of these Bible supported arguments, although they are open to interpretation. The fact of the matter here is that Sorba’s exploitation of religion to support his views is nothing new. It’s part of the same song and dance that has been going on in America and around the world for centuries. It’s just another ploy to get people to support their way of thinking because people want to please God.
However, I don’t think a loving and accepting deity like God would be pleased with intolerance and being used as a ploy to spread it. If God has made us all in His image, if He made us all brothers and sisters, I don’t think He would approve of such intolerance towards each other. Christians claim to believe in charity, good will and kindness. Is it charitable to refuse a homeless a man dollar or food because you think it’s his fault? Is picketing the funerals of homosexuals and dead soldiers a sign of good will? Is calling a woman who had an abortion a murderer or calling a gay man a sodomizer kind?
What do you think about all this? Feel free to sound off.