Unintended consequences


Robertson Nature Reserve

Robertson Nature Reserve (Photo credit: Poytr)

When we are brazen enough to open doors that should be left closed, we must be prepared to deal with unintended consequences. There have been a few of these lately.

When passing hate crime bills, making it a punishable offense to state your religious beliefs, we have created an avenue by which even those who advocated for the law are caught up in eventually.

When the star of Duck Dynasty was asked about his thoughts on homosexuality, this is what he said:

Everything is blurred on what’s right and what’s wrong. Sin becomes
fine,” he later added. “Start with homosexual behavior and just morph
out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that
woman and that woman and those men. Don’t be deceived. Neither the
adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual
offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers —
they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not
right.

This is what was said about his comments:

Robertson’s anti-gay comments did not sit well with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) advocates. GLAAD called his comments some of “the vilest and most extreme” uttered against the LGBT community, “littered with outdated stereotypes and blatant misinformation.”

Here is a bit of wisdom from the bible: God said homosexuality was a sin. Christians don’t get to make the rules, we just have to live by them. If his comments were outdated, when did God add an addendum to the bible? What the hell was stereotyped? What did he say? That all gays were homosexual? Maybe, it was that all Lesbians were homosexual? Were they ‘typed’ as sinners? Guess what, the bible says they are sinners. Those who commit adultery or have sex outside of marriage are as well.

Here it the part that those who pushed for the hate crime bill will be hit with eventually. If it is illegal to say that homosexuality is a sin, it will be just as illegal to tell a Christian he has to accept homosexuality as just business as usual.

When we opened the door to same sex marriage, we opened it wide enough for polygamist to walk through. Also, one man can be married to another man and a woman. One woman can be married to another woman and one husband. Next, we will have the men who want to marry children.

Why have any rules of conduct, any moral compass or any laws? Let us do away with them all. It won’t bother me, I won’t be here when that happens. Right at the moment, I can’t think of any reason why it should bother me that millions will be left here to deal with it. The church will be gone, which is what many desire anyway.

The only ones left to live in total lawlessness will be the ones who deserve to live that way. Why do Christians care how much pain and suffering will be left behind? Because we do care. We care about the pain and suffering of others.

Christians don’t believe they are better than, smarter than, more morally upright than others. We know for a fact that we are the same. The only difference is this: We have recognized our sins as sin and work hard to stay out of temptations way. Even so, we still slip. We confess the sin, God forgives the sin and we start all over again. No, we don’t lose our salvation when we sin, we lose our good fellowship with God when we sin.

There is no hate in a Christian. If you find one with hate in him, he is a liar. He says he is a Christian, but he isn’t. Hate can’t live in a true Christian. Now understand this. I don’t care if you are a guy who likes guys. I stay out of your business. Even so, if you ask me if homosexuality is a sin, I won’t lie to keep from hurting your feelings. So, I ask you not to bait me the way Mr. Robertson was baited.

Mr.  Robertson doesn’t need television. He has made his millions. Does anyone really think that he cares about being on a reality show? He lives his life, he doesn’t act. No matter how you spin life, the truth is the truth is the truth. One thing Mr. Robertson tried to say nicely was this, ‘what comes out of an anus versus what comes out of a woman’s womb?’

It isn’t news to the gay community that Christians believe in the Holy Bible. I think it is more than a bit pretentious to act as if it is something some of us just invented to make life difficult for them.

 

Forced to apologize


At the end of my road

At a crossroad, following the right path for you.

In the news recently, several prominent Christians and a few who are relatively unknown Christians, have apologized for identifying with their Christian faith.

A recent headline screamed, “Forced to Apologize!” Christian business owners were asked to apologize for using hate speech. There was no hate involved. The couple refused to photograph a same-sex marriage. They did offer another photographer to do the job, however. It seems this wasn’t good enough for the activists who wanted to make an issue against Christian beliefs.

I have two issues with the entire scenario: 1. Stand your ground. 2. Who wants a forced apology?

Stand Your Ground:

If you make a statement concerning your religious beliefs, never back away from it. This isn’t making a choice between the chocolate or the strawberry ice-cream, this is your religious foundation. If you believe God and God said homosexuality was an abomination, then it is an abomination as far as Christians are concerned.

If you repeat what God said and the listener gets offended, you didn’t offend anyone, God did. Let God handle it. Whatever you do, do it with conviction and kindness. If you stand by God’s word, then stand by his word. Don’t apologize.

Don’t Apologize :

For my life, I can’t imagine anyone who would accept an apology by a person who had to be forced to give it. My mother would stop the frequent arguing between my sister and me, then force us to apologize to one another. Now, you know just how sincere those apologizes were, don’t you?

Why would the homosexual community want a contrived apology? They don’t. They do want the heterosexual to appear as if he has been dressed down. They want the satisfaction of having made the Christian to debase himself. If all of this seems petty to you, then you are welcome to my petty party.

Make no mistake, I believe every person has a right to her religious beliefs and the right to practice that religion. If my religion forbids the condoning of homosexuality, I will not condone it. Not for the sake of my niece, an uncle or a cousin. They know that I love them and would never hurt them. I don’t preach to them and I ask that they don’t preach to me. I also think that lying, cheating, and stealing are sins because God said they were. I can see how these things hurt other people. It appears to be okay with the activists that Christians see lying, cheating and stealing as sin, but not homosexuality. Why?

If businesses have the right to refuse service to any one, they should have the right to practice their religious beliefs. The very fact that the homosexual couple made the photos such a big issue is proof that trouble was all they wanted in the first place. They were given an alternative and they refused it. The story should be over.

Your feelings may be hurt after reading this post. If they are, God has hurt your feelings. God made the laws, I just try to live by them. Why do some people have a preference for their own sex? I don’t know and homosexuals don’t seem to be able or willing to share this information. If I had to guess, I would say the reasons vary by person. Does this mean I don’t like you if you are a homosexual? No, it doesn’t. If I dislike someone, it is because they are selfish, loud & obnoxious, rude, mean to children and the elderly, and totally inconsiderate.

If you get in my face and tell me I have to approve of homosexuality, chances are I won’t like you. I promise not to get in your face and demand that you become a Christian. I won’t apologize for my religious beliefs.

What is a phobia?


According to the free dictionary online, a phobia is “A persistent, abnormal, and irrational fear of a specific thing or situation that compels one to avoid it, despite the awareness and reassurance that it is not dangerous. ” Many people have irrational fears, such as the fear of cockroaches. These bugs are filthy, disease-carrying insects, but they can be quickly squashed by a human foot.

Fears are not something that people should make fun of. Most everyone has at least one irrational fear. This is why I get angry when liberals slap the label of homophobe on anyone whose religion teaches that homosexuality is sin and something that should not be practiced. People whose beliefs teach them that homosexuality is wrong do not have a fear of homosexuals. They don’t fear the individual nor do they fear becoming one themselves.

Liberals believe they can influence society by teaching that people who are against homosexuality as a lifestyle are people with irrational fears. Therefore, they must be homophobes or irrational people.

Common sense tells the person who is able to reason that homosexuality is unnatural. Liberals can’t find a way around this fact so they label sane, rational people as irrational. Have you ever heard a liberal explain how homosexual activity is natural? I didn’t think so. Even they know that a case can’t be made that homosexual activity is natural. That is why they refer to it as an alternative lifestyle. Alternative to natural, that is.

The argument against homosexuality is easy to make. Whether a person believes in a supernatural being who created everything or they believe people evolved from microbes in the ocean over millions of years, they can’t make a good sound argument for homosexuality.

Because we do not fear becoming a homosexual, nor do we fear a group of homosexuals, we should loudly object to being called homophobes. If they qualify for special rights, surely we qualify for basic human rights. It is past time for conservatives and Christians to take a stand and push back when homosexuals push us around and attempt to manipulate us by calling us a name that is simply untrue.

There have been and even now are homosexuals in my family. I love them. I place no conditions upon that love. I enjoy being around them. They are funny, respectful and intelligent. They would also say that homosexuality is wrong. They don’t try to force others to believe that they have irrational fears of homosexuals. They just enjoy life and keep their private lives private.

If they feel the need to identify themselves by their sexual activity, I suppose heterosexuals should introduce themselves as such. “Hey, my name is Robin and I don’t attempt to have sex or fall in love with a member of my own sex.”