Thursday, August 13, 2015

Christianity: You're Doing It Wrong

I made a comment in a previous post that there is a difference between belief and bigotry.  I want to talk about that some more.

I am incredibly grateful for the degree of religious freedom that we have in this country.  As a Christian, I am thankful that I don't have to worry about being stoned to death or put in jail or fed to lions.  I do not expect to have to seriously worry about any of those things during my lifetime.


Then there's this:
Tennessee hardware store puts up 'No Gays Allowed' sign

This man believes that he is exercising his religious freedom and standing up for his beliefs by putting up a "no gays allowed" sign on the front of his store.  There is a massive difference between what he's doing and his "right to refuse service to anyone."

You do not, as a business owner, have the right to exclude a section of the population, whether your reasons are personal or religious.  You have the right to refuse service to the man who is being incredibly rude to a waitress, or the woman not wearing any shoes, or the kid who wipes his boogers on the books.  That is where your rights extend.  You also have the right to close your business if you just can't handle the disgusting diversity of your clientele.

Furthermore, from one Christian to another, YOU'RE DOING IT WRONG.

How do you ever expect to make any difference in the world if you treat people with different beliefs so terribly?

How do you think other religions will treat Christianity if we all respond like a bunch of assholes?

How do you expect to go to heaven when you're spectacularly failing at one of the most important requirements of your faith?

IT'S ALL ABOUT LOVE

God loves you, which is why he's going to forgive you for being such a dumbass.
God also loves gay people.  In fact, he died for them just as much as he did for you.  He wants them to go to heaven too.
God wants you to love your neighbor, even if he's gay.

Whether you say something or not, offer advice or help, or mind your own business, make your decision based on love for that person.

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