Lately I have been poking along on Facebook collecting some disturbing articles about various priests and pastors spreading hate in their sermons and preaching to young LGBT adults, teens, and kids about how sinful it is to be gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. I even saw some stories about one pastor in particular who is asking gay kids to basically kill themselves for Jesus.
Why do I bring this up? Because stories like these serve as reminders to us all that our work is hardly finished. We may have certain rights and we may have obtained the right to marry in some countries, but hatred and discrimination towards the LGBT community still thrives so long as people feel it is their religious right to hate us. So long as people are encouraged to hate by the rhetoric of politicians and religious leaders (or mis-leaders as I think of them), then the LGBT community isn’t really equal but rather living on the defensive.
True equality won’t be achieved until attitude change is achieved and people come to realize that we are all endowed with gifts from God and we are all God’s creations. God doesn’t hate us– He loves us! He sent Jesus to us to preach love for all–neighbors as well as enemies. He gave his life so that we might be forgiven our sins and flaws and be saved by the grace of God. He died to prove us worthy of redemption.
These stories about these preachers and pastors encouraging LGBT folks to commit suicide are false prophets and liars and are self-serving, corrupt individuals who clearly have no understanding of the Bible or Christianity or what it means to follow Christ.
Christ condemned no one! Christ didn’t seek anyone’s death either. Christ abolished the old Mosaic Law as well and laid out the two most important commandments one could follow– Love thy God with all your heart, soul, and mind… and love your neighbor as you would want to be loved. Upon those two commandments, all laws and prophets hang.
No one should be asking for your death or threatening you in such a way if they claim to be persons of God or Christian or Muslim or Jewish or any religion. If someone claims a religious text or bit of scripture commands them to kill in God’s name… they don’t understand what love, compassion, mercy, forgiveness, or humanity means.