Mark 4:12 (NIV) – “so that, ‘they may be ever seeing but never perceiving, and ever hearing but never understanding; otherwise they might turn and be forgiven!'”
You know, I am so often amazed but how quickly a blind mob mentality forms. Some leader-type figure or person of authority gets up on a soap box or pedestal– and maybe even a pulpit and instructs a crowd or audience to fear, hate, shun, discriminate, chastise a certain group of people because of some conjured up belief that this group of people are threats to society, dangerous, sinful, perverted, etc.
But if people just made the effort to discern for themselves, gather their own facts, get to know people as they truly are, and pick apart more critically at the rhetoric they are bombarded with, the truth just might reveal itself. People may come to understand there really is nothing to fear at all. They may realize that the fear is based on fact-less myth and false stereotypes that lack any substance. If people only applied some common sense and some critical thinking, they may realize for example, that transgender people are not a population of pedophiles, rapists, child molesters, or sexual deviants. Transgender people simply want equal access to public facilities compatible with their gender identity and expression. They want equal access to housing, employment, education, and health care as well– without the hate or bigotry or disrespect.
If their brains functioned just as well as their eyes and ears, they might just realize the harm they are doing and change their ways… but it’s their hearts that need the most changing. People need to feel internally what is right and what is wrong. Treating people as “less than” is always wrong. People need to not just see it and hear it, but ultimately understand that and feel it.