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Not about hate

AtascaderoJune 17, 2013 

As an ordained Southern Baptist minister, I applaud the two gay men in the recent Cal Poly “makeout session in response to crazy preacher lady.” Even though this was nothing more than a knee-jerk, juvenile prank and not some grand theological/political statement, these two know what they stand for and act on it by living their belief.

Their action brings to the forefront that Christians, as a whole, have little true understanding of what it means to be a Christian, know what they truly stand for or how to live their belief. Charles Stanley, in his book, “The Wonderful Spirit Filled Life” says “… it is no wonder that so many non-Christians want nothing to do with Christ or His church. They know too many Christians!”

Christianity is not about hate or damning those we think of as unbelievers. We, as Christians, should not attack others in order to push our beliefs on them. If we, as Christians, honestly desire to serve the Lord and our fellow man, we must begin by learning how to live true Christianity, which is: Love one another. That means loving those who are different as well as those who are the same. The best way to help others learn the Bible’s truths is to live those truths, rather than shout them.

Personally, I do not condone the LGBTQ lifestyle, nor do I condone “preachers” full of vitriol. With that, I must also applaud the “crazy woman preacher” for her heartfelt attempt, even though it is sad that she, like many who stand and “preach,” may not be truly founded in the truth of the Bible. We have too many “Bible thumpers” and not enough “Bible understanders.”

Sadly, the Christian community has neither the strong understanding of its cause nor the dedicated fervor of the LGBT community. This incident should serve as a wake-up call to the Christian community to learn what God’s word really says and live it before others, with understanding, in order to effect change.

Terry W. Barnett is a freelance writer who has lived in Atascadero for 11 years.

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