Pride and Prejudice

“In my years of counseling and speaking with LGBT men and women, I have heard countless stories of cruel and heartless comments made by priests in homilies or in private conversations that betray the most hateful attitudes toward LGBT people. Over and over, I would hear the same question: “How can I stay in a church that treats me like this?” ― James Martin, Building a Bridge

“Our culture has accepted two huge lies. The first is that if you disagree with someone’s lifestyle, you must fear or hate them. The second is that to love someone means you agree with everything they believe or do. Both are nonsense. You don’t have to compromise convictions to be compassionate.” - Rick Warren

First let me begin by saying that I support neither of these men in their "ministry". James Martin for the obvious, and Rick Warren for the not so obvious for those who may not be familiar with him. But what is striking here is that James Martin pretends to be a Catholic priest. Rick Warren is semi-prosperity gospel preacher. James Martin purports to be a priest in Christ's Church and Rick Warren preaches a perverted gospel. And yet, in this instance, he has it right. For many years now we have been indoctrinated with the social justice gospel, a gospel that insists that in order to be Christians, we must accept without reservation any and all innovative, alternative interpretations of Christianity. We must abandon dogma and tradition because "times have changed and so must we". Not only must we accept it, but we must rejoice with those who would pervert the Gospel of Christ and celebrate it with them. Yes, celebrate. And be Proud! Proud that we have become so progressive that we can accept that which God has called sin. But Jesus never said anything about homosexuality. And he certainly never said anything about transsexuality or bisexuality, right? And He never said it because we don't follow the words of that incredibly misogynistic and homophobic Paul guy. You know, the guy who wrote, "For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet". (Romans 1:26-27) But lets go further back than that. Leviticus 18:22 tells us, "“You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.” Wait, that's Old Testament though so that can't apply. But it does. When we look at the Old Covenant and the New Covenant we see many similarities. We see them because while dietary and slavery laws ended with the Old Covenant, many laws are repeated in the New Covenant. Both the Old and New Testaments are the story of the same God, a God of love and mercy. The civil law of the Old Covenant was for a specific people in a specific place and time. But the New Covenant includes and reinforces those laws of morality which apply to the whole world. And those laws prohibit homosexuality. Jesus never red lettered any words in scripture about homosexuality. But it is disingenuous to claim "Jesus Never Said" while claiming to be Christian because the inspired Word of God and its inerrancy is a central tenet of Christianity. It can't be both ways. Either Paul was inspired by the Holy Spirit or he wasn't. And if he was but certain words were not from Jesus, then we have a modalism problem. Either the words were inspired or they weren't. And if one separates the words of Jesus from the writings of Paul, then one must also separate the Holy Spirit from God the Father and God the Son. There is nothing to be proud of in openly and unrepentantly engaging in that which God has prohibited. Prejudice does not exist in those who remain true to God's word and to the moral laws He established. There IS both pride and prejudice in those who would ascribe to Christians who resist the pressure to accept that which Scripture and Tradition prohibits the labels of hate, homophobe, un-Christian, unloving, judgmental. These labels couldn't be further from the truth. Admittedly there are some who claim to be Christian who can be assigned such labels. But that is not the norm. The actions of a few do not taint the motives and actions of the whole. Those who claim to be Christian should remember that "Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. (Galatians 5:19-22).

We do not hate those who engage in homosexuality or another other perversion of moral law. Neither will we accept it because we do not have to compromise our convictions to be compasionate. And if those who engage in these acts want the Church to stay out of their bedrooms, they should keep their bedrooms out the Church. But that's exactly what they want because they wish to change the Church to comply with their progressive agenda. And they get violent when they meet resistance because that is their goal; to paint those who disagree with them with social labels that will make them societal pariahs. Except Christians have always been societal pariahs so this is nothing new. And neither is their attack. What is new is that people like James Martin, someone who vowed to protect and defend the faith, has jumped the shark and now defends as moral and right those who live in direct opposition to Scripture and Tradition. Pride intentionally flaunts that which is evil. Prejudice drives those engaged in evil to target those with whom they disagree to an end that shame and shunning will change them. It is pride that moves an opponent to live in such cognitive dissonance that it never occurs to them that they brought their bedroom into the Church by attempting to force Christians to openly support a lifestyle with which we disagree. It is prejudice that Christians have been singled out because those who engage in this practice know they will be met with resistance.

We get angry, and we should. There is nothing wrong with righteous anger. But as we are tempted to strike back, recall the words of St. Paul, that guy wasn't inspired and wrote most of the Testament: Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised); And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works. (Heb. 10:21-23) Everything that can be shaken will be shaken from within. And its shaking. Terribly. Violently. But I'm not worried because I've read the back of the Book, and we win.

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