Pushing The Line

Milbank’s column in the Washington Post yesterday about the Christian ministers who gathered outside the Justice Department to protest the new hate crimes legislation was humorous on the one hand, and embarrassing on the other.

He laughs at the irony of a minister preaching out against gay marriage as two men kiss behind him, or that the man the ministers hired to run their sound let the gay activists use the same system for free after the anti-homosexual event.  “God works in mysterious ways,” one of the gay activists said.

These ministers were looking to test the boundaries of the law.  Is there not a better use of their time?

The thing that bothers me about this protest is not so much what they are saying about homosexuality,  but how they are saying it.  I agree that the Bible is clear that homosexuality, along with any sex outside of a man/woman marriage relationship, is a sin.  I just think its funny that I see ministers outside protesting homosexuality, and not outside a hollywood studio saying that sex before marriage is an abomination, so stop showing it to us everywhere we look.

In the article Milbank talks about Janet Porter

And Janet Porter, author of the book “The Criminalization of Christianity,” spoke of how her car was once set afire. “I think that would qualify as a hate crime, by any definition,” she said. “But because I’m not a lesbian activist, because I was a pro-life activist, there are no enhanced penalties, there’s no federal intervention, there’s no sensitivity training.”

Here is a quick search on Biblegateway.com of the word persecuted.  Jesus not only said to expect persecution, but to take joy in it and endure.  Yes, we are citizens and have rights, but if we are doing what we are supposed to be doing, we are going to be persecuted for what we believe.  We believe something that controversial.  No one wants anyone to tell them that there is only one way, especially in this day and age.  That is what we believe.  Its not going to be well received all the time, or even most of the time really.

I think we need to be less concerned about fighting for our rights, and more concerned about living out the gospel.  I don’t think rallies against a group of people is really the way to do that.  Am I off base?  What do you think?  Is there something else going on that I don’t see?  Is there a benefit to this type of action?

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