I finished Exodus, but there won’t be a review of it. There’s so little of interest that I don’t think it would be worthwhile. Although it does have it’s good points. Such as 23:1-2, “You shall not spread a false report. You shall not join hands with the wicked to act as a malicious witness. You shall not follow a majority in wrongdoing; when you bear witness in a lawsuit, you shall not side with the majority so as to pervert justice”. There’s even more, like not cheating the poor and not taking bribes, but I won’t bore you with everything. Anyway, Exodus 23:2 will show up again.
So, on to the actual post. I recently had the privilege of being told that Christians cannot be true friends to non-Christians and cannot be real allies to the LGBT community. In the conversation, my goal was to show that Christians are not evil by default and that we can be and are allies. Some of us actually belong to the LGBT community. Imagine that. I know why these people are anti-Christian as I have been there too. When I was anti-Christian, it wasn’t from anything personal. Far too many people have lost their homes and families from bigots using the Bible to support the hating of someone different. I haven’t read enough just yet to start to show why their bigotry really isn’t that clearly supported by the Bible. Anyway, I understand that some LGBT people have been badly hurt by Christians. I’m not even going to ask them to get over it. I want to be accepted into the LGBT community because I’m a transwoman, one who happens to be Christian. I should not have to prove that I’m not evil.
My own break with Christianity was about 15 years ago. I was attending a church that was very cult-like. Likely was a cult. At the same time as I’m trying to disengage from them, I run head long into the likes of Pat Robertson and his ilk. Now, keep in mind that at this point that I think I am a straight, white male. I could not stand how these idiots were treating those in the LGBT community. Simply, I could not be a Christian if it required me to hate people. So, I drifted through different religions. Up until the middle to end of last year, I was a pagan. It took me years to get over my hatred of Christianity, but I did. I got myself into trouble, as a pagan mind you, by defending Christians. I had seen that they are not all evil people who hate anyone different from them.
Now, I refuse to agree with a majority when I think it is wrong. I have felt this way for a long time. Maybe I’ll be quiet about it, maybe not. The one thing that I simply cannot stand is seeing someone get the short end of the stick. It is nice to know that my faith backs me up in standing up for the rights of minorities. Would I stop even if doing so was against my religion? Yes, without a doubt. I would not be able to practice a religion that would prohibit me from standing up for others.
The long and short of it is that we cannot discriminate against Christians. That is just as wrong as certain Christians discriminating against us. No more, no less. And there are the practical concerns. We can’t afford to tell a, rather large, group of people that they aren’t good enough to support us.