Plus, sometimes we shouldn't be edified we should be disturbed! My boss tells a story of a local church who refused to play a video on human trafficking because it is disturbing. He says he went through a time of thinking about why we need to be disturbed sometimes. Yes, spread the love. Yes, edify. Yes put love notes into the world! But things like untruth, hate, prejudice, racism, and injustice towards anyone is disturbing! Sometimes we need to be disturbed.
Ready to be disturbed? I saw this on biologicalinks. It is being reported that the Oklahoman lawmaker who spoke so harshly against homosexuals has a gay son, Jesse, whom she and her Baptist preacher husband have disowned. She says in this video gay people commit suicide because they are gay. No sweetie, gay people commit suicide because their families and friends disown them, and because many of us even try to change who we are and can't and so self hate comes. There's a ton of untruth in this, but my point isn't to refute her untruth because there are people in the blogosphere doing that, but rather to say what if this was your mother and you were gay?
My family has been surprisingly better than I expected. AND my preacher father and mother have not disowned me. They love me. No this one christian does not speak for most christians but, from reading this church marketing blog why do you think 16-29 year olds think the church is:
- Anti-homosexual: 91%
- Judgmental: 87%
- Hypocritical: 85%
- Old-fashioned: 78%
- Too involved in politics: 75%
biologicalinks said: "I guess for a woman to whom being a Christian = “no way gay,” then her son being gay MUST be the result of some vast school/government conspiracy to indoctrinate children. Surely it couldn’t be that her church-reared son could be gay… well, just because he’s gay. She needs a reason beyond what her mind and beliefs can compute"
Also here's the new "For the bible tells me so" trailer. Sorry for the hyper long post... :)