They call themselves Christians and proclaim that they follow the teachings of Jesus Christ, but how does that work? Christ was inclusive. He included all comers not just a chosen few. So how is it that you can be a follower of Christ and be exclusive? Oh I see, pretend that if you don’t agree with someone’s lifestyle then that means they aren’t Christians so you can exclude them. You can even hate them, although Jesus was not about hate. He was about love thy neighbor. Didn’t specify any particular rule that could exempt one from loving thy neighbor.
All across this land the laws against marriage equality are falling one by one while one group seems intent on finding any possible way they can to circumvent and prevent marriage equality. The latest being Indiana where the state legislature controlled by people who call themselves (I am assuming here of course) Christians and as such followers of Christ, just passed a bill now signed into to law by another so-called Christian, Governor Mike Spence. A law that allows discrimination against gays and lesbians. Christian charity? Christian love thy neighbor? No only if they are not gay or lesbian, then hate away, it’s now the law of the land in Indiana to hate and discriminate.
We have been through this before. Of course then it was mostly in the southern tier of states and it was directed exclusively against our African-American neighbors. But now it’s coming from states like Indiana who used to have a more pronounced liberal bent. Hate is raising its ugly head all over the place. Christian love and charity? Gone with the wind.
You can be a Christian these days and yet harbor hate and malice aforethought for the neighbor Jesus told you to love. Where’s that in the Bible? Don’t give me the old mantra about the Old Testament, Jesus offered us a New Testament where being exclusive and hating others weren’t something that was supposed to be Christian values. So now so-called Christians are ready to again change the teachings of Christ and try to pretend that Christ was only about love for some and not for all.
What a crock! Hate is hate. It doesn’t compute in any age with love thy neighbor. You can’t just love thy neighbor who is straight. You can’t just love thy neighbor who is conservative. You can’t just love thy neighbor because they agree with you. What I have always gotten from the teachings of Christ is love thy neighbor is inclusive even so far as to include (and this is a hard part for me I admit) racists, bigoted, hateful neighbors. Even when they disagree with you politically and on almost everything.
Hard to not hate someone for their ways especially when they want to incorporate their hate into the law of the land. Still Christ was inclusive not exclusive, but Governor Spence and his state legislators who voted for the bill he signed into law need love too. It would appear they need a whole lot of it, because for them hate is trumping love big time.