Sunday, February 12, 2012
In the above video, you get some varied opinions about homosexuality by Christian Evangelicals. Interestingly enough, they seem to vary along generational lines - the younger, the more accepting.
Greg Boyd brought up the Barna poll which shows that the number one item both Christians and non-Christians associate Christians with is an anti-gay stance. Chuck Colson, feeling that Greg and Shane were giving away the farm, denied anti-gay sentiments among Christians. He says, "I have yet to hear a Christian bash a homosexual."
This is, to me, a rather incredulous statement. I can't began to count the snide, condescending, hurtful, and judgmental comments I have heard Christians make about homosexuals to their faces and behind their backs. I just read one this morning. A friend of mine was being lectured by a Christian, using all of the usual arguments (eg. God made Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve). The parting remark was "Gays make me sick".
So, how is it that Chuck never hears any of this? It seems to me that one of two things must be happening. He is either so defensive of Christianity that he interprets reality to suit his prejudices (he really doesn't see it), or his bar for what is considered "bashing" is really, really low.
In any case, he is a leader in the Christian community, and it is statements and perspectives like his that give permission to Christians all over the world to hold and perpetuate prejudiced and bigoted dialogue.
I know Christians who are quick to point out that "not all Christians are like that", but at some point, Christians have to start taking responsibility for their community. Obviously, there is something in the ethos that allows so much of this to fester. You don't find people who are ambivalent about ecology in Greenpeace... why do we find so many people ambivalent and hostile to love in Christianity?
Posted by Andrew at 5:39 PM