Thank God I am not as other men!

Ace puts up a very long post on the current Ann Coulter/Joseph Farah dustup.  Which you probably haven’t even noticed.  Farah castigates Ann because she agreed to speak to a politically conservative (but gay) group called GOProud.

Ace says: 

Here’s what I think of Farah’s position: It’s poison. It’s not merely political poison, it is moral poison.

I agree.  Do I approve of homosexuality?  As a Christian who knows some Scripture, I can’t.  But, also like Ace, I’m not attracted to that sin.  The Christians who bear that cross are the ones who should be reaching out to gay non-Christians.  It’s probably best if the rest of us, including Mr. Farah and definitely Fred Phelps, butt out.  But if you must weigh in…imagine your beloved child, or niece or nephew, who is doing something wrong. 

And by wrong, I mean something unsafe or unhealthy for them.  Eating paint, or sticking a finger in a socket.  It doesn’t affect you personally, and yet you disapprove of that behavior and want them to stop.  Why? 

Because you’re childophobic!  You, know, the way disapproving of gay sex is homophobic. 

Of course not.  You disapprove because you care.   And if that love for the wrongdoer isn’t plainly in you…ShutTheFaceUp.  You’re hindering God’s work, not helping.  Get in the closet…then pray to God for help in loving thy neighbor.

Ace is dead-on about the dangers of “combatting” sins one isn’t tempted to do.  Because the biggest and baddest of the universal temptations is pride.  Since X is a sin, and you are impervious to X…you are better than those who are not! 

Jesus had a brand name for those particular folks.

Pharisees.

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I've accepted that all of you are socially superior to me. But no pretending that any of you are rational.
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7 Responses to Thank God I am not as other men!

  1. Jeff says:

    I agree for the most part. However the last paragraph where you say “Since X is a sin, and you are impervious to X…you are better than those who are not! ” Is off the mark, just because you’re not tempted by homosexuality (or any other sin) doesn’t mean you think you’re better than that person by default. Yes the sin of pride means you must be very careful that you don’t fall into that very human tempation. But there is no where in the Bible that says you should only speak out upon sins you yourself are tempted by.

    Beyond that, I oppose gay marriage, but not because it’s sin. But because in our society under current law business is seen as a public utility. Meaning that if gay marriage passes then family oriented/christian businesses would be required by law to recognize those marriages to their employees and be forced to support them. Even though it runs contrary to their religious views. Change that law, and I’d have no objection to what two people do.

    -Jeff

  2. wormme says:

    Jeff,

    I didn’t intend to imply one necessarily thinks he’s better. Just that pride is a universal temptation. And religious sanctimony does a lot more harm to Christianity than does homosexuality.

    Your reasons for opposing gay marriage are excellent ones, you’re trying to maximize liberty. This mess is because the federal government tries to control society. We could revisit the Full Faith and Credit law, allow states to decide how marriage is defined and whether they’ll accept other states. We COULD, but we won’t.

    And thanks for visiting a newbie blog!

  3. TXMarko says:

    Matthew 7:3-5 (New American Standard Bible)

    3″Why do you (A)look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?

    4″(B)Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye?

    5″You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.

    The Bible makes clear that we are all sinners, unacceptable to God without the atoning blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Try as we might, we can never become “less sinful” than any of our fellow man.

    Christians should never adopt an attitude of superiority, because they (we!) are not!

  4. wormme says:

    Absolutely. We should be secure in the knowledge that our situation is superior, since we want non-Christians to share in it.

    We were spendthrifts who ran up bills we cannot pay, and the penalty for defaulting is…absolute. But we were adopted into a family that covers our debts. And all that’s asked of us is that we help those who are in our old position.

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  6. As a Homosexual who knows some Scripture, I do not approve of divorce. Jesus had a major problem with that particular sin, and others, but his views on homosexuality didn’t make it into the papers. My cousin divorced her husband awhile back (he was bipolar, you know) and she still goes to all the family get-together’s (she can bring a boyfriend, I can’t bring my partner of 14 years). Her church doesn’t seem to be bothered too much, go figure. I worry for my nephew, since the situation is proving to be very unhealthy for him. But I care, as would Jesus. I suspect he wouldn’t be bothered much by my sin, but would have some strong words for Christian folks like yourselves.
    Much obliged…
    T.R.

  7. wormme says:

    Tyrone,

    Thanks for visiting!

    What, exactly, are the strong words you think Jesus would have for me?

    That I…what? Hate gays? He wouldn’t say that, for He doesn’t lie. That I think homosexual behavior is a sin? But that’s Scripture, which I didn’t write. Do I seem holier-than-thou? Really? Sexual self-gratification is also a sin…it’s possible I’ve erred there. A few thousand times.

    And I’m not a Christian who believes that Christians who continue in sin aren’t Christians, or aren’t going to heaven. By remaining carnal we damage our effectiveness, not our salvation. So, from my (admittedly limited!) theological understanding, better to be an actively gay Christian than a straight-as-an-arrow non-Christian.

    So, I really, REALLY would like to hear what you think Jesus would say to me.

    Honestly.

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