You may well have been subject to name calling over the last couple of weeks. You may well have not even realised that it was happening. I came across it by default because it happened on Twitter and the Twitter/Lent/Giving Up Thing is just about holding. I’m still not sure why I am doing it – no discernable spiritual effect but I’ve come this far. Anyway, if you have signed up to the petition calling for marriage to remain as a lifetime commitment between one man and one woman you may or may not know that a link went up on Twitter referring to the petition as a “Homophobe List” One word (sort of)
OUT – PIGGING – RAGEOUS
I need to explain my thoughts – few of which will flow in any particularly coherent way and some of which will probably not be file-able under “Christian Heart-Warming Edifying Things” but it’s my blog and I want to say them anyway.
The first thing is that you should not lose too much sleep over this. The link was put up by some of the “right-on” slightly snarky writers who earn their living by proving that they know much more than you could ever possibly hope to. Thank you for allowing me the privilege of reading you as you insult me. I’m very humbled.
When I’m insulted, I usually prefer it to be by someone who knows me from a bar of soap – call me old fashioned. There’s very little I can hold my head up about in this life but anyone who knows my life circumstances knows that a Homophobe I ain’t.
These are very complicated issues. For me, the Christian church has brought a lot of this on itself by a surfeit of superiority when it was in the majority on this issue. I also think that if, as a Christian, anyone can honestly point at me and attach the word “—phobe” to me about anything or anyone, then I have to have a good look at myself. I am in no position to judge anyone.
Some people are referring to this as persecution. I am not so sure. I think if you spent 15 minutes with a Nigerian Christian or an Egyptian Christian you would be able to have a clearer definition of real persecution and would feel like a bit of a soft nelly.
What concerns me is that tolerance seems to be a bit of a one way street. For many people these are deeply held spiritual views (although again – complicated – there is a huge spectrum of opinion in this area within the church) which really transcend some people in the papers writing opinion pieces. But, as the great philosopher Will Young seemed to suggest on Question Time this week – anyone who disagrees with his viewpoint isn’t actually entitled to an opinion, so there. (I don’t think he actually said that he would scweam and scweam until he was sick but the threat was certainly there)
See how mad it’s made me? I will need to go off and eat several scones to calm down.
The worst thing about all this is that it detracts. It detracts from the central truth. That the Son of God, while I had no interest in him whatsoever, came to the earth and died for me so that I could have my life changed and be saved. So that he could call me friend.
Come now and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.