Nothing can be more true to Christ’s call to evangelism like entering your local Target store and screaming at customers to repent for shopping at the Sodom and Gomorrah of shopping centers. I know when it comes to sharing one’s faith, I can think of no better way to get your message across than shaming civil values of inclusion while shouting at the top of your lungs like some sort of Jewish prophet appointed by God.
Oh wait…I can think of of much better ways to share your faith that don’t include a do-it-yourself shirt purchase from your local screen printing shop and throwing a tantrum in the middle of a non-religious organization that refuses to bind itself to your heretical Puritan values.
Protestants…you’re so cute sometimes, but this isn’t one of those times. Not even a little cute. In fact, it is this kind of nonsense that prompted my leaving of the Protestant perspective. Self-righteous armchair theologians given free reign to interpret sacred Scripture as they see fit and a belief that it is their duty to fight for Jeez-US are, in my experience, the most angry, hateful, and unChristian Christians I have ever come across.
These small minded individuals, as loud and self-righteous as they appear to believe themselves to be, have no real grasp as to why -biblically- the transgender matter should cause Christians pause. Oh they can readily quote the lines which call homosexuality an abomination, how God made Man male and female, etc., etc., but they cannot tell you why the issue matters.
The argument, for those of them whom I have had the displeasure of dealing with, devolves into shouting (might makes right), obscure Bible verses misused and misapplied, an appeal to Puritan morality, (sometimes) a reciting of conservative talking points, and finally angry and aggressive name calling that generally reveals their true bigoted nature.
Never have any of these types been able to explain the dilemma brought about by Scripture in dealing with the LGBTQ community. Probably because the real root of the matter is found in the dignity of the human person – something I’ve rarely seen respected, much less considered, by these mouthpieces.
While I have found these types of people very vocal on issues relating to abortion, prayer in school, the LGBTQ community, going to war (with everyone), and standing against any program intended to help those in need, they appear to be very silent on truly Christians matters.
I have never really seen these folks out standing up for the poor being taken advantage of by unfair and unethical economic practices. I can’t remember a time when these folks stood on the steps of a pharmaceutical corporation’s headquarters condemning them for practices that kill for profit. Nor can I recall them calling the Protestant church to repent for neglecting its dutiful love for its neighbors so bad, that the government has to step in to meet the needs of the most vulnerable.
Again, this may because it demands the consideration of the dignity due every person.
The wild use of random scriptures that sound condemning (appropriately interpreted or not) to sound authoritative. Dudes, you’re not Prophets or Judges appointed by Christ Jesus to carry out His wrath. This just irritates the hell out of me and causes me to greatly wonder what kind of madness is being taught in their churches, home Bible groups, youth groups, etc.
Proper exegesis of Scripture would do wonders for these folk…then again, maybe not.
They fail to understand that we do not live in a theocracy. We live in a republic which guarantees certain freedoms to all its citizens (not just the Christian ones). As such we agree to live in a balance which allows certain freedoms to be enjoyed by all. I have no place to infringe on the rights of others; it is not my business to enforce my religious beliefs on others by way of legislation, so that people have to legally behave in a way that looks psuedo-Christian.
Finally, (although I could go on for a lot longer) the dignity of the human person. Regardless of the different ideologies between me and my neighbor, two things have been made damningly clear: I am to love God with all I am, and I am to love my neighbor as I love myself.
This means I treat my neighbors with respect, care about their welfare, and see to their needs where I can. I contribute to the wellbeing of others without regard for their personal beliefs.
And knowing the statistical reality of sexual assaults in public restrooms (who are more likely to perpetrate them, etc.), if offering the use of public facilities as appropriate keeps people safe from assault, then I feel morally obligated to support policies such as established by Target.
So, before going out and making an ass out of yourself for Jeez-US and Merica!, don’t. Just don’t.