American culture has adopted a dangerous habit of equating disagreement with hatred. Allegations of hate and bigotry have become tools that people resort to when their facts and logic run dry. The narrative goes as such: If you disagree with someone’s worldview, you are thus hateful and bigoted towards them and/or their ideology.
This reckless habit breeds false narratives, and false narratives breed false ideologies– ideologies that sometimes turn violent. In the past year alone we’ve seen many violent reactions towards opposing views from those who deemed the non-violent individual(s) “hateful.” (here, here, here, and here)
Most recently we’ve seen this violent reaction in last week’s school shooting in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. Devon Erickson and Maya Elizabeth McKinney, both of whom identify within the LGBT community, carried out the school shooting targeting “STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) students” and showed strong detest for Christians.
In a recent post to a now-deleted Facebook account, Erickson wrote:
“You know what I hate? All these Christians who hate gays, yet in the bible, it says in Deuteronomy 17:12-13, if someone doesn’t do what their priest tells them to do, they are supposed to die. It has plenty of crazy stuff like that. But all they get out of it is ‘ewwwwww gays.”
In addition to Erickson’s biblical illiteracy, there are two flaws in this quote that are imperative for our culture to understand:
Christians don’t hate the LGBT community.
Christians hate the sin of the world and how it hurts Christians and non-Christians alike. But this hate for sin fuels a love for the sinner and a desire that they find freedom from sin through Jesus Christ’s redemptive work on the cross. Disagreement with the LGBT lifestyle does not equate to hatred. On the contrary, it likens to love.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, John Wesley Reid