IT’S TOUGH to have a civil conversation about disputed matters.
We rag on Congress for acting like babies doing nothing but screaming while sitting in their poopy pants.
Yet when we Christians have tough topics to hash over, we stink things up, too.
Take my blog post of yesterday: What to do about the Gay Christian.
It got discussed a tad in the “Christianity” corral at reddit, a talk-a-lot social network.
I quoted the pastor of a gay-friendly church saying that when people use the Bible to wallop gay souls by calling them perverts, she appeals to love.
“Put down the book that you would use to hurt me. Look into my eyes and tell me that you would have me scorned, bullied, discriminated against….Now who is the pervert?”
How did Christians at reddit react?
“Her comment is bs.”
That was the first sentence of the first note posted.
I’m not especially fluent in social networking abbreviations. BS doesn’t stand for “beautifully stated” does it?
Context clues from what followed suggest something a little more in the direction of poopy pants.
The reddit commentator accused gays of having the persecuted Christian complex, adding that “even though they are bullied and scorned doesn’t mean the Bible calls for it.”
Actually, the Bible calls for execution:
“It’s disgusting for men to have sex with one another, and those who do will be put to death, just as they deserve” (Leviticus 20:13, CEV).
Some folks on the flip side of the debate, elsewhere on the internet, got a little intense pushing back at tradition-minded Christians they didn’t agree with.
This is a tough topic the church is processing right now.
I’m thinking we need to change some diapers.