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You can safely assume you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.” — (Anne Lamott) I came across the above quote recently and was struck by it, though not at all in the way that the author and the person quoting it apparently intended. The quote would make perfect sense if it were applied to people who actually hated others in the name of “God.”
Few things are as overrated as doing whatever you feel like. There is an old analogy that sex is like fire: powerful and beneficial in the right place, but incredibly harmful everywhere else. The cost of irresponsible sex is incredibly high, both in material and intangible ways, and one doesn’t have to look around very hard to see this.
Obviously no one should judge another’s character based on a disability, or on any other trait that’s merely physical. The problem is that people frequently take whatever quality stands out in their lives, even a fundamental character flaw or deep behavioral problem, and make it the center of their identity.
There is a lot of focus these days on the issue of homosexuality — not because it’s worse than other sexual abnormalities, but because it’s the one such abnormality that is currently being loudly proclaimed as “normal.” The simple reality, though, is that homosexuality is no more an “orientation” than pedophilia, porn addiction, or any other sexual issue. Rather, it is just one of many directions in which sexuality can be “bent” early in a person’s life.
Few things are as powerful and seductive, or seem to give such immediate and desirable rewards, as sex. It has been said that all sin is really just the abuse of something good or harmless. Sex happens to be one of the most beautiful and valuable things that God has created, so it shouldn’t come as any surprise that it’s also one of the most frequently misused and corrupted.
Many people desire the benefits that society bestows upon those who are married, but by no means do all of them truly qualify for those benefits. Of course, it generally wouldn’t go over well with someone if they were told that they, and their potential spouse, did not meet those qualifications. Nevertheless, it’s an incredibly challenging undertaking that cannot be pulled off by just any two people who want to play house. There are long-term consequences not just for the couple but for others as well.
Do you hate religious hypocrisy? Then you’re in good company. God, and those who authentically belong to him, hate it just as much as you do — and most likely more. But frequently, citing hypocrisy as an excuse to reject Christianity is just a hypocritical attempt to justify ones’ own bad behavior.
The real harm to “gay” people doesn’t come from “hate crimes.” FBI statistics show that, contrary to popular belief, such crimes are actually quite rare (and are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law when they do occur). Rather, the real harm comes from people like William being encouraged to go right on with unhealthy lifestyles that in fact could be (and often are) walked away from.
It is not our goal as Christians to avoid being hated. In fact, Christ’s words in the Bible make it clear that our being hated is quite inevitable. We live in a world where people act as if any truth has to pass through their acceptability filters in order for them to acknowledge it as truth.