Aaron Harburg

Why am I so critical of the religious right?

Christians Are Called to Charity

This article is primarily intended for Christians and Catholics in particular who consider themselves conservative or traditional.

If you claim to be a follower of Christ and a Catholic that means you are necessarily called to a higher standard than those who do not claim to be. That means that if you fail to fulfill that standard you are held to a higher level of accountability before God and man. The primary call of Christ is charity. Charity is not some vague well-wishing, it is the daily willing of the good of the other out of love for God. Love requires knowledge of the other (http://newadvent.org/summa/2027.htm#article2). Right now many gay people feel that Christians hate them. Ask yourself, is this because they are closed-minded sinful liberals? Is it the deception of Satan? Or maybe, just maybe have Christians contributed to this? I contend that Christians have done an epic job of failing not only at appearing charitable, but actually being charitable.

“For if you love them that love you, what reward shall you have? Do not even the publicans do this? And if you salute your brethren only, what do you more? do not also the heathens this? Be you therefore perfect, as also your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Mat. 5:46 – 48)

Basically it’s like this:


“That is Why You Fail”

When I bring up the idea that maybe the way Christians
relate to gays (I’m going to focus more on gay men, because that’s my
experience and what I know best) a lot of times there is this immediate
defensiveness. “You know I love you.” It’s sort of this weird race to show they
aren’t condemning, but aren’t condoning. I constantly encounter the disbelief
that they are messing up. Yoda has something to say about this.

I understand why it’s hard to accept that this might be the case. Christians are already getting shit on on from basically every media outlet. In TV there are more out gay Characters than devout Christians who aren’t some stupid stereotype. So let’s get real. How have Christians failed teh gayz?

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