SlanderPosted: July 22, 2014
The following is part of feedback received on this blog site recently, from someone who described himself as a gay man.
“Mr [X] comments gave me for the first time in my entire life the deep feeling that God might actually love me”
Troubled by this, I replied as follows –
“… Im very saddened to hear once again the perception that gay people often have; that God may not love them. I dont recall such a perspective being taught in churches Ive attended, and I still find it strange that people believe it, despite the fact that the Christian phrase “love the sinner …” is so widely known. Are you able to help me grasp where the message that “god hates gays” comes from? The only source that comes to my mind is the tiny yet vocal group known as Westborro Baptist Church. Are there any large or mainstream groups that teach that god hates gay people?
God does love you Robert, very much.”
It’s been some days now and Robert has not responded, so I doubt that he will. But Ive continued to ponder where he would have heard the lie that God hates gay people. Certainly there are many good Christians who point out that God hates sin, including gay sex. And certainly there have been Christians of the past who have been inarticulate or just uneducated about what aspects of homosexuality are sinful, and have likely given others the incorrect impression that God hates gay people. But do conservative Christian ministries still say that God hates gays? I cant think of any recent incidences of this. Can you?
So who is keeping the “god hates gays” line alive in today’s broader conversation? From what Ive noticed recently, it’s the gay activists who are keeping it alive. Yesterday I read an article online that included reference to GLBT people, mentioning –
“… a church that calls you abnormal, crazy, “intrinsically disordered,” and asserts that God hates you enough for who you are to send you to an eternal hell …”
And a few days prior, a key leader of the Metropolitan Community ‘Church’ released a statement which said in part –
“We categorically reject the disastrous religious dogma that God wants Christians to hate some people.”
Which of course raises the question – if gay people think that God might hate them, is this belief due to what conservative Christians have expressed, or is it because of what gay activists have expressed? Perhaps it’s increasingly the latter.