The Heresy of Religious Freedom

Very well put!

The Unlikely Evangelist

It is getting much harder to call myself a Christian.

This isn’t because I have lost any faith in the saving and redeeming power of Jesus. Far from it: my commitment to follow the Way is as strong as it has ever been, stronger even. It isn’t because I have been sinning in any spectacular way: my sins are what they have always been, significant only in their persistence, rather than their magnitude.

No, it is harder to call myself a Christian because that title has become toxic to so many people, both inside and outside of the church. While I would love to loudly proclaim myself as a Follower of Jesus, that proclamation now has to come with caveats to avoid hurting entire groups of people.

“I am a Follower of Jesus, but I don’t hate gay people.

“I am a Follower of Jesus, but I don’t hate…

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So while we’re on the issue of “religious freedom”…

Dating Jesus

87c97bb06ad237766fd0d6f2634aef1b(Which of late has been a legal notion best interepreted as “screw you, my religion is better than yours“):

(With a side order of “My religion tells me to hate you.”)

(To which the only response is: “Baby Jesus is crying, yahoos.”)

The Republican-controlled Indiana House of Representatives has passed a bill that would, as this link says, “provide cover” for LGBTQ discrimination. The Senate already approved a similar law, so this version is expected to go to Gov. Mike Pence, who has said he intends to sign it — to which the NBA’s first openly gay player, Jason Collins asked, via Twitter:

JasonCollins_tweetIsn’t that the bigger issue? Not: “Will I be forced to bake a wedding cake that will be eaten by gays and lesbians,” but “Will I ultimately be treated as a less-than under the guise of religion?”

Way to go, Mr. Collins. It’s always…

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