Be warned. This is a rant.
This guy is an idiot.
But there is more. His congregants defend his anti-gay tirade.
Other than the obvious dehumanization of the LGBTQ community, something else struck me as I have been poking at evangelism the last little while…
The idiot is sharing his faith. Whether he knows it or not, even though he is preaching to his own tribe, his words became public. This has become the Christian voice creeping back into our world.
It’s evangelism. He’s sharing that the god he worships and follows wants those from the LGBTQ community to be locked up behind electric fences.
The problem is people are listening to something that is not gospel. As I write this the above video is well over 550,000 views. The Huffington Post and NBC have spread this across their networks. It’s gone mini-viral reaching the many with a voice of judgement, hatred, and poor biblical exegesis.
It’s a reminder that the alternative is important. It’s a reminder that Jesus does need new public relations (see the Jesus needs new PR blog, great stuff). It’s a call to come to people in the same manner that Jesus did. Over a meal, with some wine, talking about life and building relationship. It’s a simple recognition of humanity. It’s mind blowing how difficult that can be for some people and how it somehow gets connected to the gospel.
What do you think? How should we frame the message of Jesus to our world in light of this preachers comments? What are the implications of defining ourselves by what we are not?