Since ISIS-sympathizer Omar Mateen murdered 49 people and injured 50 more at an Orlando, Florida nightclub, many Christians have been offering their sympathy and prayers for the families who lost their loved ones during the shooting rampage early Sunday morning. Despite their good intentions and doing the right thing- offering prayer, emotional support, and comfort for those in need while mourning the dead–Christians have turned the other cheek while defending themselves as the reason Omar Mateen targeted the LGBTQ community.
While grieving–and attempting to make sense of the stark reality of natural evil, Christianity has been scapegoated and criticized for this ISIS-inspired mass murder. Because Christians, and evangelicals, have refused to redefine marriage to contradict its original meaning and refuse to be coerced into participating in or providing services for ceremonies and activities that contradict their religious principles and beliefs, Christians are guilty of creating and nurturing a “climate of hate.” An increasing cacophony of voices claims that Christian-based hatred motivated a Muslim to murder 49 people while claiming allegiance to ISIS in the name of Allah, absolving his guilt in a gross demonstration of evil.
So is transgender real, and so is transtheology.
Rather than directly confronting this religious bigotry and moral absurdity by defending their religious reputation–the foundation of which is the gospel of Jesus Christ, some Christians have joined the “blame Christians” chorus.
One of those Christians is a famous author and blogger, Jen Hatmaker. In a post on her Facebook page that went viral, she said,
I’ve been listening to my gay friends and leaders the last two days… and this is what I am hearing: It is very difficult to accept the Christian lament for LGBTQ folks in their deaths when we’ve done such a brutal job of honoring them in their lives. Anti-LGBTQ sentiment has paved a long runway to hate crimes…. We are complicit.
“We?” A “brutal job honoring them in their lives.” “Anti-LBGTQ sentiment.”
Christians who stand against redefining marriage and the homosexualization of our culture are conflated, dishonestly, with “hate,” “dishonor,” and “anti-LGBTQ,” none of which is accurate.
Everywhere one turns, one is inevitably confronted with LGBTQ propaganda, forced upon society by those antagonistic toward traditional sexual and gender norms and ethics, which came from the Judeo-Christian value system. These propagandists of the post-modern sexual revolution demand Captain America have a boyfriend. They send social media petitions to Disney suggesting that Elsa–a princess in the famous movie Frozen– be a lesbian. Gay advocates celebrate the possibility of a transgender stingray in the upcoming film Finding Dora, the sequel to the hit movie Finding Nemo. Gay apologists applaud Bruce Jenner’s “transition,” and they cheer J.J. Abrams as he boasts about a gay character in the upcoming film in the Star Wars franchise. These same people shamelessly applauded the president when he adorned the exterior of the White House in the colors of the gay flag. This cultural gender-bending and homosexualization, in addition to the destruction of the institution of marriage and the absurdity that one can appropriate whatever gender one “identifies” with rather than one’s birth gender, crystallized in the disturbing non-gender discriminatory bathroom mandates of the Obama administration. Not wanting to be force-fed, secularized, and culturally damaging sexual experimentation doesn’t qualify as a ‘brutal job’ of honoring the lives of LGBTQ. And it doesn’t implicate Christian responsibility for a murderous, radical Islamic madman either.
Further, many examples demonstrate that though Christians are far from perfect, most Christians aren’t anti-gay or “homophobic.” They simply don’t want to be legally mandated to participate in actions that violate their religious sensibilities- sensibilities that the Constitution protects. Many people despise teachers’ unions, me included, but that doesn’t mean all teachers are despised (only the incompetent ones). The same analogy applies here. Christians aren’t afraid of gays, nor do they hate gays. They simply disagree with the overly aggressive agenda to normalize homosexuality through compulsion combined with the cultural deconstruction of social institutions.
It seems like the only harm toward the LGBTQ community that will overcome Christian disapproval is a mass murder.
Mass murder is only a step worse than Christian fidelity to its central teachings and tradition. What moral compass is Hatmaker consulting?
The rest of Hatmaker’s post lists straw man arguments against Christians. Yes, Christians disagree with the homosexual lifestyle. Christians also believe in praying for one’s neighbor, loving their enemies while praying for the people who curse them- many of whom are members of the LGBTQ community that Hatmaker defends at the expense of her fellow Christians. Hatmaker should be ashamed of not supporting her fellow brothers and sisters in the faith. The idea that Christians can’t walk and chew gum or haven’t done so is ridiculous.
Christians can accept, love, and pray for the LGBTQ community (Orlando and elsewhere) and should do so. But Christians are under no cultural, moral, religious, or theological obligation to approve of a lifestyle that contradicts a life lived in communion with Christian teachings. They also shouldn’t be compelled to accept the inversion of human sexuality. And they shouldn’t be liable for what another person from another religion did of his own volition.
The result of making the Christian boogeyman the representation of evil is that the LGBTQ community has no idea how to confront the kind of actual evil that disrupted their false sense of security and punctured their ideologically pretentious bubble.
Standing on religious and historical precedent- and common sense doesn’t violate the sympathy and prayers of Christians for the victims and residents of Orlando.
Christians aren’t to blame for what happened at that nightclub.
Omar Mateen is to blame for what happened, as is the radical theology and savagery advocated by ISIS.