I would first off like to apologize to anyone who may be offended for the terminology I repeat that has been used by this church. Their repeated use of the term "Fag", is not only a slur directed at homosexuals, but as they argue of its etymology, is derived from the concept of one who will burn in hell, and they use it indiscriminately against not only homosexuals, but those who commit adultery, fornication, and other 'sins against God'.
I'm sure lots of us have seen the website- GodHatesFags.com
and heard of their protests against Military funerals, claiming that Soldiers dying in Iraq is God's punishment for the fact that the US is tolerant of gays, in the military and in general. They also make claims such as that AIDS is something that God loves.
I think it can be summed up easily as their slogan that, 'If you aren't good enough, God hates you.'
Even networks and individuals widely known for conservatism were enraged and disgusted at the teachings of this church. We see a report here on Fox News
?. And it's no wonder. These preachings disgrace all that sane moral conservatives and Christians strive for.
You'll notice this video turns quickly away from any real potential argument, however, and devolves quickly into catfighting and namecalling.
Which brings up more of the core question in debate here.
I have seen so many people who were also disgusted and outraged at these claims, saying that 'They are not real christians because they preach hate!', however that statement is very often followed up with something similar to the reporter's angry rantings, or something along the lines of 'they should die!'
If so many of those enraged 'christians' take a claim to true christianity because they promote love and tolerance, then why is it any different for these zealots? Hating their actions, yes. Taking legal movement against them, yes. Being hurt and wanting to speak out? Of course!
But responding to their hate and anger with hate and anger? Where is the 'true christianity' in that?
Would it not be the true Christian thing to do, to go on loving these poor misguided souls? Would it not be Godly and righteous to try to understand that these people are ignorant, horribly mislead, and pray for their forgiveness, as you would want done for you should you ever need to be forgiven? Even if they don't want this forgiveness. Even if they never accept love from those who would divulge from their 'true teachings', even if they take it to their graves, would it not make the world a better place, beyond Christian standards and simply in human standards, to defeat their manifesto simply by proving them that love prevails?
If God is Love, then there is nothing that can be done to kill faith more quickly than hate.
Those are my thoughts. Please discuss. (And no; this is not just a 'homosexuality' or 'christianity/faith' thread. This is a complex topic, and I should hope more people have thoughts on this.)
"Always be sure to forgive your enemies. Nothing annoys them so much."
- Oscar Wilde