This morning I attended a session in favour and promotion of LGBTQ rights. It was wonderful to meet the presenter, a charismatic teacher in middle school, and see where he was coming from but throughout the presentation I couldn’t help but notice that there are some issues, with the LGBTQ movement and the staunch proclamation of their rights.
Despite what the presenter said this morning I, a Christ follower, do not hate or seek to persecute those who identify as LGBTQ. I do not wish to see them bullied on the playground or torn apart by those closest to them, on the contrary. I love them and do not want to see them using a double-edged sword to fight their battles.
As I’m sure you’ve already guessed, double-sided swords have two sides. A good swordsman, one who wants to use his weapon well, will make certain that before using the sword one side is just as sharp as the other. Both are meant to pierce and cut with precision, to shatter bone and disturb marrow.
To further clarify: when I say double-edged sword I mean, a double standard.
The LGBTQ standard, and the standard of most the population I spend my time with, is that we accept everything they say as groundbreaking, trendy truth.
As they accept their beliefs, and no other, as fact they are neglecting to teach that there is, just like every issue, another side of things and other opposing opinions that need to be unearthed and addressed before complete validity can be given to the topic in question.
Are the members of this community taking time to reflect on some other ideas that may change their lives?
Such as: what if there is a loving God who desires relationship with them, who made them and is not ashamed of who they are? What if there is an eternity that can be spent with or without this God of Love? What if there is a way to be free while being who God made them to be?
I can’t help but be inspired by Rosaria Butterfield, well-known former lesbian and active advocate for queer rights. After taking time to consider the other side of the coin she became a Christian and received tenure from the University she taught at in 1999. Here’s a little something she has to say with regards to the topic of LGBTQ,
“I learned the first rule of repentance: that repentance requires greater intimacy with God than with our sin. How much greater? About the size of a mustard seed. Repentance requires that we draw near to Jesus, no matter what. And sometimes we all have to crawl there on our hands and knees. Repentance is an intimate affair. And for many of us, intimacy with anything is a terrifying prospect.”
― Rosaria Champagne Butterfield, The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert: An English Professor’s Journey Into Christian Faith
Isn’t that the truth? Every one of us wants to be known and understood but so many of us are terrified to be known fully. I can only assume that this is the reason why so many shy away from the concept of a God and an intimate, fully attainable relationship with Him.
I can’t help but wonder: is lack of intimate relationship with the God who made us the reason we are fearful of exploring the prospects of that relationship? I think this may very well be the case.
I digress… now, back to my point: if members of the community or allies for their cause are unwilling or unable to address the fact that there are other valid opinions and personal testimonies that negate their own there are some holes, some gaps in their argument that are very difficult to skim over and agree with… I don’t think Rosaria Butterfield would argue with the power of a personal testimony, which there are many of.
Now back to that double edged sword…during the workshop the speaker mentioned the horrible persecution and injustice done to LGBTQ students because of their beliefs, which made me wonder: why, when the presenter smashed religion, did every open-minded, loving person in the room laugh snicker and mock? This is where I began to see the double standard and a glimpse at the double-edged sword that may hurt LGBTQ members.
It appears to me that they are choosing to discredit the idea of a God because it’s not what they want to hear.
All of this thought and typing brings me to the question: is it wise to ally with a worldview because the majority of people around us agree with its validity? Should we be accepting the double standard that comes wholeheartedly from a worldview that claims to be accepting of everyone and yet mocks whatever is in opposition to it? Let’s think about what we’re allowing to shape our worldview…
I also suggest we take time to examine other opinions, ones that hold the power to transform our hearts and minds forever.