Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Mission Statement of The Deceived

"Our goal is to see the world through eyes well clouded; To speak with little knowledge; To stand against anyone who thinks differently; And to defend our actions, words and cause with the implication of narrow mindedness."

When I hear of organizations created to bring about "freedom" for this group or another, I immediately think of the Civil Rights Movement, Martin Luther King Jr., and Rosa Parks. The next to last thing I think about are Christians. The absolute last thing I think of are homosexuals or transgendered folk.

However, just a few days ago, I was introduced to a group known as Soulforce. Now, because of this group, my whole perspective has changed.

For instance, I do not believe that any person should be denied the Word of God. I don't believe it's a good idea for any person to be barred from church attendance. I don't believe that any church should be central to violating an individuals constitutional rights. For that matter, I don't believe in constitutional rights being violated at all.

I only bring this up because on November 11, 2008, the First Baptist Church in Jackson, TN did perhaps the greatest disservice to the Christian faith they could have done: They denied entrance to a group of homosexuals invited to the concert taking place at that church.

In fact, all over America, homosexuals and transgendered folks are shunned, demonized and discriminated against in many ways. Denied jobs, church attendance, homes and more, they truly have had a very hard time living- Let alone living it well.

Thus, it is for this reason that the opening statement fits First Baptist Church, and any other that does the same.


Using the same example, any group that calls ahead of time to announce their planned presence at a function hosted by a person or persons decidedly against their movement invites this trouble. Why, exactly, would a group do this? Well... Ask Soulforce.

According to their vision statement, they are for freedom for homosexual and transgendered people "through the practice of relentless nonviolent resistance." This sounds great! After all, why shouldn't they be able to go where they want to go and do what they want to do- Within reason, of course.
Unfortunately, they shut their eyes tightly for this part, left out intentionally: "from religious and political oppression."
Oops, hold on a moment! What about other forms of oppression? Are these groups held back only by religious and political means? What about independent, personal bias?

Apparently, Soulforce seems to believe that all kinds of negativity towards homosexuals and transgendered originates with "religious bigotry." Note the quotations. This is the full statement, taken from their mission: "The mission of Soulforce is to cut off homophobia at its source -- religious bigotry." They go on to say their style is intended to "connect the dots between anti-gay religious dogma and the resulting attacks on the lives and civil liberties of LGBT Americans."

Hold up for a moment, folks. I have no issue with ya'll wishing to be employed equally and insured equally. But since when is it all right to oppress me in an effort to stop your oppression?!

Let me just give you an example.

For centuries, the term "Marriage" has been considered holy- It's part of the traditional vows, for crying out loud. Lately however, these groups wish to reinvent the term. Why? "Civil Union" covers everything necessary legally, and simultaneously keeps the term marriage sacred. Someone very close to me, who is homosexual, has himself stated the whole marriage debate is a dead issue carried on by "scream queens." (Direct quote)

Here's the thing. Soulforce and other such groups want heterosexuals to accept them and treat them as equals. Folks, if you want to be treated equally, quite screaming for special consideration! Honestly, I know I'd be more than willing to take on the cause of equal rights if there wasn't this insatiable need for special treatment.

To any Christians reading this with a suspended sense of disbelief, or straight up outrage, listen to me:

These folks are so deceived, they firmly believe they are completely in the right. Sadly, they ARE right when it comes to the idea of religious bigotry, and this is our fault. We know they're in sin, we know they're in trouble, we know they're drowning, and yet we're keeping them from entering a "house of God?!"

To any homosexuals or transgendered reading this with anger and/or outrage, listen to me:

I speak from my own convictions, which are, at the moment, MY constitutional right to hold and voice. It is my opinion that you are wrong. Nevertheless, I'll defend it, because I believe THAT is right.

Having said this, let me simply put words to my next couple of thoughts and sign out.

If you at Soulforce wish to be accepted by those who are "religious," perhaps you shouldn't attack us so often.

If you fellow Christians want for homosexual and transgendered activists to stop oppressing us, then perhaps you should begin practicing what Christ practiced.

That is all.... For now.