Yesterday was National Coming Out Day. It was also the day I broke one of my rules…no politics on Facebook. Well, actually I suppose we were talking about religion so maybe I’m still golden.
One of my Christian Facebook friends seems to enjoy stirring things up. And yesterday he stirred things up by announcing that homosexuality is a sin. I suppose you can guess where things went from there.
I was embarrassed. It struck me though, more than it has on other occasions, how much of the culture of modern Christianity seems to be about bullying. About using the guise of “reaching others” to really spend our time banging others over the head about what they are doing wrong. Nevermind that Jesus himself told us explicitly to NOT do that. (Matthew 7:5; Luke 6:41-42) Granted those verses do say we can deal with the speck in our brothers’ eyes…but only after we’ve gotten the logs out of ours. And I don’t know about anyone else, but every day I wake up and realise that there is still a wooden eye in my head. By the time I get these logs out, the eyes themselves will be in heaven.
I’ve got a non-Christian acquaintance who has decided that my Christianity isn’t good enough for her because I don’t give her money to pay all of her bills and I don’t drive her to medical appointments. So she shows up periodically to bully me about religion. You may have seen her here from time to time. Thanks to her (and others) I’ve really come to despise the idea of using religion as a tool to abuse others. Because that’s what it is. Rarely have I seen another person who uses the “you aren’t a good Christian” trope for any other reason than to impart unto themselves a degree of superiority. A blog I recently started following is really a series of sermons written by a writer. Underneath all the various vignettes it’s clear that the writer is using those blog entries as a form of self-aggrandisement. “Buy my Christian Fiction because I’m clearly really in touch with the Faith. Unlike most of you.”
Lucifer was cast out of heaven because he wished to be God’s equal. More and more it strikes me that in condemning others we might be committing the sin of pride.