What is this, Communist China? Don Jones, the Benham brothers, Brendan Eich, Phil Robertson, Dan Cathy, ...

"What is this, Communist China?" comes from this excellent post: The Irony of the New Tolerance.

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It's exactly what I pointed out in my post, McCarthyism's Gone Queer, and Christians Are the New "Reds", back on May 9, 2014. I'm pleased so many people are picking up on this truth:

National Review's Ponnuru: End 'Witch Hunts' on Gay Marriage Foes. Tuesday, 13 May 2014

This time, it's liberals who are doing the blacklisting: 'Gay mafia' is working to silence opposing voices in the name of diversity, by Kevin Leininger of The News-Sentinel. Thursday, May 15, 2014

Leftist Thought Police emboldened and on a tear, by David Limbaugh. 5/13/2014

I disagree with the theology concerning hate in that last link.

Perhaps the most misunderstood words of Jesus: If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. (Luke 14:26 KJV)

Some, many, theologians attempt to explain the hate there as simply meaning by comparison to how much we are to love God. Actually, it is not simply that, although that's part of it. We are to understand the words in light of these words also:

Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. (Matthew 7:17-20 KJV)

We must reconcile that while we are to love those who hate us, we are to also understand that we are what we do. If we do what is hated by God, we are in that sense hated by God. It's why the Westboro Baptists have their signs reading that "God Hates Fags." This in no way removes the healing and forgiving power of God. We are being tested, all of us. Those who overcome, will inherit life, the life Jesus spoke of and went to, where he is right now.

We don't agree with the tactics of the Westboro church, but we cannot simply dismiss their statement as being impossible. It is not impossible. It represents a paradox that is able to be reconciled by the few:

Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. (Matthew 7:14 KJV)

Don't expect to understand this at the drop of a hat. Don't condemn what you don't understand just because you've had some views, or heard or read some other teachings, that don't appear to you to jibe at all with what I'm saying here. Suspend your judgment, and seek the truth. I had to. I'm glad I did.

If you haven't seen this, Robert Gagnon: The Bible & Homosexual Practice - The Witness of Jesus on Vimeo, I recommend you watch it and read my post on it.

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