Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Judging a lifestyle is not about hate

We often hear about what love supposedly is, but rarely does anyone consider what love is not. Love is not telling someone (or a group of people) that everything is OK when it simply isn't, as Commercial Appeal columnist Wendi C. Thomas has insisted on doing numerous times, especially in her most recent piece, "The straight and narrow/Black churches use Scripture to reject gay lifestyles, hypocrisy to accept 'conventional' errancy," in Viewpoint July 12.

Most people who oppose the homosexual lifestyle are not advocating hate, nor are they proposing aggressive action against the gay community. In virtually every case, excluding a diminutive faction of radicals, their drive is based on Biblical mandates given to us in the Old Testament book of Leviticus, and the New Testament books of Romans, 1 Corinthians, Galatians and 1 Timothy.

Opponents can say what they want of the Bible, but the warnings provided by its authors are proven and true. Only those who refuse to see it will remain blind. It's usually ill-advised to pass judgment, but it is increasingly apparent that Thomas prefers a cookie-cutter kind of Christianity that allows her to overlook the Scripture's forbiddance of the so-called alternative lifestyle, replacing it instead with the echoes of an adulterated version that only leads to disaster.

Even more tragic, it's only a matter of time before what I have written will be deemed by law as a "hate crime."

Adam M. Woodford
Bartlett

Source: Memphis Commercial Appeal

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