Following on from my last post about commenting on the World Vision USA Facebook page, I’ve had a bit more time to process the experience and I remain deeply perplexed. I think perhaps it is because I am British, and although there is a Christian Right here, it is small, not very vocal and doesn’t muster the publicity of its American counterpart. When it does, it tends to be viewed with a degree of dismissive amusement. (In Britain, that means a discrete roll of the eyes and an almost imperceptible cats-arse moue.) That isn’t to say that there aren’t deeply held conservative positions on a range of issues such as human sexuality and abortion etc, but the debate tends to be more … well … British.
(Although, on reflection, I do seem to remember advising someone to think before she typed to avoid embarrassment. My bad!)
My approach tends to be more reflective, “But you do realise that some other Christians, particularly Catholics would disagree with you here because……”
“CATHOLICS AREN’T CHRISTIANS.”
“But when I talk to my gay Christian friends …….”
“THEY CAN’T BE GAY AND CHRISTIAN!”
“But did you consider when you quoted this passage that St. Paul also said ……”
“GO AWAY AND READ YOUR BIBLE. YOU MIGHT LEARN SOMETHING!”
(Nevertheless one person did have the good grace to delete a comment where he had accused me of being insulting when I asked him to cite the evidence. He also apologised. Perhaps he was British or Canadian.)
“Has it occurred to you, though, that there are some who would argue that your view isn’t very theological because …..”
“IT'S THE WORD OF GOD. YOUR (sic) A HERETIC!”
"THEOLOGY? WERE (sic) TALKING ABOUT GOD!"
“Jesus did hang out with the marginalised though, so I’m sure that he would have treated gays in the same loving way because they were marginalised.”
“ARE YOU GAY? I THOUGHT YOU WERE A CHRISTIAN!”
“WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO JESUS IF HE STOOD IN FRONT OF YOU NOW? (!)”
“Er …what kept you?”
“I just think there might be another way of looking at this ….”
“I HAVE DONE NOTHING BUT TELL THE TRUTH WHERE AS (sic) YOUVE (sic) DONE NOTHING BUT SPEW LIES AND FALSEHOODS.”
“YOUR (sic) ONLY HERE TO BOOST YOU’RE (sic) OWN EGO!”
“I’m simply trying to say that I don’t see things in the way you do because the injunctions against homosexuality are references to heathen, cultic prostitution and need to be seen in the context of the Holiness code….”
“YOU ARE A FALSE TEACHER FROM A FALSE CHURCH. YOU NEED TO REPENT AND ASK JESUS TO BE YOUR SAVIOUR!”
“I did that many years ago and repent daily.”
“!?!?” (DOES NOT COMPUTE WITH MY WORLDVIEW. MY BRAIN HURTS.)
"As Bible believing Christians perhaps you could help me out here. In Matthew and Luke’s story of Jesus’ encounter with the Centurion why does the Gospel writer use the word παις rather than δουλος? And, while we’re on the subject, why not αρσενοκωται?
"Και ο Ιησούς είπε, πάει και αμαρτία πλέον!" (HA!)
"Well, I've got to hand it to you, you cut and paste a mean passage of Greek text. But this doesn't answer my question, which I suspect you didn't really understand did you?"
My favourite is at the top.