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Survival of the Righteous

Christina Engela - 2010-03-10

It's not that God isn't a God of love, patience, kindness etc; it's just that some people who claim to follow God aren't - and see fit to single others out - but not themselves.

While I have been a Christian and now consider myself an agnostic and spiritual, I differ in my views of the value of the Bible as any form of authority, as it has been shown to have been manipulated and edited to suit those who use it as an instrument of control. This is, of course, a point which is actively disputed by those who happen to agree with points of view which are bolstered and encouraged by these manipulations, mistranslations and other errors in a document which many would use as a rule book by which to live, run society, judge others, and even condemn people to death.

Let me make it clear in no uncertain terms that that document, while having value as a set of rough guidelines and inspirational verse, is not infallible, inerrant or even an authority.
This has become quite relevant in the discussion around the recent findings of a Methodist Church tribunal in South Africa which has dismissed a gay minister for marrying her long-time girlfriend. The Methodist Church should be ashamed of its narrow-mindedness and persecution of people who should be welcomed. Excuses do not cut it anymore.

Amiel Joshua - a detractor and critic of human rights for gay people, wrote on the wall of the Facebook support group set up to support this minister:

Look, you cant blame the church for following the rules as laid out in the bible, the bible is the final authority on how we lead our lives, that's what we believe as christians. The methodist church has given her a lot of leeway, more so than any other church denomination would have, in some of the churches I know of they wont appoint ministers who would marry gay couples let alone a gay minister.

Marriage is a between a man and women. From reading ecclescias story she knows that she ought to have been celibit. I think shes trying to move the boundaries for her own gain and is short sighted. Look around you, the gradual lessening of standards has started endless problems, rampant crime starts with petty rule bending. We're called to be set a part, called to a higher standard of living. no we've not perfect, but we should fight our battles with Gods help and not just succumb to carnal instinct, its like premarital sex, self control with Gods help is needed.

It is because of such attitudes and people who push them that churches everywhere are empty and emptying.

It is because of such attitudes that gay people (and others) turn their backs on God. And I cannot blame them for doing so, although I wonder who is going to answer to this God for that. Us? Or those who lie and steal the light from those who need it most?

Marriage is a piece of paper, and an agreement between people who love each other, regardless of gender. How can a person's marriage be for any other gain than that of love and the formalisation of their union? How short-sighted people are for suggesting that our love is any less valid than or equal to theirs. How insulting, your underlying attitude in implying this, and offensive.

Especially when half-wits and idiots start pointing fingers at crime and deterioration (and natural disasters) and blame these on "low morality" and us wanting to get married or to stop you from treating us as cattle or second-class citizens.

"The issue in the church was never orientation," it is claimed by supporters of this betrayal of our trust - despite the fact that gay people were unwelcome in churches for decades, based simply on their sexual orientation.

Of course, people choosing to live heterosexual "lifestyles" are somehow sinless and those not are fit targets for the wrath of "God's perfect sinless people".

Christ came to save all – Jews, gentiles, murderers etc etc etc ... including religious fundamentalists, Christians and even gay people. Don't forget to include all those paedophiles out there, who are "obviously gay" and also into bestiality and incest too, according to our detractors - who haven't a factual leg to stand on between them. Oh and as a minor detail, where is incest listed as a biblical sin?

It's not a "them and us" scenario, they claim - we include you in the church (but yet we stand on the outside looking in at them); "we all sin in different ways" – but some sin is somehow seen as worse than the sins of those who see themselves fit to judge others.
And of course a select few of us know exactly what God wants, who he/she/it hates and what God says. And of course a select few of us choose who is welcome in God's presence and who isn't, and what is sin and what isn't, and which sin is the flavour of the month in terms of who is welcome and who isn't.

It was fine for Ecclesia to be a pastor and be gay (and live together in technical sin out of wedlock) but "marriage" (I love those "quotation marks" - you know, like the ones I put around "Christian") was one step too far for the church - what astounding double standards.
People who are of this line of thought should stop placing themselves on a pedestal - you are no higher than the rest of us.

People such as these are the reason others have little or no time for God - or those who claim his or her name - and kill others in it. It isn't God that hates us, but people who call themselves Christians and who won't deviate from their laws when they should be seen as mere guidelines and who read between the lines when it suits them.

I reject any laws which strip people of equality and dignity and turn them into objects of blame, derision and persecution.

The one law of God is love - and if you stop talking about love, you stop talking about God.

Let those bigoted and invariably straight Christians wonder now about why we do not want to be a part of their perfect world, on their terms. Let them ask why we "reject God" - when it is them we reject. Them and their hypocrisy, their hatred and their prejudice. It is time for change, it is time for renewal. It is time they opened their ears, eyes, hearts and minds. After what they have done, and after this betrayal by the Methodist Church of South Africa, they can wonder no more.

So now this guy is in such a knot that he is denying things he has said or implied! And after such an argument I am left angry and disillusioned and unwilling to consider allowing anything religious or spiritual close to me. I believe most people are good, even deep down, even if I have to use a shovel to dig a little - even if some people can sometimes tempt me to pick up a shovel and actually put that theory to the test.

I apologise to all for my anger - I have been at this front line for so long, I have seen all the arguments and tasted all the flavours of bigotry first hand. I respect the rights of all people, including the right to believe whatever they choose to - but I oppose the oppression of one by another and the use of personal beliefs as justification or authorisation for such oppression.

It hurts me, as I am sure it hurts all of you, when people hijack faith and God as weapons to serve their own selfish needs and to attack and destroy others with. I grow tired of turning the other cheek. I grow weary of playing nicely and treating bigots and haters
with cotton-padded gloves and pulling punches - when they go for us they go for the jugular and step over our bodies, to leave us bleeding on the ground. When they attack our right to exist as human beings they come prepared, with every tooth and nail sharpened to a keen edge.

I grow tired of seeing us bleed for their hate and their hypocrisy and false piety. I grow tired of their using us as scapegoats to justify stripping freedoms and human rights and to pass conservative laws that place them in positions of privilege and power. I grow tired of our kind being expected to apologise for the way we were born, as though we had any choice in the matter. I am tired of being made to feel less human and less good than people who imagine they are somehow superior simply because of who they love or who they imagine themselves to be. I am sick and tired of people claiming that being gay is any more of a sin than being heterosexual. I am sick and tired of people using what we are as a slur, an insult and a curse in the name of the same God who made us all. I am through apologising, I am through feeling guilty for something which was not my choice, or my own work.

These people attack us out of the evil in their hearts and the ignorance in their minds. They attack us because we have no nation, state or country to uphold our nature, and unlike any other racial characteristic, we occur naturally in every other race, colour, creed and nation and are not unique to a species of our own. We, unlike Americans, Whites, Christians or Jews, do not have a haven to which we can turn to say, "Look, they are murdering us - look, they are persecuting us!"

We, unlike any other group in the history of humanity, have no power, no military might, no defence whatever - aside from the goodwill, tolerance and open-mindedness of our fellow human beings - and that is precisely what these fundamentalist rightwing monsters are actively taking to pieces and suppressing - it's an act of hatred, systemic isolation and gradual genocide.

We are truly hunted in this world. And those who know nature know that the fittest survive, not the apathetic. Those who know history and military strategy, know that fortune favours the bold and those who are prepared - not the apathetic.

Which are you?