Agendas

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You hear conservative Christian groups talk about “the gay agenda” a lot these days.  And, the more conservative the group, the louder and longer they shout about it.  James Dobson’s Focus on the Family has probably beat this drum louder than anyone, but they’re not alone.  The guys in the video you just watched, Sid Roth and his guest, Michael Brown, may not be as well-known as Focus on the Family, but they don’t give a damn thing when it comes to pumping up fear of gay people and their “agenda”.  Now, since I’m not gay, I don’t get invited to the meetings; but as far as I can tell the only agenda gay people have concerns equality and acceptance. 

I’ve always felt there was something wrong with the conservative obsession over this “gay agenda” and, in the middle of writing this, I finally realized why I feel that way.  The Christian right has an agenda of their own and they’re pushing it just as hard as they accuse the LGBT community of pushing theirs.  It’s kinda two-faced when you think about it.  I mean, they’re all up in arms because they feel gay people are shoving something they don’t agree with down their throat.  Yet, at the same time, they see no problem with doing the same thing to everyone else.  What’s that, you say?  The Christian right has an agenda?  Yes, they do.  In a nutshell, they want to use biblical Christian values and ideals to govern the United States; some even want to establish a theocracy in this country.   That may sound good on the surface, but there’s a problem with it.  Namely, that everyone in this country isn’t Christian and our constitution prohibits this kind of thing.  You remember, that whole 1st amendment deal about not establishing a religion and stuff. 

Here’s the thing about agendas: we all have them.  Personal, communal, national, there are agendas all over the place.  They can be good things, helping us organize efforts and get things done.  They also give groups something point at and, “Here, this right here is what we want”.  When the agenda becomes more important than people, that’s when problems begin.  The agenda of my conservative brothers and sisters is causing them to reject people because of who they love.  It’s causing them to lose sight of our mission to the poor, the neglected and those on the margins of society because they’re afraid the U. S. might become a socialist country.  It’s causing them to wound fellow believers because it won’t let them acknowledge there might other ways to act out our faith.  The agenda of the LGBT community has its problems, too.  It’s causing them to demonize good people because they don’t understand gay life.  It’s causing them to inflame opinion for no other reason than getting attention.  It’s causing them to turn into the very thing they hate: people who believe “My way isn’t the right way, it’s the ONLY way”.  Maybe we should give up agendas, try loving each other and see how that goes.  It can’t be any worse than what we’re doing now.