What Are We Afraid Of?

Today, one of my favorite bloggers, Matthew Paul Turner of Jesus Needs New PR, posted a video with content that’s all too common among some Christian groups.  CitizenLink, which appears to be the political wing of Focus on the Family, published a report about the gay agenda in public schools.  Matt’s post was snarky, funny and right on the money.  And, since he already covered that ground, I was thinking of how I could steal something of this and write about it myself.  As I watched the video, I was struck by the fear these people had and were doing their damnedest to inspire in others.  I know it’s a little long, but watch at least a little of it:

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She goes on and on about the “gay agenda” and every time she mentioned that phrase, I thought “What about the Christian agenda? ” You know, the one causes us to marginalize anyone who’s not exactly like us?  Where we ignore (at best) or demonize (all to often) anything that makes the least bit uncomfortable?  Gay people are the most visible group dealing with this right now, but they’re far from alone; homeless people, people struggling with addictions and folks that just look different get it, too.  Walk into a new church looking alternative in any way, be it dress, tattoos or lifestyle, and prepare to be ignored.  They could ask you to leave, but I doubt they would; it wouldn’t be polite.  Of course, walk in holding hands with your same-sex significant other and all bets are off.   

What exactly are we afraid of?  That we might catch “The gay”?  That if we associate with homeless people, we’ll end up like them?  No, what it really is that folks like this make us uncomfortable.  People on the margins need to know that God loves them just as much as anyone else and the only way they’re going to know that is if we tell them.  We can’t do that if we give into this fear of being uncomfortable.  Staying in our comfort zone causes us to act in very unChristlike ways.  When he was here, the people Jesus spent the most time with were the ones on the margins of society and not the overtly religious ones.  Usually, when he did interact with religious folks, they didn’t come off very well.  Why is that?  Because, they’d forgotten the spirit of the Law.  Namely, that we are our brother’s (and sister’s) keeper.  And, it makes no difference who that brother or sister is, what they do, or who they’re attracted to.