What do you think the answer is to the following riddle? What do you get when you mix Oprah Winfrey interviewing Pastor TD Jakes (megapastor of the 30,000 member Potter’s house in Texas), with asking the questions, “Do you think being gay is a sin and would you say that everyone is embraced in your church.” Well in our day an age you allegedly get a hate crime.
Appearing on Oprah’s Next Chapter in April of 2012, Oprah interviewed the influential pastor. In responding to those enviable questions in our hateophobic climate (extreme fear of being classified as hateful) Jakes was labeled as an extreme hateful homophobe. In our culture right now the acid test of whether you are full of hate is heading toward how you think on the issue of homosexuality and same sex marriages.
Jakes did his best to communicate that he isn’t anti-gay, he loves everyone, and he isn’t a hate filled bigot. Here are some of his responses.
“The perception in our society today is that if you don’t say you’re for same-sex marriage or if you say that homosexuality is a sin that you’re homophobic and you’re not for gay people. That’s not true… It doesn’t mean I have to agree with you to love you.”
“I think that sex between two people of the same sex is condemned in the Scriptures, and as long as it is condemned in the Scriptures, I don’t get tot say what I think. I get to say what the Bible says.”
Well those kind of answers were not good enough to distance himself from being considered full of hate. One writer, Austin Cline, who seems to believe that any disagreement with same sex marriage or homosexuality is hate commented, “There is no way to say “I don’t agree with homosexuality’ that doesn’t end up being bigoted, hateful, and homophobic” (wow, did you get that). This writer further commented, “So why do people like Oprah continue to give bigots like T.D. Jakes a platform to promote their hate?” In case you didn’t get what he is saying, if you disagree with gay marriage or homosexuality you are automatically full of hate and a bigot.
Another writer, Rich Juzwiak writing in Gawker leads with the title “Anti-Gay Pastor Doesn’t Want to Be Known For Being Anti-Gay.” In responding to Jake’s idea that he doesn’t have to agree with homosexuality to love homosexuals Juzwiaki said something incredible (be prepared not to fall out of your chair). “Actually, you do, because when you “disagree” with gay people, you are disagreeing with something that is fundamental to their existence: how they love…Jakes is picking and choosing what Biblical teachings to adhere to…Jakes’ “love” for homosexuals is worthless.”
I have a big concern right now about the cultural fear of hate right now. Not so much for the culture at large but how “Christians” respond to it. Out of a fear of not wanting to appear hateful like legitimate haters Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist bunch (who seem to hate everyone who doesn’t agree with them), Christians go to the other extreme. They end up ignoring what God has said in order not to appear hateful. They simply hide their beliefs and keep their mouths shut in order to avoid the stigma.
Disagreement with sexual practice is the new definition of hate
If disagreement with someone’s sexual practice is the definition of hate then we will have to consider other issues in the media recently. How about the polygamous Joe Darger and his three wives who recently appeared on talk shows (April 2012) discussing their new book “Love Times Three: Our True Story of a Polygamous Marriage.”
In 2004, polyamory advocate Jasmine Walston stated, “We’re where the gay rights movement was 30 years ago.” Just five years later, Newsweek featured an article entitled, “Polyamory: The Next Sexual Revolution,” stating, “traditionalists had better get used to it.” The story reported that, “Researchers are just beginning to study the phenomenon, but the few who do estimate that openly polyamorous families in the United States number more than half a million, with thriving contingents in nearly every major city.”
Is it, or will it soon be considered hateful to disagree with Polygamy?
What about Columbia University professor David Epstein who was charged in 2010 with carrying on a three-year affair with his biological adult daughter. In defense Epstein’s lawyer, gave comment to ABCNews.com: “It’s OK for homosexuals to do whatever they want in their own home…how is this so different? We have to figure out why some behavior is tolerated and some is not.”
Epstein finally pled guilty to misdemeanor Incest in June 2011, and at last check is still a professor at Columbia. Was the government full of hate by not only saying he was wrong for what he did but also legally charging him with it.
Is it, or will it soon be considered hateful to disagree with incest?
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