Speaking Honestly About Hate and Faith

For some reason the terrorist attack in Orlando, Florida has ushered in a mood of speaking honestly about what is happening in America. This incident took place shortly after a Republican Senator dragged out the old pejorative Psalm 109 to direct hatred towards our President. Don’t forget the name of David Perdue, especially if you live in Georgia. He asked for prayers to kill President Obama last week. Apparently he believes, like many other evangelical Christians, that you can ask God to kill someone and afflict him with other misfortunes with some reasonable hope that God will follow through and do it.

Unpacking this idea from a Christian perspective leads me to one very important fact: there is no such thing as Old Testament Christianity. Many people, most of them primitive evangelicals, live in terror of all the threats of the Old Testament and transpose them into Christianity. But they do not apply. Christians believe that the nature of God is perfect, righteous, unconditional love. We can ask legitimately if a loving God would randomly kill people because some deranged religious fanatic asked him to.

If that were true, it would make God a monster that no one can worship. But this thought process has not yet taken place in the evangelical Church, and they continue to ask God to hurt and kill people, along with their belierfs that natural catastrophes are God’s punishment on human beings who fall short of his teachings somehow.

In order to understand the absurdity of this you need only take the ideas in the Book of Leviticus seriously. Several years ago an author, whom I have been unable to identify, wrote an article called, “Letter to Doctor Laura,” in which he posited what that would be like. Here are some quotes:

“Leviticus 25:44 states that I may indeed possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can’t I own Canadians?

“Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Leviticus 19:27. How should they die?

“Thank you again for reminding us that God’s word is eternal and unchanging.”

So that brings us back to Senator David Perdue. It is time for me to tell him one of my favorite jokes. For the sake of brevity I will make it much shorter, but it revolves around a man who hates his neighbor and prays constantly for God to send him misfortune and death. Eventually the man dies and he picks an argument about it with St. Peter at the Pearly Gates. Why didn’t God answer his prayer? St. Peter’s reply is concise and I hope it will stay with you. Switching to Perdue and the issue at hand, the answer is very simple.

God doesn’t listen to jerks.

Nor does God listen to the anti-gay preachers who are seeking their fifteen minutes of fame over the dead bodies of the Pulse patrons who were shot in a terrorist rampage. They will be remembered with sewage dripping from their lips – the filth that they got from a church that is obsessed with sex and full of rage. I will never see them any other way, nor the pretty Duggar daughters who smear the sewage of homophobia over their faces so that they look more like their father.

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