Recently I posted a status on Facebook that suggested the Christians should be more concerned with the 18,000 kids that starve to death every day than with fighting gay marriage.
Hoo boy. I got hammered. Christians, it would seem - at least by the FB response - believe that God hates homosexuality, but doesn't mind starving kids.
Obviously, this is lunacy, and I'm sure it doesn't represent the views of most American Christians, but it's still kind of stunning.
Stunning because it flies in the face of something Jesus said. Something about removing the 2 x 4 from our own eye before bugging someone else about the bit of dirt in his.
I'm not saying that God approves of homosexuality. Like adultery, it's a sin.
But from what I understand, all Christians are living in the squalor of sin, every day. We fight it, and fail. We fight harder, and fall further.
Most of us aren't gay.
Many of us are adulterers, by Jesus' definition.
And nearly all of us cheerfully adopt the devil's favorite sin, the sin of pride.
It's pride that allows us to sit in judgement of gays, and look down on them, hating them as God's little hired assassins (for did not Jesus say that he who hates his brother is a murderer?).
But the sin of the gay or lesbian is a sin of the flesh. Something like gluttony.
And our pride is a sin of the soul. What is it they say? Beauty is skin=deep, but ugly goes clear down to the bone?
God help us.