This video shows a brutal beating of a gay man. No real words can describe what I feel when I watch things (hear about things) like this. Though, in trying to sum it all up in two words: disgustingly inhumane.
This morning, Dave Roberts, from “Ex-Gay Watch”, posted this video on his blog. He adds this commentary to it:
How many times will we now read from anti-gays how, oh, of course this is not tolerable, this is awful, but…
If you work against the rights of gays and lesbians to live the same life that anyone else is afforded, then YOU are the only thing wrong with being gay. Hate has been overcome before, it will be again.
Dave is exactly right. This is yet another thing that the Church has kept silent about for far too long. Despite our differing views, we must all agree on this: hate crimes are wrong – no matter who they target! It should not matter if the person is straight or gay, the Church MUST start standing up for the protection of those who suffer hate crimes day after day.
It’s Biblical to do so.
1 The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me,
because the LORD has anointed me
to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners, [a]2 to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the LORD
for the display of his splendor.
25On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”26“What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”
28“You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”
29But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
30In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him. 35The next day he took out two silver coins[c] and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’
36“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”
37The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”
Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
20If anyone says, “I love God,” yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. 21And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.
This is not a political issue, this is a moral issue. If Jesus were here today, viewing these things, He would put a stop to it – I’m sure of it. The things is, His presence is here. His body is here – the Church. So, then, let us start being His Body and start bringing justice to those who are oppressed.