To the editor:
Mr. Hodel (“Disappointed by Pride Celebrations”) is entitled to his views. I’d like to add some perspective.
First, of course, is the fact that the Bible is extremely complex and prone to unrecognized errors of emphasis. The Bible condemns as “abominations” just about everything people do: excessive concern for material things (for the love of money is the root of all evil), adultery, lust, pride, arrogance, angry thoughts. Yet the second-greatest commandment is still, “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” Mr. Hodel’s harping on gays suggests he should remove the log from his own eye before proceeding further.
Most Christians have the humility to recognize the difficulties of biblical interpretation. They do the best they can and grant others the same right of “best guess” as to what it all means. But others do not.
Mr. Hodel has no idea how this all shakes out in God’s view. His claim to know the mind of God is little short of blasphemous and is a direct attack on the views of Christians who see gay people as part of God’s creation, to be loved as much as any other.
The best foundation for a child is a loving family. Conservative Christians stand out for their unstable families. According to the Pew Research Center, divorce is far more prevalent in evangelical Protestant homes than any other group. Matthew 7:15-20, “So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit.” Perhaps evangelicals need help finding healthier spiritual guidance.
The best foundation for a child is a loving community. We don’t know why conservative Christians are enamored of an “anointed” president whose trademarks are sadism (Matthew 5:7), lies (35 verses on lying plus another 22 on bearing false witness — including the ninth commandment), and spreading discord among brothers (Proverbs 6:14,19). Indeed, we find in Proverbs 17:15 that “he who justifies the wicked” is “an abomination to the Lord.”
The reasons for adopting such an unhealthy, ungodly lifestyle vary, but their condition can be repaired.