A country that has redefined “bigot” to be anyone that disagrees with someone’s life choices, America needs to look good and hard at what ISIS has been doing through the Middle East. As we bring Christians one-by-one into the spotlight and ask them about their beliefs on sexuality, already knowing the answer they’ll give, and berate them for being so inhuman, so unloving, so intolerant, our fellow humans in ISIS are dragging gay men out of their homes and dropping them off rooftops, stoning them to death, and killing them in horrible ways.
The times that I have been called a bigot are countless. Called so for my faith. Called so because I disagree, silently and vocally, with someone’s life choices. To not see this word used against those that are dropping gay men off rooftops but instead against those that disagree, without even considering violence, shows how ass backwards our country, our media, our fellow men and women have gotten.
A Christian disagrees because he loves you and doesn’t want you to continue on a path he knows leads to Hell. To quote Penn Jillette, reknown atheist:
If you believe that there’s a heaven and hell and people could be going to hell—or not getting eternal life or whatever—and you think that, well, it’s not really worth telling them this because it would make it socially awkward. . . . How much do you have to hate somebody to not proselytize? How much do you have to hate somebody to believe that everlasting life is possible and not tell them that?
This is how the Christian thinks, how the Christian lives. While many in America are getting more and more hostile towards us. While it is becoming more and more unpopular to share our faith. While we know that our livelihood is on the line, we share our faith because we believe that, through Christ, eternal life can be had. To not share that would be hate. I would die to see a gay man come to Christ.
But these radical Muslims of ISIS are killing everyone that disagree with them and doing so without shame. They are taking gay men to the rooftops and dropping them to their deaths in front of an adorning crowd below. They are chopping the heads off of Christians and Muslims that don’t agree with them. And while doing so, they are documenting it all on video and in photos and sharing it online.
I have seen ISIS called many things in the media, but it seems that one word is reserved for Christians alone: bigot.