Christian Response to LGBT 'Bathroom Bullies'? Listen, Share the Gospel
Two faith leaders discussed "Bullies, Bathrooms, and Big Brother" on Saturday at the Faith and Freedom Coalition's Road to Majority conference. Speaking about the intractability of the LGBT movement, a pastor and a former pastor emphasized the importance of Christians being involved in government, listening to their would-be opponents, and articulating a compelling biblical worldview.
Jason Jimenez, a former pastor and founder of Stand Strong Ministries, joined Jimmy Siebert, the president of Antioch Ministries International and pastor at Antioch Community Church in Waco, TX. Jimenez and Siebert presented strategies to explain a Christian worldview and to defend religious freedom against what they called the bullying of activists in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender movement.
Christians need to educate themselves on philosophy, listen to and engage with those who disagree, and make their presence known in government. Jimenez and Siebert explained that this approach would be more effective than direct confrontation or disagreement.
While these pastors spoke about the Christian response to the LGBT movement, the best explanation of why believers feel unfairly targeted came from a questioner in the audience. Melissa Ortiz, founder of the disabled advocacy organization Able Americans, explained that she and her husband were one of only three straight couples in their neighborhood in Washington, D.C. She recalled a situation from the presidential primary.
I had a Ted Cruz sign on the back of my chair and the smaller of the two men came up and spat on me, and said, "I will never vote for him because he hates people like me." My answer to that was to say, "Have you ever talked to him?" He looked at me and said, "you believe that Jesus Christ is your personal savior, don't you?" And I said, "Yes, I do." He didn't know what to do with that.
Ortiz later told PJ Media the story of how she met Cruz and why she believed in his campaign. While other candidates (most notably Donald Trump) had treated her with disgust because of her disabled condition, Cruz spoke with her, petted her disability assistance dog, and even told stories about her canine on the campaign trail. All of this was lost on her gay neighbors, who could not stomach the idea of anyone supporting the Texas senator.
Jimenez shared his experience in the city of Charlotte, North Carolina. The city passed a non-discrimination ordinance in 2014, and Jimenez attended a rally with LGBT activists. He explained that there are three major tactics they use.
The activists "trash you -- I am automatically discriminatory." Then they hijack your morality, arguing that civil rights law protects a wide variety of behaviors that transgress your community's rights. Finally, they tell a story about the situation that makes you out to be the bad guy and their movement to be the hero.
"But these bullies — what are they doing?" Jimenez asked. "They’re doing everything they say we’re doing. They’re the ones who are discriminatory, segregating, et cetera."
Jimenez insisted that Christians do not stoop to their level. "Bullies defame you and name-call," he declared. "You cannot fall for that. Jesus didn't name-call, Paul didn't name-call." The former pastor urged his fellow Christians "in these conversations, rather than go against or go with that they're saying, don't defame back."
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