Venom

So Today I was at home and I was not watching the view, but it happened to be on.  And I overheard what was being talked about.  They started out talking about the Ted Haggard controversy.  And Rosie ( a  lesbian) was cheering and celebrating the fact that he messed up.  And Joy, who I don’t know what her life is all about, joined in on the party. 

I just don’t understand how anyone can have that much venom in their hearts.  I just don’t understand how people can just attack people like that.  It breaks my heart because I know that Rosie’s statements were a response to how she felt Haggard was talking about her.  And that breaks my heart to hear. 

I agree with Haggard that Marriage is for a man and a woman and that homosexuality is a sin.  And it breaks my heart that a man like Haggard may have been fighting so hard because of the battle within is own soul.  But if christians are only seen as venomous trash talkers than whenever someone falls we can only expect venom back.

I take these attacks personally because while I don’t know Ted Haggard he is my brother in Christ and I want him to find the grace and restoration that only Jesus can bring, and when people attack him, in essence they are attacking us, they are attacking me.  It hurts. 

I guess all I can really do is love people.  Tell the truth, but love them.  What I don’t want to see is Christians celebrating when a known sinner suffers.  What if Rosie came down with non-operable cancer and she was going to die.  We should not say, “HA! You’re getting what you deserve.” Because the only reason we don’t get what we deserve is because of the Grace of Jesus.  And we need to remember that!

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5 thoughts on “Venom

  1. i was watching a show (one to embarassing to mention!) and a guy with AIDS was dying and was telling his friends about it. a lady overheard this and told him that that was exactly what he deserved and that this was God’s way of punishing him. then a friend of the man spoke up and said that if God handed out STD’s for sinning then we would ALL be at the free clinic ALL of the time. i am inclined to agree with this. we all sin, we all have issues. i think the key is to remember that we are all on the same side, we need to remember that we are here in life one another up and not push them down. Rosie apparently has no one to lift her up, i just feel sorry for her.

  2. Rosie and Ted are both filthy sinners (we all are). And they both need to run to the altar and be washed in the blood. The problem is that Ted, as a Christian, has claimed to be washed clean by the blood of the Lamb. Rosie has made no much claim and can not be judged within the body of Christ. Ted has abused and polluted the precious blood. I believe that he should be forgiven, but not before he is chastized by his brothers and sisters in Christ. I know that when my biological brother does something stupid (let alone hypocritical and ungodly) I rebuke him. Sometimes gently, sometimes harshly. We need to love the unsaved homosexuals, prostitutes (male and female), and other unsaved people with the love of Christ. It’s not easy but it’s what we’ve been called to do.

  3. One of the nicest guys I have ever know is a gay man who I used to work with. I was helping him do a return on items that a church group had rented, and the people returning it were mean, disorganized, and had damaged/lost pieces of the rental. Sadly, this was the case with most of the church groups that rented things from us. And after they walked away, my friend turned to me and said,”I hate Christians.” Up until that point, I hadn’t mentioned my religion because I just felt I needed to get to know him better. So I looked at him, smiled, and said, “Oh, but Scott, >Iyou

  4. Hey, I killed the last of my post… nice…!

    All I said was ‘Oh, but I love you.’ And it made him stop and stare, because he never would have dreamed I was a Christian. He was expecting hate and disregard, not a friend who loved him and cared about him. Anyway, all I was getting at is that we as Christians have to be careful, because the only way to help stop the hate and venom directed at us is to stop spewing it ourselves. (I’m not saying tell them their lifestyle is ok, but tell them that THEY are ok.) Oh, and Scott’s still my buddy, I go back and visit him sometimes. : )

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