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Christians Aren't Bigots, Just the People Who Claim They Are

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Earlier, I wrote a post defending Hollywood actor Chris Pratt who had, once again, come under fire from the intolerant left for being, what amounts to, an everyday American.

Chris Pratt is a hardworking man who, when not being an actor, is working on his own farm raising livestock. He’s a God-fearing man who respects the country that allowed him to have the opportunities that he does and teaches his children these important values as well.

This is all unforgivable to the hard-left on the internet. They’ve been letting me know it all day too. I summed up what my mentions have looked like for hours now.

The hilarious part of all the anger toward Pratt has to do with his “bigotry,” and “intolerance” toward the LGBT community. The word “homophobic” has been thrown around so much in my mentions today that I’ve lost count.

If there’s one thing I learned it’s that attempting to reason with these online outrage brigades is a fool’s errand. I’ll let them rant and rage all they want. It literally has no effect on me except to increase my internet clout.

But I can talk to you superbly intelligent and, might I say, good looking folks who subscribe to the VIP section of RedState and stop us from having to fully rely on Google ads.

They call Pratt a homophobe because of his Christianity and the fact that he attends a Christian church regularly. A church, they say, which promoted homosexual conversion therapy and rejects anyone from the LGBT community. This is untrue as Pratt himself made clear according to the BBC:

“It has recently been suggested that I belong to a church which ‘hates a certain group of people’ and is ‘infamously anti-LGBTQ.’ Nothing could be further from the truth.

“I go to a church that opens their doors to absolutely everyone.”

Page, who is known for her roles in Juno and Inception, later tweeted again to say: “If you are a famous actor and you belong to an organisation that hates a certain group of people, don’t be surprised if someone simply wonders why it’s not addressed.”

Pratt said that “despite what the Bible says about divorce,” his church was “there for me every step of the way” during his marriage split from actress Anna Faris, and that it provides “love and support” regardless of “sexual orientation, race or gender”.

Pratt said he is not a “spokesman for any church” and that “we need less hate in this world, not more. I am a man who believes that everyone is entitled to love who they want free from the judgment of their fellow man”.

The actor, who is reprising his voice role as Emmet in Lego Movie 2, concluded: “Jesus said, ‘I give you a new command, love one another’.”

There’s a nuance here that the hard-left and too many atheists don’t seem to understand. Two things can be true at the same time.

A Christian can believe that homosexuality is wrong and that the lifestyle should not be engaged in. They can also love anyone who is LGBT as they would love anyone else. The rejection isn’t of the person, it’s of the action. As Pratt said, we are commanded by Christ to love one another. While Christ makes it clear that we’re not to engage in sinful behaviors ourselves, loving the person while rejecting the sin can happen simultaneously.

We, as Christians, do not make the sin and the person the same entity. They are separate things. A person may choose to reject his sin and ask Christ to take it from him. When Christ does, the entire person isn’t scrapped.

This makes Christians a rather friendly group who rejects the idea of hatred of an individual based on their sins. Christians reject homosexuality in the same way they reject thievery, lying, and adultery. At some point, everyone sins, and everyone, if asked, is forgiven. The vast majority of Christians still have homosexual friends while not condoning or participating in the lifestyle.

The hard-left doesn’t seem to have this ability to disagree or reject a lifestyle while still maintaining a friendship or loving the person while not participating in the idea they oppose. To them, being a Christian is intolerable and thus must not only be rejected, but anyone who is one must be canceled.

No idea can thrive but theirs. So they let their hatreds and intolerances run wild. They make false claims about individuals or institutions, accuse of their opponents of pure evil, and destroy the lives of whoever they can if they keep to it. Even if they don’t just being friendly with someone who believes in Christianity may get you canceled as well.

The real bigots here aren’t the Christians…it’s the hard left.