We Are Better Than Donald Trump

That’s really all I wanted to say. I wanted to remind all of you that we are better than than this. We are better than fear. We are better than hatred. We are better than bigotry. We are better than Donald trump.


We are so much better than this. (Photo by Paul Morigi/WireImage)

That’s really all I wanted to say. This is my shortest blog ever. It’s already done. We are better than this America… We are better than this humanity. We are better than this. That’s good news! Even my daughter knows that… And she’s 11. Yesterday she said, “Donald Trump has some messed up ideas.” If an 11 year old can figure this out, the rest of us should be able to…

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16 Things Refugees Are Like…

You guys–You are aware this stuff is being recorded, right? Seriously. Very few things on the internet ever actually disappear. And someday our kids or our grandkids are going to see the crazy, fear-filled, inaccurate shit you’ve been typing into your computers and cell phones… and they are going to be so ashamed. They are going to look at pictures of the things you wrote the same way we look at pictures like this…
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A couple of days ago I wrote a post titled “I’ll Take Some Syrian Refugees At My House.” There were a whole lot of other Christian voices who expressed dismay at the fear-mongering that was going on with regards to the United States helping take in Syrian refugees. All this fear and exclusion and misinformation is just so clearly the exact opposite of everything that Jesus stands for… To me, at least. Turns out there are just TONS of Christians who are very offended that people would challenge support of the dozens of Governors who have said their states won’t be accepting any Syrian refugees. Vox made a really nice map right here
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See if you see any similarities with this map of republican governors…
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Of course, none of this really matters, because they legally CAN’T refuse refugees. It was just a loud and symbolic “You aren’t welcome here.” It is frightening to see how near perfectly people are splitting down party lines around this issue. For a while now, Donald Trump has been at the top of the polls for republican presidential candidate–even among “evangelical Christians”–and that has been strange news to many Christians, because most of the people they know were not very vocal about their support… Well, if you’re wondering where all of those Donald Trump supporters were at, I think they all came out of hiding.

There are hundreds of thousands of people fleeing violence and civil war in Syria and looking for a safe place to live, and one terrorist attack in Paris has got almost half the people in a country on the other side of the planet scared to death of a group of mostly women and children who are trying to escape war. And if you don’t think that racism is a part of this, you are nuts. If this was a group of people from Norway fleeing violence, we would welcome them with open arms, and credit our right actions to this myth that the USA is a “Christian Nation.” But it IS racism. It is xenophobia, it is Islamophobia, and it is disgusting. To me, at least… It’s disgusting TO ME. I should clarify, because many, MANY people don’t see this as disgusting… They see it as common sense. I guess they picture the process of bringing Syrian refugees to this country as us going to Europe, waving people onto a bus, putting them on a plane, and dropping them off in YOUR GATED COMMUNITY… Even though the actual process of vetting refugees takes anywhere from 18 months to three years, and is THE most intense and thorough vetting process for coming here.

And as they make a common sense case for their position, they are using many… interesting… analogies to make comparisons to taking in refugees. Here are a few on my favorites. The first one is from a comment on my most recent blog post.
Letting Refugees come here would be like…

1. Sending your daughter out to play with a dangerous Pitt Bull.

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1) They are vetted. 2) No one is telling you that you have to invite them into your home. 3) You probably should follow up “I too am a Christian” with comparing people to dogs.

This got me thinking about finding other Refugee Comparisons, and I considered scouring the interwebs for examples, but instead I found a goldmine of analogies in the comments section of one of my writing heroes: Jen Hatmaker. She is–as far as I can tell–just a shining example of love and rationality and faith and action and honesty, and there are few people I feel “get it” with regards to this thing we call Christianity quite as well as she does. She has such a balanced way of approaching how following Jesus plays out in real life, that she really has deftly transcended a political, conservative/liberal divide that is very difficult to do. If you don’t follow her or read her stuff, you really should. It’s about 1000x better than any of the swill that I put out. Anyway, a couple of days ago, she posted on Facebook that she was “ashamed” of governor Greg Abbott’s call to keep Syrian refugees out of Texas. She wrote that his “position is supported by fear-mongering that doesn’t just fly in the face of Christianity but of basic humanity.” You can read her whole status HERE (as well as the 1000’s of responses, if you’d like).

Minutes later, she was what can only be described as “Dixie-Chicked.”

Her page was inundated with comments from people who felt betrayed by her heart-felt, emotional response to an action that–to her–felt very clearly antithetical to the very heart of what Jesus was about. The next day, she posted this amazing piece of honesty and hurt and struggle and life…

And this is where my list of Refugee Comparisons continues. These comparisons are all screen shots of comments of of Jen Hatmaker’s posts.
Letting Refugees come here would be like…

2. Welcoming a wolf in sheep’s clothing.


I thought some of those kids sleeping on the cement road looked like they had some really big eyes… and Ears… And TEETH!!! Shit, it’s too late…

3. Letting your daughter play with poisonous snakes and child molesters.

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“Stop trying to trick us with Jesus’ actual words, Jen!”

4. Playing Russian Roulette with poisonous grapes.

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Tell you what: I will give you everything I own if I can’t tell you who you DIDN’T vote for in the last presidential election…

5. Setting us all up to be put in cages, set on fire, and decapitated.


The more exclamation points, question marks, and CAPS LOCKS a person has, the more serious they are.

6. Having a nice dinner… WITH SATAN!!!!!!!!!!!!


No. Well, probably not… Did he bring wine?

7. Letting in the Trojan Horse. 

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They used to call me “The Trojan Horse” in college. No they didn’t…

Ahh, yes… Trojan horse. This has been their plan all along. Start a war, send a million refugees out into Europe, hope for liberal Christian bloggers to inflict their guilt on the masses, go through the two year vetting process, start a sleeper cell, connect with the head if ISIS in America (Obama)… All to blow up a Whole Foods.

And this one even comes with its own meme…


Dr. Brown is not a big fan of mine. :)

8. Taking in a horde of murderous homeless people.

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There were quite a few about the dangerous homeless.

9. Picking up homeless hitchhiker felons.

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Mamby Pamby?

10. Taking in homeless pedophiles next to your children. 

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When I think “refugee,” I usually think “Homeless pedophile.”

11. Welcoming urine-throwing, syphilis-ridden food snobs into the neighborhood.

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Literally the LAST thing we need…

12. Basically committing suicide. 

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He loved so I don’t have to.

13. Giving a Muslim you daughter’s hand… Or WORSE!

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Not sure if she’s referring to her daughters head or her vagina. Or which one would be worse…

14. Giving room and board to hate crime rapists. 

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I literally can’t even.

15. Losing your blog, apparently because you can’t see it through your new mandatory hijab.

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These 10,000 or so Syrian Refugees must be very powerful politically to have enforced Sharia Law. In Texas.

16. Laying down your life like a stupid martyr who was bitten by a snake while committing suicide by walking into traffic… Plus some stuff about stop signs, door locks, and child molesters.

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Just trying to cover all the bases.


So there you have it. There were many more. Some folks posted some good old fashioned “Thanks Obama”s in comment form…

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“Christian businessmen are persecuted.” Whiteout any sense of irony…

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The flag Emoji was a nice touch.

Some folks had other ideas of ways to love them. Like an idea I like to call “The Bette Midler” (from a distance).

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From a distance you look like my friend… But up close you look like a rapist.

Or whatever the sweet hell this was…

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Not positive, but I think a crime was committed here…

Others took a very “Take care of our own” point of view.

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But what do we do when EVERYONE starts feeling like “our own?”

A lot of people seemed suddenly concerned with the plight of homeless vets…
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Again, this one came with its own meme:
Leading this guy to post this awesome tweet:

An overwhelming number of comments referred to how God gave us brains for a reason, and we had to use “discernment.” Like this one:
Discernment.pngAll of a sudden, conservative Christians are interested in using their brains! I kid, I kid… But isn’t it interesting that when something in the Bible doesn’t line up with your worldview, all of the sudden scripture becomes a lot less “clear” and we have to start using “discernment.” It’s interesting to me too…

I should mention that there were a sea of positive, supportive, and encouraging comments as well. You didn’t even have to look hard for them. Even in these times, when it seems like there in no hope to bring people together with anything close to rational discussion, you can’t hide from the fact that there are awesome people everywhere. Here are a few:


Everyone gets scared.

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Me too…

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And this beauty…

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Anyway, I hope this wasn’t too offensive. I have to have fun with it… If I don’t, I will just cry all day long. Thanks today to my newest Patron, the lovely and effervescent and amazingly kind August James. I feel so blessed to have people like her in my life.


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I’ll Take Some Syrian Refugees At My House.

Hi. My name is Chris. I’m a Christian… and I realize that word carries with it a whole lot of baggage–probably more negative than positive, unfortunately. When people ask me if I’m a Christian (it happens every once in a while), I feel like I’ve got to explain what I mean when I say that. Because for a lot of people, that word–“Christian”–has come to mean anti-Muslim, pro-gun, anti-science, pro-war, anti-immigrant, pro-death penalty, anti-gay, and a litany of other things that have nothing at all to do with Jesus. But yeah… I love Jesus, and I believe he is the best example we have of the heart and nature of God. I sometimes swear. I enjoy bourbon. I don’t believe that God is the sort of being who sends people to a place called hell to be tortured for a billion years. I do believe we are all loved by a God who really wants us to know him (though God is not a gender). And to be good to each other. And to ourselves. And to creation.


That word is “Christian.”

A few days ago, some really misled and demented people killed some people in France. This tragedy has really affected a whole lot of people here in the United States… Though, for whatever reason, when tragedies like the one that happened in Paris have happened in other places around the world, we have not been nearly as affected. For a pretty extended period of time, there was a bombing/shooting that killed 20+ people just about every day in Iraq… But I didn’t see anyone change their Facebook profile pictures to the colors of the Iraqi flag. Now everybody is best buds with France… Though I seem to remember a lot of these people eating “Freedom Fries” back when France voted against going to war with Iraq… Which is interesting.


One of the dumbest things ever.

Anyway, in Europe right now (and for the past several months) they have been dealing with a giant group of refugees who are fleeing a civil war in Syria and economic conflicts as well.  Germany has been the most welcoming of the European countries to the Syrians, Iraqis and Afghans looking for a safe place to live and work–taking in what could be almost a million refugees. And Iceland (one of the most atheistic countries in the world) has had over 11,000 people offer their own homes for the refugees to stay in. But whenever a tragedy like the one in Paris happens, people look for someone to blame. And usually they end up finding someone to fear. And hate. So when the explosions rang out in the streets of Paris and the gunshots ended the lives of so many, many of the fingers of blame landed (as they so often do) on the immigrant population.


Everything that is awesome about Twitter. Right here.

Now European countries (including Germany) are closing their borders, and the sea of people (who are fleeing the very same sort of people who carried out this awful crime) are left with nowhere to go. Meanwhile, here in the US, there are a whole lot of politicians trying to pass legislation to keep Syrian refugees out of their states. Now, I know that (as Rob Bell says) “The word Christian is a great noun and a terrible adjective” (or something thereabouts), but I have to say this as clearly as I can say it: Turning away immigrants and refugees who are in need of help is about as “un-Christian” a thing as someone can do. That is actually what the Bible is talking about when it talks about “the sin of Sodom.” If you are one of the millions of “Christians” in this country who are calling for a ban on refugees (many of whom happen to be Muslims) because you are afraid that some “ISIS people” might slip through, you may call yourself a Christian, but you are acting nothing like Jesus. Nothing. You are letting fear keep you from loving people… But you know what? Perfect love casts out fear. Here’s an awesome video that has a lot to do with what I’m talking about….

So here’s the deal. I haven’t talked to my wife about this yet, but I’m willing to bet I can talk her into it. We don’t have a big house… There are five people living in a 1200 sq. ft. home, so we don’t have a whole lot of room. But we have a futon! I would be more than happy to share our tiny home for a time with some Syrian refugees. If the word “Christian” starts meaning “KEEP OUT!” instead of “How can I help?” then that word isn’t worth a shit. And if that’s how it’s going to be, I would rather stand with the atheistic Icelanders than the “Christian” Americans any day of the week. And twice on Sunday. And if you agree, maybe share this post. Oh Church… let us start living and loving like the Christ we claim to follow.

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Prayers For Paris, and Prayers For Our Hearts

Oh Paris...

Oh Paris…

Like many of you, I have had tears in my eyes all night. I have been watching the stories come in about these murders in Paris, and just like everyone else, my heart is breaking. It breaks for the families of all those people who lost their lives today. It breaks for all the ones who are injured and hurt and fighting for their lives. It breaks for the people around the world who have grown accustomed to being blamed for acts of terrorism because a perversion of their faith continues to lead a demented few to carry out horrible acts of violence. And it breaks for all the people around the world who are allowing this evil to seep into their soul and make them a little more filled with fear than they were the day before.

Already people are beginning to blame Syrian refugees and immigrants for what happened today… And this sort of thing is tragically predictable. The tendency is to let something like this push people further into fear and hatred of “The Other.” Immediately people begin pointing fingers. And asking the question “Who is to BLAME for this?” But I don’t believe that the blame lies nearly as much in the “Who” as it does in the “What.” WHAT is to blame for this? And the answer is fear. And hatred. The blame is not on a culture or a heritage or a religion… The blame is on an ideology of separation. One that constantly pits Us versus Them. It is a disease, and if we’re not careful, we can catch that disease through the pain of watching all this suffering at the hands of people committed to spreading their toxic ideology of separation.

Je suis paris. Je suis l'humanité.

Je suis Paris. Je suis l’humanité.

Because when we line up with fear and hatred for The Other, we line up along side of the very sorts of people who committed these terrible crimes. There are two ways this can go: We can let it fuel our suspicion and fear and hatred of The Other, or we can let this solidify our solidarity against the kind of suspicion and fear and hatred that leads to tragedies like this happening. When we react with the same fear and hatred that caused this violence, we embrace their ideology. We fight on the same side as the ones killing people in theaters. Because there is a fight… But this is not a fight against Islam. This fight is against the very idea that some members of humanity don’t deserve to live. This is a fight against hatred. It is a fight against darkness. And the only way to fight hatred is with love. The only way to fight darkness is with light.

The fight is not against Islam.

The fight is not against Islam.

And all over social media, people are writing “Pray For Paris” (and “Pray For Japan” because of an earthquake that got overshadowed by the tragedy in Paris today). And those prayers are fine and good. People are asking God to be “with” the many people who are hurting all over the world in a special way today. We all have differing understandings of what happens when we pray… I happen to be a person who believes that God is always with us. He celebrates with us in the good times, and he grieves with us on days like today. So it always hits my ears a little weirdly when people ask God to “be with” people… As if he’s ever not.

But if you’re the praying type, here are some other things to pray for: Pray that these acts of separation and violence do not lead us to embrace an ideology of separation and violence. Pray for the millions and millions of peaceful Muslims all over the world, who–every time these maniacs do something like this–have to deal with a whole new round of ignorance and prejudice. Pray for the Christians whose fear and hatred could easily lead them into being the same sort of maniac. Pray for your own heart–That it might be even more like the heart of God… One that loves its enemies. Pray that we all understand the God IS with us… And when it feels like he is nowhere to be found, God is with us when we are there for each other.

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Photo by Christian Hartmann/Reuters… “God is with us when we are there for each other.”

So in this moment of sadness and cynicism and terror and tears, let us not fan the flames of fear. Let us not start pointing fingers before the investigation is completed. Let us not allow this tragedy to separate us even more into “Us versus Them.” Into tribes. But let us proclaim–with our words and our lives–that even in this dark time, love is stronger than hate. And the darkness is no match for the light… Even when things seem so very dark.

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Ten Things You Could Have Done, Officer Fields, Instead of Choke Slam a 15-Year Old–As Written By Someone With Extensive Experience in Children Not Doing What They Are Asked

The following was written by Marie Cushing, a teacher in Memphis, TN’s Achievement School District. She has worked for Teach For America, and she is a gifted writer, educator, and communicator. It is reposted here with her permission….

This is not the archetype for a School Resource Officer...

This is not the archetype for a School Resource Officer…

  1. Ask her to leave the room in a way that preserves her dignity. She is trying to save face with her peers. Make it casual. “Come with me real quick to talk about what’s bothering you. Let’s go grab a drink of water. Let’s go walk around the school building to calm down.”
  2. Give her choices. “We can walk out together or you can meet me in the hallway in ten seconds. You can go sit over in this other part of the classroom so we can talk or you can talk with me in the hall.”
  3. Ground yourself in empathy. Remember how difficult it was for you to be 15, then take away all the privileges you had as a young white man. “I can tell things must be difficult for you right now, and I want to help you be successful in school, so let’s go have a conversation about what I can do to help you get on track.” Use your authority for good.
  4. Let a friend come with her so she can talk it out. I know she has friends in the class – you know Niya, the one you arrested for videotaping you? She would have been a great choice!
  5. Ask a teacher she has a bond with come talk to her. Don’t be so full of yourself to think you are the only one who can help her.
  6. Evacuate. Every teacher working in communities where children are dealing with chronic stress knows how to evacuate a room. If you don’t want to leave, and you are on the verge of a break down, then everyone else rolls out to the hallway and we learn out there – instruction still happens, and you can get the time you need to get yourself together.
  7. Notice you are getting upset over a child acting like a child, laugh to yourself how silly that is in the grand scheme of things, take a breath, remember that at the end of the day you get to go home to people who love you (presumably, because you seem like an asshole), and remember this girl would like to go home to people who love her too – and consider she may be acting out because she doesn’t have that option. Then remember that the bell is going to ring eventually – at some point she will feel the need to leave that classroom. Play the waiting game. It’s not like there are other children in need of a good chokeholdin’ who will miss out on your fine services.
  8. Look at the child sitting there, sitting in a calm and silent manner. Reflect on the centuries of violence inflicted upon Black bodies and ask yourself if you really want to be a part of that historical oppression. Consider how the school-to-prison pipeline is apparent in the hyper-controlling toe-the-line classroom management techniques many teachers rely on because they don’t trust themselves to develop true relationships and view misbehavior as an attack on authority they haven’t worked to earn. Then ask her, “Hey, why aren’t you doing your work?”
  9. Remember that you are a school resource officer, not a member of Seal Team Six. Your job is to protect students, not take Cartman’s “Respect My Authoritah” mantra seriously. Bore her into compliance by reading from the D.A.R.E. handbook – that’s what my Resource Officer at HAJH would have done.
  10. Quit. Go home. Go to bed. Take the world’s longest nap. Wake up. Reevaluate your life. Take up knitting. Run a marathon. Dance the cha-cha. Ride a pogo stick. Recite a sonnet. Do a Sudoku puzzle. DO LITERALLY ANYTHING ELSE.

Disclaimer (written by Marie): I worry Facebook is just an echo chamber for people to feel like they’ve accomplished something by posting a status, but I’m seeing a lot of people (and by people, I mean Don Lemon and four of my Facebook friends – we need a label for people you keep on your feed so you can fight their toxic worldviews because you care too much for them as people to let them live a life of ignorance) looking to excuse this man’s actions. And that is some grade A 100% certified bullshit.

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We Don’t Know The Whole Story….

By now, many of you have probably already seen the disturbing video of a high school girl in South Carolina being flipped over and dragged out of her desk by a police officer for refusing to comply with his orders. In case you haven’t seen it yet, the following video captures the scene from two different angles:

After seeing a video like this one, people’s reactions are usually split into two groups:

  1. This is completely and utterly unacceptable.
  2. We don’t know the whole story.

Full disclosure: I happen to belong to group #1.

Turns out he was fired today... But you know what? If this hadn't been recorded on video, he would probably still be working around kids.

Turns out he was fired today… But you know what? If this hadn’t been recorded on video, he would probably still be working around kids.

Now, within the racially-charged time that we find ourselves in, it is hard to ignore the fact that the young girl in the video is black and the officer is white. And when it is pointed out that videos like this one–with a white officer being overly brutal with black citizens–are popping up with a disturbing regularity, many people (mostly white folks) are quick to bring up the “One Bad Apple” defense. There are quite a few things that white people do when you point out racism. I wrote about 13 of them HERE. But it’s true… I don’t really know that racism was a factor at all. It’s possible that this officer (his name is Ben Fields) reacts with the brand of anger and violence that is displayed in this video whenever ANY kid–regardless of the color of their skin–refuses to show him the respect he believes he is due. It turns out that Officer Fields has been dating an African American woman for quite some time… Maybe race had nothing to do with it. I don’t know.

But it looks to me as though a large portion of the public–especially the people viewing these videos who happen to have white skin–seems to be more inclined to join group #2 when the person experiencing what appears to be police brutality fits their description of someone who looks like a “trouble maker.” These are the same people who looked at this video…

… and wanted to withhold judgment because “we don’t know the whole story.”

Well, these people are right. We don’t know the “whole story.” We rarely do. Because the WHOLE story is a lot more comprehensive than the story of what that young girl said or did or refused to do immediately before the video started those kids’ cell phones started rolling. I don’t know this girl, and I certainly don’t know her “whole story.”

Maybe her whole story involves her listening as a parent told one of her brothers the rules for how to interact with police officers and stay alive–rules that I never felt the need to inform my white children of….

Maybe her whole story involves her watching the video above of the young black girl at the pool party getting manhandled and brutalized by a white officer for the crime of not moving as quickly as he thought she should…

Maybe her whole story involved watching them raise that confederate flag right back up the flagpole in Charleston, South Carolina after Bree Newsome climbed up there and took it down…

Or maybe her whole story involves her watching videos of a number of other black men in South Carolina who had their lives ended by white men wearing a badge just like the one Officer Fields (known to the kids of that school as Officer “Slam” for the way he once handled a pregnant woman, as well as other students) was wearing that day. Videos like like this one showing Walter Scott being shot eight times and murdered as he ran away from a South Carolina officer…

Or, it’s even possible that her “whole story” involved her expecting that her own arrest to be less violent than it turned out to be… You know, more peaceful–like the arrest of the person who had just murdered nine black folks as they worshipped in their Church…

The girl in the classroom has her arm in a cast, pain in her neck and back, and rug burns on her body. This guy? No visible rug burns...

The girl in the classroom has her arm in a cast, pain in her neck and back, and rug burns on her body. This guy? No visible rug burns…

So yeah, we definitely don’t know the “whole story.”

Because when we know a person’s whole story, we start to understand where they’re coming from. We empathize with them. We start to see the places where their story is like our story. It makes gross things like stereotyping and prejudice a lot more difficult. When you know a person’s whole story, it’s much more difficult to not love them. And when that happens, we start to suspect that EVERYONE has more to their story than we can easily see at first glance.

And you know what? That goes for Officer Ben Fields as well. I’m not saying that there is any excuse for the way he threw that young girl around–There isn’t. And actions like these should have consequences–especially for the one in a position of power. It’s clear that this guy shouldn’t be in a position of authority, he shouldn’t be carrying a gun, and he definitely shouldn’t be working around kids… But we don’t know his whole story either. We don’t know what kind of lies he has believed… what kind of abuses he has endured. We don’t need to demonize this man. But when we see a video like this, the only right response is to say, “This is not OK.” If we are ever looking for the “whole story,” it should never be in an attempt to excuse this sort of violence… Knowing a person’s whole story is how we keep this sort of thing from happening again.

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I just found out that the girl in the classroom is LIVING IN FOSTER CARE (not orphaned as was earlier reported). So yes, the WHOLE STORY is so very important. God bless.

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Substitutionary Atonement Is Miracle Gro For Atheists 

I was perusing the ol’ Facebooks earlier today, and I ran into this picture:


Here is quote from a “Christian” on the Facebook thread under this picture–“Very hilarious when all of you unbelievers burn for eternity, I myself wouldn’t want my worst enemy to suffer that way, so criticize the Lord all you want, but I feel really sorry for you. I will be praying for all.” And we wonder why so many people are leaving the Church…

This meme represents a very common belief in Christianity–The idea that “Jesus got what you deserve.” Which is, I guess–as most Christian theology suggests–an agonizing death on a cross, and three-ish days in hell. Most of the Church believes that we (humanity) are all worthless (Total Depravity), and that we all deserve to go to hell to be tortured forever. The other side of this coin is the concept is know as “Atonement,” and for much of the Christian Church, this is a central tenet of their theology…. And thus a central tenet of their understanding of who God is.

"Quid pro quo, Clarice." Sometimes my old understanding of God seems more like Hannibal Lecter than it probably should...

“Quid pro quo, Clarice.” Sometimes my old understanding of God seems more like Hannibal Lecter than it probably should…

There are many different understandings of Atonement, but most of them have to do with making reparations for wrongs. In the Old Testament (as well as much of the Old Testament world), the process of “making things right” between God and mankind was accomplished through sacrifice. The world–for thousands of years–has had a model of taking care of sin and evil that basically boiled down to “blood for blood.” It was quid pro quo… tit for tat… An eye for an eye. To people living in the earliest, most fear-filled stages of human consciousness, God was (is) a wrath-filled being for whom only perfection was good enough. He was (is) the angry volcano God, demanding our virgins be tossed in, in order to propitiate his violence (Propitiation is the process of appeasing the wrath of God. As in, “He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.” ~ I John 2:2… I say this to mention the fact that this way of seeing things is definitely in the Bible).

"Want a lick? Psych!" I imagine Abraham looking a little bit like Eddie Murphy here.

“Want a lick? Psych!” I imagine Abraham looking a little bit like Eddie Murphy here.

For example, take the story of Abraham hearing from God that he was going to need sacrifice his son Isaac. The point of this story is not that God sometimes requires human sacrifice. Or that God is the sort of Being that pulls a giant “PSYCH!” on the people he supposedly loves (“Ha! I totally had you going there, Abe. Man, you should have seen your face… You were like, ‘Is this dude seriously going to make me kill the son he promised me?!? You were TOTALLY crying… And now you’ve got some tears on your tunic.” **God points at Abraham’s tunic, Abraham looks down, God flips Abraham’s nose** “GOTCHA AGAIN!!! When are you going to learn?? If I was tweeting this, I’d end it with #sucker.” ~ God). But the Bible does not give a target as much as it provides a trajectory. It shows us a direction–An expanding and unfolding understanding of the heart of God for the creation that he loves.

Don't play charades at my house either...

Don’t play charades at my house either…

So listen–in the time in the Bible was written, human sacrifice was common enough that everyone knew about it. The gods were pissed, and it was believed that in order to appease their anger and punishment, you had to give up your best stuff… crops, animals, sometimes even your kids. So when they told the story about Abraham going up the mountain to sacrifice Isaac, they were all probably like “I know how THIS is going to end.” But in that Biblical story, whether there was an actual person named Abraham who was 100 years old when he had an actual son named Isaac with his 90 year old wife Sarah was not the point–the POINT was that THIS God–THEIR God–is DIFFERENT… Different than those mysterious and capricious gods who demand blood to keep their wrath at bay. And sure, in this story they only moved away from human sacrifice to sacrificing a ram (one which God provided)… But that was at least SOMETHING. Baby steps, right? Baby steps toward the heart of God. And God, in his loving and patient way, only reveals the extent of his goodness that our hearts and minds are ready to hear.

So the old model of how atonement works was basically this–We’re all garbage, and as we embody that garbage (sin), we put our sin on an animal, and then we kill that animal (or scapegoat it), because God requires blood. God requires that TRANSACTION. But the Old Testament is full of verses that speak of how God is not really interested in transaction–He is interested in transformation. Psalm 40:6 says, “Sacrifice and offering you did not desire– but my ears you have opened.” I Samuel 15:22 says that “to obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams.” Jesus himself quoted Hosea when he said, “But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.'”

Atheists be like, "So you're telling me God had to sacrifice himself to himself to change a rule that HE MADE?!?"

Atheists be like, “So let me get this straight–You’re telling me God had to sacrifice himself to himself to change a rule that HE MADE?!?”

And so, to me it makes infinitely more sense that, as Richard Rohr says, “Jesus did not come to change the mind of God about humanity–it did not need changing! Jesus came to change the mind of humanity about God.” What if we’ve been getting this Atonement model wrong all along? Because the thing is, this model–with all of our sins being put on Jesus, and him being punished for them–It doesn’t even make any SENSE. We tell this story because it fulfills a desire in us for justice–for a transaction–but killing someone who is innocent for the crimes of the guilty is the farthest thing from “justice.” Imagine with me for a moment…

Let’s say I had a town. It’s actually my town. It’s called Boeskooltown, and I make the rules. And the people in the town are there because I allow them to be there. In this town, what I say GOES. I know what’s happening in my town, and I’m powerful enough to enforce the rule…. Rules that I created.

Imagine there’s a middle-schooler living in Boeskooltown… Her name is Emma (because every middle schoolers name is Emma. Because Friends). She is sweet and awkward and funny, and sometimes afraid and annoying and selfish. Now, let’s say that Emma’s step dad–A grown-ass man named Jimmy–just beats the actual hell out of Emma… Like “barely even recognize her anymore” kind of beating.

Now imagine that I, as the man in charge of the town, reveal a way–because I love the citizens of my town–of forgiving Jimmy. And that way is this: Instead of punishing Jimmy for the awful thing that he’s done, I’ve decided to punish my own kid, who is completely innocent of any crime. And then I tell you all–Citizens of Boeskooltown–that my punishing of an innocent for Jimmy’s crime is actually because I demand… (wait for it)… “Justice?” Is there any better example of INJUSTICE than an innocent person being punished for someone else’s crimes? Is there a scenario where this makes sense–Especially if I’m the one making the rules?

Wait, God REQUIRED this??

Wait, the Good Father Jesus spoke of  REQUIRED this?? That’s certainly enough to make people fear him… but LOVE him?

Atonement says, “Someone has to pay for this,” but every single thing about Jesus–His words, his life… even his death–reveals and embodies a God who does not function that way. Atonement says, “Something has to die!” but Jesus looks at us and says, “That something is you–The false you.” Atonement looks for a way to span the perceived chasm between us and God, but the Incarnation and the Word of God cry out “Emanuel! God is with us!Atonement says “An eye for an eye,” but the best picture we have of God says, “You have heard it said… but I tell you…” I mean, Jesus flat out tells us that loving our enemies is being like God. If there was something that atonement needed to “make right,” it was our understanding of the nature of God.


All you have to do is look at this picture of these shopping carts to know that there is human brokenness. And yeah, I went to Walmart. I’m part of the problem. Leave me alone, I’m poor.

Then Jesus dies–in such a horrible way–and we’re left trying to make sense of it all. And that ancient voice speaks up and says “Our brokenness was (is) too much for God to handle.” For thousands of years, humanity was unable to believe in, or even imagine, a God who was loving enough to love us in all of our brokenness. And I am not oblivious to the brokenness… One needs only open your eyes to see it. But there is goodness in humanity as well. And just in case no one has ever told you before–You don’t deserve to go to a place called “Hell” where you are tortured forever. You are not worthless. You are loved by God. And your brokenness is not too much for God. He still looks at us–his creation–with the same loving eyes he had in Genesis 1, when he said “Very good.”

"It's a chopper, baby."

Grace is a chopper, baby.

We are skeptical of this free lunch called “Grace.” We think, “There must be some catch. Can we really TRUST this God? Could he really be this good? Could God really love us this much?” So when Jesus dies, everyone figures that THIS must be the one giant payment–the final transaction–by which God’s wrath is appeased. And they did this because their minds weren’t ready to be able to imagine a God who is not interested in transaction. But again… God is not interested in transaction–He is interested in transformation. And when we force there to still be a transaction, we take away the real beauty, the real love, and the real power of an act of mercy.

Beautiful tune. Harmful theology.

Beautiful tune. Harmful theology.

We want all the accounts to be paid, because the real thing that offends us is grace. We look around at all this mess, and we say “SOMEONE HAS TO PAY FOR THIS!” And to hear otherwise offends us to our very core, but that is what God has been saying all along. He’s been saying “You can trust me. I love you, and I’ve got this. Now LIVE that way.” He said (says) it in creation, he said (says) it in the incarnation, and he said (says) it in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus… It’s just that people weren’t ready to hear it. And this is why Jesus said, “There is so much more I want to tell you, but you can’t bear it now.” Many of us still cannot bear it yet; nonetheless, Jesus still speaks to us today: “Go and learn what this means: I desire mercy, not sacrifice.”

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Five People or Things I’d Rather Vote For Than Donald Trump

There is still a lot of time before the presidential primaries. And I’ve been thinking that I should do more than just writing about “Why It’s Okay For Christians To Call Donald Trump A Jackass.” I need to give people some other options. We need to do more than say things like, “Donald Trump is not fit to be President of the United States.” So that’s what this is…. It’s a non-exhaustive list of some people (and objects) that I would vote for before I would vote for The Donald. Enjoy.

Fun fact: The Mayor is the sun of Irish immigrants.

Fun fact: The Mayor is the son of Irish immigrants.

Mayor McCheese. Yes, I realize that Mayor McCheese has a cheeseburger for a head, but he clearly has much more legislative experience than Donald Trump. Also, Mayor McCheese never insinuated that the Mexican immigrants in this country are criminals, drug dealers, and rapists. All things that Donald Trump has said more than once.

Fun Fact: Koko's chest hair is actually a combover.

Fun Fact: Koko’s chest hair is actually a combover.

Koko The Gorilla. Koko understands over 2000 words of spoken English… Which, as far as I can tell, is significantly more words than Mr. Trump understands. Koko would be our nation’s first female president. Koko has repeatedly shown kindness to animals… The closest thing that Donald has come to that is showing kindness to whatever that thing is on top of his head–It just seems to me like she would be a kinder, gentler Commander In Chief. Also, Koko has never called women “fat pigs,” “bimbos,” “dogs,” “slobs,” and “disgusting animals.” All things that the leading republican presidential candidate has called women.

Fun Fact: This person makes his own capitalization rules.

Fun Fact: This person makes his own capitalization rules.

This Guy. I don’t know his name… I don’t know where he’s from… I don’t know anything about his policies… But–God help me–I like the cut of this guy’s jib. He just strikes me as a “Patriot,” you know? He just looks like a good, healthy American male. With a good, healthy American mustache. And a good, healthy American mullet. His T-shirt says he’s a baseball fan, and his patriotic d0-rag says he’s clearly loves America. And his misspelling of the word “morons” tells me he’s not one of those “intellectual elites.” Also, as far as I know, this guy has never said anything as awful as “Black guys counting my money! I hate it. The only kind of people I want counting my money are short guys that wear yarmulkes every day.”

Fun Fact: This box of rocks has more diversity than most Trump rallies.

Fun Fact: This box of rocks has more diversity than most Trump rallies.

This Box Of Rocks. Okay, I know. I know, but hear me out–Even though many people will tell you that Trump is “dumber” than this box of rocks, I actually don’t know that to be true… I’ve never heard this box of rocks say anything. They say it’s better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and to remove all doubt. So who knows? Trump very well COULD be smarter than this box of rocks… but intelligence isn’t everything. One thing is for sure, though: This box of rocks has never said, “You know, it doesn’t really matter what [the media] write, as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of ass.” But I bet you know who did….

Fun Fact: Cartman acted like a Christian too--in the episode of Southpark where he started the Christian boyband,

Fun Fact: Cartman ALSO acted like a Christian–in the episode of Southpark where he started the Christian boyband, “Faith +1.”

Eric Cartman. This decision is actually a little closer than the others, but I think that Cartman still wins my vote. Sure, Eric Cartman is notoriously racist, sexist, anti-Semitic. And sure, he’s almost certainly a sociopath. And sure, he once pitted crack babies against each other, had the babies fight over a piece of crack, and made all kinds of money having people on the internet bet on the winner. But I like the way this kid tells it like it is! He’s blunt, he’s brash, and when people get in his face, he tells them, “What eva! I do what I want!” We NEED someone in office who does what he wants. We NEED someone who demands that people respect his AUTHORITAH! You know what? Eric Cartman and Donald Trump are way more alike than I realized…. Though, one thing Cartman DIDN’T tweet about his political opponent is this: 55d4bc341d00006e00145436

So there you have it. We have a lot of options that are still out there for presidential candidates. Let’s not make any hasty decisions. Also, I love my Patrons! And today I especially love one named Jim Boersma–I good, strong Dutch name. It’s no “Boeskool,” but it’ll do. PEOPLE ARE SO AWESOME!

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Why It’s Okay For Christians To Call Donald Trump A Jackass

I posted a story on Facebook today that had a link to a video of Donald Trump getting called out by a young man for telling a lie in a speech he made. When the young man started to clarify what he was saying, Mr. Trump (in true Trump fashion) cut him off, loudly talked over him, and dismissed his criticism of Trump’s false statement with the wave of his hand and contorted face… Right after he asked the young man if he was from South Korea, and dismissed his answer (“I was born in Texas, and grew up in Colorado”) with a different contorted face that conveyed a deep sense of “Who cares…” You can read the article and watch the short video RIGHT HERE, but I took a screen capture of the “Who cares…” face for you viewing pleasure. It is one of Mr Trump’s go-to expressions, and he employs it every time someone makes any sort of comment that zings him in any way. It’s a face that says, “So what… I’ve got all kinds of money.” I’ll post a big version….

Imagine this face on our money...

Imagine this face on our money…

With the article, I said something along the lines of “If you are thinking about voting for this man, you are 100% delusional.” Or something thereabouts. So, here is something interesting that I’ve noticed happening lately: Trump has a surprising amount of support from evangelical Christians… And as surprising as that fact is, the interesting part to ME has been the way that many confused Christians have been attempting to defend the things Donald Trump has been saying. Because there are many, MANY quotes from this man that people are rightly critical of. And because there is really no defense–especially from a Christian point of view–of the things he has been saying, it is putting Christians in an awkward situation. Here are a few ways that Christians have been dealing with that awkwardness:

  1. They talk about how they like the way he “tells it like it is.” They admit that he is brash, but try to turn his lack of concern with whom his words are hurting into a some sort of virtue. And they try to do this all in a very “At least he’s telling the truth” sort of way…. But a person can “not beat around the bush” while still saying vile, hateful, and prejudice things.
  2. They will say, “At least he’s better than ________.” And the person who finishes that sentence will almost always be a democrat. And I get that… I believe that if we are given the choice between “Not Good” and “Even Worse,” we probably have a responsibility to vote for the lesser of two evils. But there are many choices right now. The choice is not between Trump and Hilary… The choice is between Trump and roughly 16 other republicans. But this one is easy for me to spot, because I’ve got three kids. And when I ask the boy “Why did you go into your mom’s desk and get her Sharpies?” (a serious sin in our household) he will invariably tell me something one of his sisters has done in the past couple days. But that’s not what we were talking about, was it….
  3. And this one is the most interesting to me–They will talk about how we all have our faults. Christians have been getting very “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone” when people start being critical of Donald Trump. I have had that card played on me twice in the past couple days. And initially, it sound right… I thought, “Yeah, he’s a person, just like me. I have faults too. Who am I to focus on a person’s shortcomings?” And then I thought, “WHAT THE HELL AM I TALKING ABOUT?!?! THIS GUY IS A JACKASS!!”

And here is why it’s okay for Christians like me to shine a light on the many indefensible things Donald Trump has said and done….

This is the first part of the face that I make when I see Trump talking on the TV.

This is the first part of the face that I make when I see Trump talking on the TV.

Imagine we’re sitting on a bus. It’s a pretty big bus, and there are all kinds of people on it–young and old, rich and poor, red & yellow, black & white–and we’re getting ready to leave on a long trip. While we’re waiting to leave, in walks the bus driver. Now, not everybody on the bus is paying attention, and not everybody is in a position to see him, but let’s say I notice something peculiar about the bus driver. At first I think to myself, “Wow, those are some really dark sunglasses he’s wearing.” And then I see him folding up something thin and white with a red tip, and I think, “Wait a second… Is that a CANE?!? Is this guy BLIND???” You walk over and wave your hand in front of his face…. Nothing.

I say to the lady sitting next to me, “Hey. I think that our bus driver is blind.” And she’s like, “He sure does have a nice uniform though, doesn’t he?” I look at the guy sitting across the aisle and say, “Dude. Our bus driver is totally blind. This is not okay, right?” And he says, “Well, at least he’s better than a lady with no arms and no legs.” I blink over and over at the idiocy of it all. Finally I stand up and yell, “People of the bus! The man who is getting ready to drive this bus is BLIND. Like, he literally cannot see!” And someone with a WWJD bracelet stands up and says, “Whoa, whoa, whoa… Let’s not start casting the first stone here. Who are you to be pointing out anyone else’s inadequacies? Are you perfect? I’m sure if you got to know him, you’d find out that he has all kinds of very redeeming qualities. I actually know some stuff about him–He’s a really good businessman. He a person just like you. Let’s look for some POSITIVE things to say about him.”

They made a lovely couple.

They made a lovely couple.

This is what has been happening with Donald Trump. I posted a picture (this one) with a Trump quote about how he thinks that his daughter Ivanka is hot enough for him to date. The right response for people to have when seeing something like this is to say, “This is indefensible.” NOT, “Have YOU ever said the wrong thing or made an inappropriate joke before??” And there are pages and pages of things this person has said that are completely indefensible… Things that are not just insensitive or “brash,” but things that are completely CONTRARY to everything Jesus is stands for. Some Christians who can’t deny this (but are so desperate for a republican president) are even looking (in a desperate attempt to win the “Christian vote”) for Bible stories about God using bad kings for good purposes. It’s gross. Trump’s xenophobic (and Sodomistic) comments about immigrants, his sexist and demeaning comments about women, his complete lack of knowledge about world foreign policy and world leaders, his propensity toward conspiracy theory, his lack of a basic self-awareness that leaves him unable to even understand his own need for redemption…. The list of things that disqualify him for the office of the Presidency grows every day.

I am not “throwing the first stone.” Donald Trump is a man who is worthy of love and compassion…. Just like the rest of us. I believe that God loves him completely. He has his issues, and I have mine. We all need help, and we all have a lot to learn. But calling a person a buffoon who is clearly practicing buffoonery is not being any more judgmental than pointing out that a bowling ball is round. And dense… Especially when that bowling ball is leading the pack of republicans running for President. This person is no more qualified to be President of the United States of America than I am qualified to do open heart surgery. Come to your senses, America. And please, PLEASE, come to your senses, Christians. I’m not saying Donald Trump is not worthy of sitting on the bus… I’m just saying that he is CLEARLY not fit to drive the bus.

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We’re A Nation Of Sodomites…. Just Not In The Way You’re Thinking

Every other

Every other “Karen Miller” in the country is like, “Please don’t let this story blow up!”

I didn’t hear about this story until today, so maybe you haven’t heard about it either…. But a county here in Tennessee is considering taking up an official resolution pleading with God to not destroy their county when he finally brings his punishment for our country allowing gay people to get married. The resolution is sponsored by Blount County Commissioner, Karen Miller, and it says a lot of interesting things…. If, by “interesting,” you mean “terribly, terribly misguided.” You can read the whole Resolution RIGHT HERE (there are a few more “whereas’s” than I’d care for, but it’s worth your time to read), but here is the real climax:

WE adopt this Resolution before God that He pass us by in His Coming Wrath and not destroy our County as He did Sodom and Gomorrah and the neighboring cities. As the Passover Lamb was a means of salvation to the ancient Children of Israel, so we stand upon the safety of the Lamb of God to save us.”

I read a section of it to my wife, and after stumbling over her words and spending a few moments looking for a response, she finally uttered the words, “Are… these people…. Grown ups?” Seriously though, you should really read it. It would be funny if it weren’t so sad. You know what–No. It’s funny no matter what. Read it. And allow yourself to laugh. It’s only one page…. After I laughed out loud at her reaction, she said the words, “I literally can’t even.” Which reminded me of this gem….

There are all kinds of things about this resolution to be critical of (the factual inaccuracy, the reference to “Founders” who would have been horrified by the mingling of church & state, the haphazard and inane choices in capitalization, just to name a few….), but I’m just going to chose one: The appealing to the Biblical story of Sodom & Gomorrah by Christians who are upset about same-sex marriage. This garbage has got to stop.

Some kid 3000 years ago asks his Dad,

There it is–“Lot’s Wife.” Some kid 3000 years ago asks, “Dad, what is that tall stone thingy?” His Dad tells a story, the story gets passed along… and now we’ve got a God with an itchy trigger finger, who kills for the slightest infraction.

I’m betting most of you know the story, but for those of you who don’t, here’s the short version: God tells Abraham He’s going to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah. Abraham bargains with God about sparing the cities for the sake of a righteous man. Angels come to investigate the cities and stay with Abraham’s nephew, Lot (the one guy God chose to save from the city). While the angels were staying there, “all the men from the city–young and old” came and surrounded Lot’s house, and they demanded he send out the visitors so they could have sex with them. Lot (the righteous one in the story) offers them his two virgin daughters instead. Long story short, the angels blind the men from the town, fire and brimstone rain down from the sky and destroy the cities (along with others that are near), and God turns Lot’s wife into a pillar of salt for looking to see what’s happening.

This is not the thing that God is angry about. Just stop.

This is not the thing that God is angry about. Just stop.

Now, at some point, this story became not just a cautionary tale about God’s wrath, but specifically a story about God’s wrath in response to gay people. The word “sodomy” even came to mean anal sex/oral sex/”unnatural” sex. But here’s the thing you need to know: The story of Sodom & Gomorrah was never about God being angry at homosexuality. The Bible is actually very clear about this. When the Hebrew scriptures mention Sodom, it actually has nothing to do with homosexuality. For example, Ezekiel 16:49 says that Sodom’s sin was that “She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy.” When Amos compares Israel’s sin to Sodom & Gomorrah, it’s because they “oppress the poor and crush the needy.” ~Amos 4:1 This doesn’t make it sound like God’s beef was with the gays…. It does’t even sound like God’s beef was with sexual sin at all.

So awesome....

And it should go without saying that “God’s Beef” is an awesome name for a band….

The story of Sodom and Gomorrah is not about God being angry because two lesbians in East Tennessee want to get married and have the same rights as opposite-gender couples enjoy…. It was about gang rape. It was about an act of violence and extreme inhospitality to a stranger–the same way that some in prison might refer to “making someone their bitch” simply as an act of cruelty, and a way to emasculate him. I mean, do we really think that the Bible was saying that “all the men in the town” were gay? This is a story about God being angry when we don’t treat the stranger and the visitor in a way that honors them. It’s a story about hospitality. It’s a story that was told thousands of years ago around campfires to tell of how gross it is to God when we don’t take care of “The Other,” and the church has managed to twist it into a proof for how much God hates the gays…. A group that–very ironically–happens to be the very definition of “The Other” right now.

So yeah…. If you believe in the sort of God who turns people into pillars of salt for looking at fire falling from the sky… The sort of God who saves the guy who turns over his virgin daughters to get raped… The sort of God who destroys whole cities for going against his commands, you’ve got a lot to be worried about. Because the Church is FULL of “Sodomites”–Just not the kind that revision and fear and hatred have twisted that definition into. The world has come to know “christians” as the kind of “Sodomite” to which the Bible ACTUALLY refers…. The kind who are inhospitable to aliens. The kind who are unconcerned with the poor. The kind who are arrogant and overfed. The kind who humiliate and ostracize The Other. I mean, Lord…. We’ve even got people trying to pass “resolutions” to make that humiliation and ostracization official–all in the name of the God who calls us to love and care for the stranger. It is hurtful. It is garbage. It is bad theology, bad scholarship, and bad religion. And it is the exact. Opposite. Of the spirit of God that the Bible reveals…. And it’s time Christians started calling it out as such.

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