I hadn’t planned on writing a part 2 on homosexuality, but I just saw this video and I had to say something. The video above is a child at the Apostolic Truth Tabernacle in Indiana. He’s singing these lyrics:
The Bible’s right
Romans 1:26 and 27
Ain’t no homos gonna make it to heaven
You may now take a 5 minute break to go throw up.
Other than the borderline mental child abuse in this video, this message isn’t all that out-of-the-ordinary; not with all the recent crazies making their own videos with similar messages. This particular video struck a nerve with me. After I watched it, I went to the church’s website and saw these words on its front page:
“The Pastor and members of Apostolic Truth Tabernacle do not condone, teach, or practice hate of any person for any reason”.
Sadly, this is another one of those absurd lines of thought I’ve seen in other Christian circles as well. You can say whatever angry, mocking, violent, vitriolic thing you want about homosexuals….as long as you back it up with the phrase, “Oh no, I don’t hate them. I love them. I just hate their sin”.
The problem here is that people have very messed up definitions of love and hate. Let’s take love first. Too often people define love simply as thoughts or feelings towards someone. So when Jesus says I am to love my enemies, it doesn’t matter what I do to them, I’m obeying Jesus as long as I say I love them or having some loving thoughts towards them. This is the reasoning that Christians used during the Crusades as they slaughtered their enemies. The same kind of logic is used today. If you say some really hateful things about someone and then in the next breath say, “but I love them”, you don’t. You know you don’t truly love them, everyone else knows you don’t truly love them. Stop trying to fool yourself.
“But Josh, what they were saying in the video wasn’t hate; they were just stating truths in the Bible”.
First of all, how they interpret those two verses in Romans to say “ain’t no homos gonna make it to Heaven” is absolutely bogus. And even if Romans did say that, their actions were still utterly hateful.
Let’s use an example. Let’s pretend that there is a rare and deadly disease that only affects a small percentage of the population. No one can find a cure except one doctor. The doctor gives the cure to the Apostolic Truth Tabernacle and commissions them to find those who have the disease and heal them. The church, instead of actually trying to cure people, decides to teach their children cute little songs with the words:
“The disease is no lie
They gonna die
The disease is strong, it makes em’ dirty
Ain’t no sickies gonna live past 30”
The children sing their songs and the adults give them a standing ovation, clapping, laughing, and cheering. The church records the song and makes it public. The community is angered, including the doctor, who says to them, “You have the cure for them you idiots! Why are you doing nothing about it and making songs about how they’ll die?” The church responds, “But we love them! It says so right on our website”.
Now, I don’t agree with all the theological implications in this example. If you strip this story of any religious parallels, and this story actually happened somehow in real life, we would consider the people at that church to be some of the most debased and inhumane people of our time. Now let’s put the religious parallels back in the story. In a way, this is what the church actually believes. They believe the homosexuals have the disease that puts them in hell and they have the cure that will save them. Instead of saving them, they teach their kids songs about how they won’t make it to heaven.
How can that not be considered hate?
So to the people at the Apostolic Truth Tabernacle, I truly and sincerely hope that you find the truth of the love of God and realize that what you are doing is hate. The Bible says that if you say you love God yet hate your brother, you’re a liar. But it doesn’t even take the Bible to realize this. You’re not fooling anyone with the words on your website.