I have not historically spent much time, if any, obsessing on the various sexual liberation agendas in our culture. But it has come to my attention that perhaps the most troubled and confused people in our current society are those who accuse Christians of hate speech and homophobia for simply wanting to share the gospel with them. Such groundless declarations of hate betray the speakers themselves as a people driven by irrational prejudice. In doing so they are creating a poisoned cultural, educational and political atmosphere which they teach others to hate Christians for something they don't even believe, nor has it crossed our mind .... since no true Christian believes he/she morally better and many of us have committed much worse sins. We are here to proclaim freedom to those enslaved, ourselves included. It is mercy alone which saved us, and certainly not any good in us.
It is one thing to say that you don't believe Christianity to be true but quite another to declare that it must come from hate. Sadly I do believe a large number of people promoting these cultural myths know this, but truth seems to go out the window for people when they have a political agenda. However, when such an agenda involves smearing others with non-existent motives, then this is a form of defamation and is ITSELF perhaps the worst form of hate there is. Perhaps THIS is the source of our very hostile, divided culture. If there are so-called Christians, who are hateful, and no doubt there are, surprising as it may sound to some, a more conservative view of theology is the answer to dealing with such ignorance and bigotry. Jesus who delivers ALL OF US from some form(s) of bondage, calls us to proclaim liberty to captives whoever they may be, homosexual or otherwise.
Let me be clear, though, that I do not wish to downplay the reality of people out there who really do hate persons who are homosexual. Indeed there is real homophobia and hate speech out there, both of which, we wholeheartedly affirm is wrong and deeply sinful. But it appears that anyone who dares to declare that homosexuality is among the catalog of sins for which God will judge the world, is frequently called by the media and "progressive" homosexual activists as either "homophobic", or engaged in "hate speech". That the "educated" elite could make such backwoods-like statements of such profound ignorance is beyond me. It appears that Hollywood, the media and much of the culture it influences are now so out of touch with Christian beliefs as to be unable to differentiate wicked people who actually want to harm homosexuals with people who believe they are sinners, like us, who need the redemptive, life-giving, love of Jesus Christ. Everyone has freedom of conscience and can certainly disbelieve our message, reject Jesus and His call to free them from captivity (something He has done for us all).... and they can even take offense at being called a sinner but don't confuse Jesus' love as hate or being "anti-gay". It would only be hate if He discriminated against homosexuals by refusing to have His people bring the good news to them, as if their sin were not worthy of our love, while freely bringing the gospel to all other types of sinners (like me).
Of course none of this comes as any surprise given our Lord's statements on the certainty of irrational hatred toward Christians, but I wanted to make a note of it.