Since mine was one of the "virulent" letters sent to Lea Mathieu's home in response to her first letter published on the East Oregonian's Jan. 12 Opinion page, I want to respond to her second letter published on Nov. 19.
First of all, Lea, why do you automatically assume that every Christian who says that homosexuality is a sin is bitter, hostile and hateful toward the group of people who call themselves homosexuals? I have known homosexuals and I know of people in my church who have family members who practice homosexuality. In spite of their beliefs they still treat their family members with love and respect.
In comparison, I have two children and over the last 18 years I have told them many times to quit doing something that was wrong and would harm them physically or spiritually. Just because I pointed out their sins to them didn't mean that I hated them. And neither does it prove that a Christian hates the homosexual if he or she feels led by God to speak out on the subject. I know of many kind and loving "fundamental" ministries that help feed and care for homosexuals on a daily basis, expecting nothing in return.
Second of all, I don't go hunting for homosexuals to correct. I wasn't even going to respond to the letters in the paper surrounding the homosexual debate until you wrote that homosexuality was comparable to the sin of eating a cheeseburger.
Thirdly, I guarantee you that if any one were bold enough to write a letter to the paper complaining that they were being mistreated because they were practicing adultery, fornication, drunkenness, divorce, lying, stealing, gossip, or any other of the dozens of offenses listed in the Bible as sin, Christians would be writing the same letters of protest. Christians aren't targeting homosexuals like you want people to believe. Homosexuals are just more willing and bold than the normal offender at making their complaints known to the public. Most people like to keep their weaknesses hidden.
Yes, I do believe homosexuality is a weakness that God will judge, right along with all the others. God won't separate the homosexual from the man or woman who has a lustful heart, or the person who hates homosexuals or fundamental Christians. God is no respecter of man and he knows what is in our hearts. We can rest assured that no one will spend eternity separated from God if they don't deserve it. Likewise no one will spend eternity with him, if they don't deserve to. God is just and fair.
Fourthly, if believing the words of the Apostle Paul and the words written in the Bible, implies to you that fundamental Christian's worship Paul and the Bible more then we revere God and Jesus Christ, then where does Bishop Spong fit on your totem pole? At your request I took the time to look up Bishop Spong's book on the Internet. Talk about people who "take a verse of scripture and twist it." After reading some of his quotes my friend said, "If we're going to believe what he teaches, we might as well throw our Bibles away."
Last of all, I consider you to be a very intelligent and literate person. We in America have had the blessing of being able to study and possess a Bible without the fear of persecution. With this blessing comes much responsibility, and to whom much is given much is expected. We will be held accountable before the Lord on the day of judgement for either teaching truth or teaching lies.
The truth is that God is our creator and he has an order for everything that he created, both in the heavens and on this earth. Who are we to reconstruct his order of creation? This was Paul's reason for "railing" in the first chapter of the book of Romans when he said, "Wherefore, God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts (mind, will, and emotions), to dishonor their own bodies between themselves. Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshiped and served the creature (themselves) more than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen," (Rom.1:24 and 25).
Kelly Christman lives in Ione.