Jeff Buchanan has written a lengthy piece about the removal of the Exodus iPhone app, where he repeats the same whining about “freedom of speech” we’re fairly used to by this point, from religious fundamentalists. They are being “silenced,” you see, yet for some reason my Google alerts continue to bombard me with their nonsense. Catch up, Google, we are silencing the Fundamentalists and you Are. Not. Helping!
Anyway, amidst the usual bullroar, he quotes this:
And while we have a responsibility to [hate gays or whatever] in a way that radiates the compassion and love of Christ to all regardless of differing views on any given subject, we must remember that no matter how tender our words or how loving our actions, Jesus predicted that the outcome may not always be pleasant. He said in Luke 6, “Blessed are you when people hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven.”
We exist and therefore, we will not always be liked.
Jesus knew that and in the very same chapter, He tells us what to do when that happens. “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.”
I was wondering when one of them was going to throw the “Jesus said we would be hated for his sake” card. I always find it funny because these people are not like their Jesus, at all. I also find it funny because Jesus did not immediately follow that statement with “So GAME ON with the lying, the defaming, the hurting people and the general dickishness, y’all!,” which is the message Jeff Buchanan and his fundamentalist handlers seem to have taken from that verse. I mean, maybe my translations aren’t up to date, but I do not think Jesus said that.