Whether you realize it or not, we are in the season, or maybe era, of who-gets-to-use-what-word. The Conservatives of this country have been on a rampage to keep gay people from using the word “Marriage” (although many of them are changing their minds).
The Associated Press just took back the word “Homophobia”. They aren’t going to use it and what’s more, they don’t want you to either. “It’s just off the mark,” said AP deputy standards editor Dave Minthorn to Politico. “It’s ascribing a mental disability to someone and suggests a knowledge that we don’t have. It seems inaccurate. Instead, we would use something more neutral: antigay, or some such, if we had reason to believe that was the case.”
So. I am taking back the word “Christian”. It is no longer to be used in conjunction with certain individuals. I have always allowed others to define themselves, but to me, a Christian is one who philosophically lives by two Christ Principles: Love God above all else, and Love Your Neighbor as Yourself. That is not just my idea. Jesus Christ is the one who set those standards, I am merely reminding you of them. If someone lives by those, and wants to be called a “Christian”… great. I’m onboard.
I am no longer on board with calling people who are elitist and evil “Christian” however just because they insist that we do. No more. They have to earn it.
Uganda wants to imprison gay people for life, or kill them if they are HIV positive. They are NOT Christian. Barbaric, evil, despicable, grotesque…. But NOT Christian.
Tony Perkins responds “American liberals are upset that Ugandan Pres is leading his nation in repentence—afraid of a modern example of a nation prospered by God?” That statement is NOT said by someone who has the right to be called “Christian”. An American Taliban, a Heretic, an Opportunistic Slime… sure, but NOT a “Christian”.
Bryan Fischer says “Homosexuality now against the law in Uganda, just as it was for 200 years in the US. It can be done.” He is NOT “Christian”. Evil, nutty, extremist…. Yes. He does not deserve to be called “Christian”.
Scott Lively who says, “This is a huge blessing for Uganda and for me personally after having been vilified globally (and falsely) for two years by the leftist media as the accused mastermind of the death penalty provision. Please give this story your best push for maximum exposure. “ He is NOT “Christian”. If a man acts and speaks like a terrorist, let’s take a page from the accuracy of the Associated Press and call him one.
The Elitist Religious Fanatics of the U.S. (see how easy that was?) have been all in a twit over people refusing to use the word “Christmas” in commercial retail transactions (oddly, an insistence of which is not “Christian” in itself). I say we go one better and withhold the use of the word “Christian” ONLY for the people who act, espouse and represent it accurately.
We are, after all, in the Age of Word Accuracy.
So, please, I seriously implore you, if you write… please refuse to call any one “Christian” unless they meet the Christ principle standards to do so. Please pass this standard on to all others you know who write… and to news organizations… and petition the Associated Press.
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To use the word principles as given by Mr. Minthorn, to call any of the men I have described in this article, or any of the millions of Americans who agree with them, “Christians” would be “ascribing a philosophy to someone and suggests a knowledge that we don’t have and is not apparent. It seems inaccurate. Instead, we would use something more neutral: “seething idiots”, or some such, if we had reason to believe that was the case.”
And, I am not kidding…..share this, share this, share this… until the Seething Idiots get the message.
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