There were some Christians with some signs talking about sin and salvation at a Gay Pride parade in Seattle, but a number gays demonstrated an obvious hatred towards the Christians and their message and could not help but physically attack them in broad daylight as a video record of the incident was being documented. I recently wrote about the pernicious myth that biblical Christians supposedly "hate" gays. It seems that many have been trying to put the shoe on the wrong foot.
A key phrase that seemed to reflect the animosity of the attackers was,
"Is it your job to judge?"
This phrase underscores a lack of understanding with regard to the message being presented by the Christians, as we'll see.
1. Speaking the truth is not a "job" for Christians, it's simply a mark of being an authentic believer.
Jesus outlined how his followers are to be "salt and light" in a corrupt and spiritually darkened world, according to Matthew 5.13 (NIV):
“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven."
2. Christians don't judge, God's word is the ultimate judge.
According to scripture, Christians are not to judge others in a condemning manner. Rather, it is the word of God that judges all men as the Holy Spirit operating through believers convicts people of sin.
Jesus outlined how the word of God will be the ultimate judge:
"He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day." (John 12:
3. If Christianity is false, then why do gays and secular atheists tend to get so angry at the gospel message?
If someone began demonstrating on the street saying that the Great Spaghetti Monster was going to send me to the Sargasso Spaghetti Doldrums for all eternity because of what I do and what I believe, I don't think I would be very upset. Why? Because I know the message is false. Yet, the deep seeded animosity and aggression demonstrated in this video tends to imply that these people do feel genuinely convicted in their conscience by the gospel message and, thus, they are actually helping to underscore the truth of what was being presented by the Christians.
The anger and hostility of militant atheists, such as Richard Dawkins, is fairly well-known. William Lane Craig once declared that Dawkins is a "proud man" and a "coward" who puts on an "illiterate, angry schtick" for the public. When you look into moral relativism from a philosophical perspective, you'll find that it doesn't carry logical support. This may add to the frustration and sense bitterness.
Christian ex-gay activist Michael Glatze describes gay aggression as a kind of defense mechanism:
"God is regarded as an enemy by many in the grip of homosexuality or other lustful behavior, because He reminds them of who and what they truly are meant to be. People caught in the act would rather stay “blissfully ignorant” by silencing truth and those who speak it, through antagonism, condemnation and calling them words like “racist,” “insensitive,” “evil” and “discriminatory.""