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Missouri's 7th District, U.S. House of Representatives

  
 

 

 

Congressional Issues 2012
MORALITY
Why Christians Ought to "Hate" Homosexuals



Congress should:
  • "Hate" homosexuality and homosexuals
  • Follow God's Commandments with respect to them

This web page was created in response to criticisms of Kevin Craig's position on homosexuality. The claim was made that the belief that homosexuality is contrary to "the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God" is "hateful," that articulating the belief that homosexuality is a sin is "hate speech," and public expression of views which are critical of homosexuality constitute "hate crimes."
The Bible plainly says that God hates unrepentant homosexuals, just as He hates unrepentant murderers and embezzlers.
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness . . . . For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.
And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting;
Romans 1:18-32
God commands us to lovingly reach out to those who hate God and firmly invite them to repent, and God lovingly grants repentance, enabling them to reject that which is shameful and embrace that which is healthy and holy.

This page explains why it is necessary for Christians to engage in "hate speech" against homosexuals, and why this is a loving thing to do.

This campaign follows America's Founding Fathers by engaging in "hate speech" toward the following:

If you're a homosexual, you hate the God of the Bible. If God grants you repentance, you'll be glad someone committed a "hate crime" toward you by telling you that God is angry with you.

Imagine that one of your employees embezzles $10,000 from your company. You don't find out about it until it's too late: it throws your small business into turmoil. Your creditors have been stiffed. Your competitors use this information to their advantage. Like the domino effect, like the snowball effect, you eventually have to close your business and declare bankruptcy. Your entire life is turned upside down.

Your unethical employee feels no remorse. He says he needed the money. He says he was "worth more than you paid me." He is a Darwinist and says he can't be held responsible for the collapse of your business, which was worth nearly a million dollars, since he only took $10,000. "Survival of the fittest," he says. He doesn't even say "I'm sorry." He never offers to pay you back or make restitution in any form. The thought of trying to undo the damage he did never crosses his mind.

He is, as the Bible would describe him, "unrepentant."

What is your attitude toward this employee?

You hate him.

You're a Christian, so you leave vengeance to God (Romans 12:19ff.). You do not steal from him, attempt to seduce his wife away from him, or poison his water. You believe the Bible:

{Romans 13:8} Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.
{9} The commandments, "You shall not commit adultery; You shall not murder; You shall not steal; You shall not covet"; and any other commandment, are summed up in this word, "Love your neighbor as yourself."
{10} Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law.

One day as you drive by his house, you see him playing baseball with his son. It's easy to imagine that his son loves his father. Many sons don't have fathers to play baseball with. Generally speaking, he's probably an above-average father. Would you re-hire him? Not a chance. He's got an unethical streak that ruined your business and turned your life upside down. You hate the guy.

Years later you learn that your embezzling former-employee has developed severe emphysema. The driver of a truck carrying oxygen tanks asks you where your former employee lives so he can deliver life-saving air. For a split-second you're tempted, but you tell the truck driver exactly how to get to your former employee's home. Jesus said, "Love your enemies." You obey.

Would you re-hire that employee? Not a chance. You hate him. What he did to you disgusts you. What he did to you is, objectively speaking, disgusting.

Can we use the word "disgust" and "objective" in the same sentence? Are ethics objective or just a matter of subjective tastes? Is morality absolute, or merely relative? Can we say that you are absolutely right and the embezzler is absolutely wrong? After all, he apparently believes that he wasn't paid what he deserved. He sincerely believes he did no wrong, even though you lost your business and had your entire life thrown into turmoil. Who's to say?

God.

The Christian believes God has the right to say some things are wrong.

God created human beings as males and females.

Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
{27} So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
{28} And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

Hebrews 13:4 Let marriage be held in honor by all, and let the marriage bed be kept undefiled; for God will judge fornicators and adulterers.

Proverbs 5:15 Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters out of thine own well.
{16} Let thy fountains be dispersed abroad, and rivers of waters in the streets.
{17} Let them be only thine own, and not strangers' with thee.
{18} Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth.
{19} Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe; let her breasts satisfy thee at all times; and be thou ravished always with her love.
{20} And why wilt thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, and embrace the bosom of a stranger?

Homosexuals attempt to embezzle sexual satisfaction from God's business.

The entire creation is God's enterprise.

God is the Boss.

Homosexuals are disobedient employees.

God hates them.

God still delivers their air, and we should too:

Matthew 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
{45} That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

But we must hate evil.

Revelation 2:6 Yet this is to your credit: you hate the works of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.

2 Chronicles 19:2 Jehu son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him and said to King Jehoshaphat, "Should you help the wicked and love those who hate the LORD? Because of this, wrath has gone out against you from the LORD.

Psalm 139:21 Do not I hate them, O LORD, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee?
{22} I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies.

Psalm 101:1 I will sing of loyalty and of justice; to you, O LORD, I will sing.
{2} I will study the way that is blameless. When shall I attain it? I will walk with integrity of heart within my house;
{3} I will not set before my eyes anything that is base. I hate the work of those who fall away; it shall not cling to me.
{4} Perverseness of heart shall be far from me; I will know nothing of evil.
{5} One who secretly slanders a neighbor I will destroy. A haughty look and an arrogant heart I will not tolerate.
{6} I will look with favor on the faithful in the land, so that they may live with me; whoever walks in the way that is blameless shall minister to me.
{7} No one who practices deceit shall remain in my house; no one who utters lies shall continue in my presence.
{8} Morning by morning I will destroy all the wicked in the land, cutting off all evildoers from the city of the LORD.

Psalm 26:4 I do not sit with the worthless, nor do I consort with hypocrites;
{5} I hate the company of evildoers, and will not sit with the wicked.

Christians must obey God's commandments with respect to homosexuals. Love is the fulfilling of God's Law. Homosexuals living in a Christian society will be better off than those living in pagan societies. God's Law is the source of cultural blessings, and these blessings fall even on those who violate God's Law. But one of those commandments is to hold their immoral acts in disgust. We must hate embezzlers and homosexuals. The Bible says so.

Genesis 19:4-9
{4} But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter: {5} And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them. {6} And Lot went out at the door unto them, and shut the door after him, {7} And said, I pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly.

Leviticus 18:22
Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.

Leviticus 20:13
If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.

Deuteronomy 23:17
There shall be no whore of the daughters of Israel, nor a sodomite of the sons of Israel.

Judges 19:22
Now as they were making their hearts merry, behold, the men of the city, certain sons of Belial, beset the house round about, and beat at the door, and spake to the master of the house, the old man, saying, Bring forth the man that came into thine house, that we may know him.

1 Kings 14:24
And there were also sodomites in the land: and they did according to all the abominations of the nations which the LORD cast out before the children of Israel.

1 Kings 15:12
And he took away the sodomites out of the land, and removed all the idols that his fathers had made.

1 Kings 22:46
And the remnant of the sodomites, which remained in the days of his father Asa, he took out of the land.

2 Kings 23:7
And he brake down the houses of the sodomites, that were by the house of the LORD, where the women wove hangings for the grove.

Romans 1:24-27
Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: {25} Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. {26} For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: {27} And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet.

1 Corinthians 6:9-10
Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, {10} Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

1 Timothy 1:9-10
Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, {10} For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;

"Homophobia" is as ridiculous an accusation as "embezzlerphobia" or "murdererphobia."

Embezzlers and homosexuals disrupt God's creation. They bring pain into the lives of others. Embezzlers and homosexuals are not happy. Christians must hold their nose and compassionately help the wicked out of the sewer.


Why Christians should become more "judgmental."

Everyone sins. My commitment to win sinners to Christ is much higher than my commitment to punish sinners. I completely reject violence against sinners.

There is an egregious "gay-bashing" which is obnoxious and unChristian even if it is not overtly violent. But belief in the Christian account of the creation of male and female, the Christian ordinance of marriage, and the immorality of homosexuality is not "homophobia."

Some of My Best Friends are Gay

Homosexuality | Stand to Reason Commentaries

"Homophobia" | Pyromaniacs


Christians should go out of their way to be gracious, inviting, charitable, and hospitable to homosexuals. I have extended hospitality to homosexuals in my home. Even those diagnosed with AIDS. One died while a guest in my home. I spent hours with him in the hospital before his own family could be notified of his condition and come to his side. Christianity teaches love for enemies, not hatred (where "hatred" takes the form of making sinners suffer, violence, vengeance, or "vigilante justice").

But we must take up "sides," and not be on the "side" of those who are dedicated to rebelling against God's commandments.

We are commanded to be at their side, even if we are not "on their side."

Hospitality


Recent activity in the "blogosphere"

Five years ago I had to deal with homosexuals who unfairly represented my position. More recently, I responded to an email here. I got some responses which are catalogued here. Some of the comments on my blog are from "drive-by" bloggers, who don't really want to know the facts or engage in a dialogue, they just want to  . . .  I don't know what they want, really. I don't think they want to be informed of the facts. I think they prefer to publicly "anathematize" the "unbelievers" so that their readers are impressed with their courageous stand for their "truth."

The surprising thing is that the vast majority of the hostility directed at this campaign comes from Libertarians! Instead of investigating all the facts and trying to put this campaign in the best possible light, to help defeat the Republican incumbent, they want to destroy a libertarian candidate.

When I first created this website, I followed the CATO Handbook for Congress, each chapter of which begins with recommendations for Congress. Hence, nearly every webpage on this website begins with recommendations for Congress. When I created this particular webpage (which obviously does not correspond to any chapter in the CATO Handbook), I got a little sarcastic, suggesting that Congress should "hate" homosexuals (where "hate" is believing what America's Founding Fathers believed). Some "libertarian" bloggers have actually represented me as demanding that Congress pass some form of legislation implementing "hate" toward homosexuals. This is ridiculous for three reasons:

First, Congress has no Constitutional authority to legislate on the issue of homosexuality at all, in any way. On dozens of pages I emphasize the concept of "enumerated powers": that Congress only has authority to act in areas that are specifically enumerated in the Constitution -- and sexuality is obviously not one of those areas.

Second, even if Congress had been delegated authority by "We the People" in the area of sexuality (as it had been in the area of "post offices and post roads" [Art.1 sec.8]), as a radical libertarian I disagree with the Constitution in many places, preferring that the issue be sorted out in the Free Market.

Third, I believe both the federal government and the Free Market are bound by the same rule of non-aggression: a prohibition on the initiation of force. I explain this rule here:

What is the Libertarian Party?

and here:

Persuasion, not Coercion

I am among the most radical of libertarians in this respect, applying the non-aggression axiom comprehensively and consistently, regarding both war and personal behavior.

This means I oppose the exercise of the following government powers against consenting homosexuals (and just about everyone else):

It would be closer to the truth to represent me as being opposed to all Congressional legislation, period.

Fines
Prisons, and
Capital Punishment

One blogger still insists that I favor anti-homosexual legislation. I can't imagine what that legislation would look like, given my radical libertarian commitments.

My position on homosexuality is roughly parallel to my position on heroin:

  1. It's no good.
  2. Legalize it.

Since intoxication is a sin, I "hate" drunkards, as the Bible commands. My actions toward them are to lovingly free them from their addiction, as the Bible commands.

Heroin addicts are not blogging against me like homosexuals are. Perhaps that's because heroin addicts are not as well-organized, politically powerful, and "politically correct" as homosexuals. Or maybe heroin addicts are more concerned to fairly represent the position of their opponent.


I admit I'm a "bigot."

Why I Sympathize with Bigots: Hatemongers - a movie by Steve Drain



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