Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Why Can't I Own a Canadian?

Why Can't I Own a Canadian?
I'm going to Bible Study tonight like I do every Wednesday. I am always a bit tense and curious to know if the local homophobe and scripture quoter will be there. He can disrupt the wonderful communion that I find with the others that come to study by justifying all sorts of exclusionary behavior and by out-scripture-versing anybody. His favorite guiding principal is "love the sinner and hate the sin."

You can never win with people like him because the Bible is so full of disparate verses. I've spent a lot of time reading and practicing my replies to people like him. I will never be able to, and never want to be able to, out-scripture-verse him. But I want to be able to reply to him in some fashion.

I keep wondering if my efforts are fruitless anyhow. I doubt that anybody can change the mind of a homophobic fundamentalist conservative who thinks you will go to hell if you don't think right thoughts. But perhaps an accumulation of gentle ideas and suggestions will work.

A fundamentalist conservative god is a dark, angry, vengeful guy, not my nurturing feminine spirit whose only motivation for action is love. I'm pretty sure She has had enough of our hate-peddling here on Earth.

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2 comments:

  1. Oh, I am having a similar issue with this lady at church.
    Everytime I am around her she has to always point out everyone’s faults, or tells us what we should be/ or not be doing and quotes the scriptures constantly to make the rest of us feel small and inferior.
    I felt the way you did too. I studied the scriptures to find something to help respond to this kind of person.
    Instead what I discovered was I am human and I was made the way I am for a reason. That I have my own path to follow and learn from and hard as I try I will never be able to accomplish everything this lady thinks we should do at once.
    I can only work on one thing at a time. So when I get caught up in this lady’s wake of ‘everyone is a sinner’ and ‘we are all going to hell’ because we are not living ‘Perfect’ lives.
    I think “Wow she is nothing more than a distraction.” If I focus on her issues then I will be taking myself away from the things I am currently working on for myself.
    I really think that these kinds of people are this way because it is easier for them to focus on other people’s issues and what others should be doing then really look deeply into themselves and become less distracted.
    I also feel sorry for those people too, because it must be a sad life when they think God will love them less if they exhibit faults.
    Oh I am sorry for rambling on.
    I hope all that helps a little.

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  2. As far as my stepmother is concerned Mick is already in hell and I'm going there too because I don't go to church yet she is the most hypocritical woman I've ever met and speaks so much evil about people who don't do her bidding. My sister is lesbian but has hidden it for years pretending that the woman she lived with was just a friend rather than incur the hell and fire wrath. I myself accept everyone as they are and pay no heed to mindless gossip; I take as I find....I would never knowingly hurt another human being physically or mentally yet the two Christian? family members who sexually abused me as a child are destined for heaven!!! May your own nurturing feminine spirit protect you.
    Rx

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