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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