By Tom Quiner
A Facebook friend posted the meme above on her Facebook page.
As readers of this blog might suspect, I have trouble not making a comment on silly, dishonest memes like this. So here is what I said:
“And He told us to lead our brothers and sisters away from sin and towards the path to holiness, which is the path to life.”
I checked back a little while later and noticed that my post had been removed. I had been censored by a Catholic friend who didn’t like my viewpoint. She was willing to impose her view on the world, but was intolerant of me offering a charitable rebuttal.
The meme is repugnant on many fronts. Liberals equate dissent with the LBGTQ lifestyle as hate. They use the ‘H’ word liberally as a tactic to shut down debate, because they have difficulty defending their position.
As we read further down the meme, Christians can agree that Jesus doesn’t care where anyone is from.
We can agree Jesus doesn’t care what anyone looks like.
However, the next two statements are clearly problematic. The meme suggests Jesus doesn’t care who someone is “in love with.” Actually he does when taken in this context. Liberals suggest that Jesus doesn’t care if two men are erotically in love with each other.
And yet the Old Testament is clear that the homosexual sex act is sinful. Jesus made it clear that He didn’t come to change this teaching:
“Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I didn’t come to destroy them, but to fulfill them.”
We don’t know whether Jesus taught on this subject or not, only that His words were not recorded. Since He made it clear He didn’t come to change the Law, why would liberals assume that He did on this one subject, and no one bothered to tell the rest of us?
In the New Testament, St. Paul makes it pretty clear on more than one occasion that the homosexual sex act is sinful. Here is one example from Romans 1:24-27:
“24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.
26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.”
And who was the source of Paul’s teachings? Christ Himself, as Paul made clear in Galations 1:11-12:
“For I would have you know, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not man’s gospel. For I did not receive it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through a revelation of Jesus Christ.”
Throughout the history of Christianity, the Church has viewed the homosexual act as abuse of the body and sinful in nature, as St. Augustine made clear in his famous book, “Confessions”:
“Those offences which be contrary to nature are everywhere and at all times to be held in detestation and punished; such were those of the Sodomites, which should all nations commit, they should all be held guilty of the same crime by the divine law, which hath not so made men that they should in that way abuse one another. For even that fellowship which should be between God and us is violated, when that same nature of which He is author is polluted by the perversity of lust.”
A prominent Jesuit priest in this country, Fr. James Martin, took to Facebook to scold U.S. bishops for not properly expressing solidarity with the victims of the shooting in Orlando. Fr. Martin leans left politically, and was in full PC mode in his chastisement of Catholic clergy. He said that U.S. Catholic bishops were amiss in characterizing the victims as ‘people of Orlando’, instead of expressly identifying them as LGBT.
There is much I like about Fr. Martin. I respectfully disagree with his comment. For bishops to do so tacitly endorses the very identities and lifestyle promoted by the LBGTQ community that separates them from the Body of Christ.
Gay is a lifestyle. Someone can have same-sex attractions and remain chaste and separate from the gay lifestyle.
Finally, the last sentence of the meme suggests Jesus doesn’t care what god a person worships. Are they serious? The Bible explicitly states on 28 different occasions that there is but one God. The Ten Commandments come on strong: “Thou shalt have no other god before me.”
The meme above makes liberals feel good. But it is dangerous. It deludes good people into believing that they can pursue a lifestyle of sin without paying a spiritual price.
Sin is the path to death.
Shouldn’t we be promoting the ‘path to life’ on Facebook?