Vox linked to an article the other day which is relevant both to the Christendom thing and some discussions I’ve been having lately.
Now, let’s understand this basic concept – Jesus was not some sort of whiny wimp who refused to confront the establishment and took comfort in his own righteousness while leaving others to do the heavy lifting. Jesus made people angry, because that’s what happens when you defy bad people. Being a Christian does not mean that you have to shrug and let the likes of Hillary Clinton be elected so she and her minions can fire up her anti-faith pogrom against those of us who dare worship God and not the elite she represents. Maybe you didn’t notice, but they do not accept the concept that we have any legitimate interests or rights. They hate us. And, if we are weak and stupid enough to allow them to take power, they will act on their bigotry and prejudices. Baking cakes is only the start.
Resistance is not merely an option. It is a duty. And resistance to evil – because the desire to suppress our faith is evil – is not somehow unchristian because it can be aesthetically displeasing. Fighting back is not always pretty. Jesus cleared the temple of moneychangers. He made a mess and got people angry. He didn’t sit on the sidelines and write ponderous articles lambasting the people tossing over the tables because “We’re better than that.”
Wimp Jesus is not the real Jesus. Jesus wasn’t nice. Now, a friend of mine said to me the other day that while of course Jesus did some mean things, like calling people names or attacking them with a whip, we have to remember that He did it with perfect charity and knowledge, because He’s God and can know when it’s appropriate to do such things. This is true. However, the implication I got was this meant that we can’t know when it’s appropriate to do these things. Maybe my friend didn’t mean it quite like that but that’s what I got. Regardless, it’s also important to remember that everything Jesus did in the Bible is an example to us of what to do and how to act. If we were incapable of knowing when we could morally perform an action, then I don’t believe Jesus would have done it.
Your typical conservative, however, wants you to remember that we should be kind and accepting of freaks and deviants who want to ruin your lives and corrupt your children.
Though transgenderism is a far rarer phenomenon than homosexuality, I think most adults could admit it does seem like a rather persistent aspect of humanity. Most can probably recall a transgender person making at least some minor appearance in their life. If we concede that transgenderism is not going away, and is not something anyone intends to exert effort toward ending, then Americans, especially conservative ones, should reflect on our culture’s honest and fair attitude toward homosexuality and acknowledge that the most sensible path out of the present acrimony will probably require similar compromise.
Part one of the compromise will be borne by cultural conservatives and traditionalists. It asks for broad tolerance for the reality that transgender men and women exist, and are entitled to basic human dignity, just like everyone else. This does not mean having to morally endorse behavior many may believe runs contrary to God’s plan for a just and healthy society, but it does imply that acts like ostentatiously calling people by pronouns they don’t want, or belittling their personal struggle, are boorish and petty. It means acknowledging that arbitrary discrimination against transgender people is a cruel bigotry like any other.
It hurts gay and trannies’ feelings to tell them that they’re freaks and that you’re not going to kiss the ground on which they stand, so we can’t do that, oh, no. This is where niceness leads. This is where inaction leads.
“Good” people sit around and congratulate themselves on how they’re not going to do anything mean to anyone and remind everyone that these are just broken people who need to be shown love. Well, we have seen how effective this strategy is. We can argue certainly on which ways to fight back are moral or most useful but we have to realize that passively standing around and loving someone does not do anything. Because even the people who claim to be on our side are telling us to SHUT UP AND BAKE THE CAKE BIGOT.