It’s been interesting listening to opponents of religious liberty bills in House and Senate committee meetings this session. The language used to frame their opposition is admittedly catchy and is clearly vetted. It is designed always to evoke the most sympathetic emotional responses from its audience rather than reasoned judgments.
In that respect, it’s been nothing new. The “LGBT” movement has been successful largely as a result of their mastery in spreading various logical fallacies such as false analogies and equivocations, but doing so with a compelling emotional appeal – another logical fallacy itself. But then it hit me: the seemingly favorite and most repeated catchphrase used to support new and ever-expanding LGBT “rights” at the expense of others’ rights, could just as easily be used against them as for them. Their trump card, ironically, could be their undoing.
The phrase goes like this: “No one should be discriminated against because of who they are or who they love.” [Boom, Drop mic, Walk off stage.]
Is that so? Is it really true that no one should be discriminated against because of who they are or who they love? The answer to that is, I think, difficult and multifaceted. But what the heck, for argument’s sake I’ll just grant them that statement.
But if it’s true…it must mean that people of faith, such as Christians, must also be protected from all forms of discrimination by the same right. After all, as a Christian, I find my identity wholly in the person of Jesus Christ. It’s who I am. And the truth is, I couldn’t change that even if I wanted to. I’ll never stop being God’s adopted child. Period.
And who I love – well, I love God. And like all true love does, it drives me to sacrifice everything I have, even my life if necessary, to demonstrate that love. So why should I be discriminated against because of who I love?
It may sound like I’m being facetious. I’m really not. I guarantee that as strongly as a person might feel about his or her identity as “LGBT”, I feel AT LEAST as strongly about my identity as a follower of Christ. And as much as any person loves another person, I have to believe that I love God AT LEAST as much.
So there, perhaps we’ve found some common ground at last. I can only hope that those who so earnestly defend the right of every person to be who they are and to love who they choose can find it in themselves to extend the same rights to people of faith.
For the record, I’m not counting on it. But that will not stop me from loving God and being His servant, even if it costs me everything, for I can neither do nor be any other.