On the Evangelical War with Gays

Conservative evangelicals since Jerry Falwell in the 1970s have been politically motivated, championing the Republican party, in an effort to force their bigoted agenda down the proverbial throats of their chosen cultural enemies. In the 1970s that enemy was Black people. (link) Today that enemy is the LGBTQ community. But do not be deceived, either, by thinking that such evangelicals are actually regenerate Christ-followers. They reject the Christ who emphatically commanded His lot to love their perceived enemies (Matt. 5:43-48). Such people are, simply put, religious hypocrites, Christ-denyers, and Satan's emissaries. (2 Cor. 11:13-15)

While evangelicals are busy these days securing their "religious freedoms," they boldly, in the power of Satan, harass and persecute LGBTQ people, in utter defiance of the Christ they hypocritically claim to follow and in whom they pretend to trust for salvation. "But woe to you," says Jesus, "hypocrites! For you lock people out of the kingdom of heaven. For you do not go in yourselves, and when others are going in, you stop them. Woe to you . . . hypocrites! For you cross sea and land to make a single convert, and you make the new convert twice as much a child of hell as yourselves." (Matt. 23:13-15, emphases added) Jesus' immediate audience, here, is the so-called religious community. How do I know that such "evangelicals" are not saved? I know this from the explicit words of Jesus Himself:
"But what do you think about this? A man with two sons told the older boy, 'Son, go out and work in the vineyard today.' The son answered, 'No, I won't go,' but later he changed his mind and went anyway. Then the father told the other son, 'You go,' and he said, 'Yes, sir, I will.' But he didn't go. Which of the two obeyed his father?" They replied, "The first." Then Jesus explained his meaning: "I tell you the truth, corrupt tax collectors and prostitutes will get into the Kingdom of God before you [ever] do [or will]." (Matt. 21:28-31 NLT)
Why? Why were these so-perceived believers not getting into heaven and, thus, not saved? Because they did not obey the teachings of the One whom they claimed to follow. Jesus commands His followers to love their perceived enemies; and, instead, the Religious Right boycotts, protests, and persecutes its enemies (whether people of color, minorities, Muslims or LGBTQ people) and they think they are doing God's work, obeying Scripture, and are regenerate followers of Jesus! They refuse to obey the teachings of Jesus. What does Jesus say about such disobedience?

Jesus renders disobedience to lawlessness, concluding,
Not everyone who says to Me, "Lord, Lord," will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. Many will say to Me on that day, "Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy [proclaim the Word of God] in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?" And then I will declare to them, "I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness." (Matt. 7:21-23 NASB, emphasis added)
Did Jesus not grant us instructions on living out "the will of the Father" in His teachings? How, then, is harassing and protesting and persecuting LGBTQ people any semblance of loving one's enemies -- to say nothing of loving one's neighbor (Mark 12:28-33)? Evangelicals desperately fight to protect their own rights; but who will protect the LGBTQ community from the "evangelical" Religious Right? (I must place scare quotes around evangelical because the word itself refers to good news, particularly the Good News or Gospel of Jesus Christ, and the Religious Right betrays that Gospel with every anti-LGBTQ position they advance.)


Police were called to a gay nightclub in Salt Lake City, Utah, because a band of LGBTQ-hating people had gathered to protest the LGBTQ community's American right to gather in a local place of business. LGBTQ Nation reports: "The protestors had signs and T-shirts with anti-gay messages including 'Homosex is sin' and 'Romans chapter one reads your sin of sodomy is worthy of death.' They were shouting at patrons as they came and went from the club." (link) This protest, though, was ripe for violence against LGBTQ people by religious evangelicals. According to Salt Lake City police lieutenant Scott Smalley, the "biblical" and "God-fearing" protestors wanted a confrontation, they "want[ed] to incite." (link)

So, not only did these unregenerate religious hypocrites disobey Christ by failing to love their perceived enemies, but they actually sought to harm them -- an utter defiance against both the words of Christ (Matt. 5:38-42) and of St Paul (Rom. 12:14, 17, 18, 19). This, friends, is how we know that such religious conservatives will split hell wide open upon their arrival after death. God, in and through Christ, will not be mocked. (Gal. 6:7)

Do not wonder, then, why more LGBTQ people are not turning to Christ; and do not wonder why LGBTQ people and their advocates refuse to vote Republican since the Republican party boasts itself on courting and advancing "the [right-wing] Christian vote," a betrayal of God's kingdom if ever such a betrayal existed, since God's kingdom principles are not those of the Republican party. Donald J. Trump held up an LGBTQ Flag at one convention; and then, when he was elected, he appointed every known anti-LGBTQ advocate that he could name. But liars such as Donald Trump belong properly to religious hypocrites like the Religious Right since they care nothing of the truth of Jesus' teachings on how to conduct themselves with either their neighbors or their perceived enemies.

But why do other evangelicals remain silent against such situations? They will tout their "pro-life" stance on Facebook and other social media outlets all the live-long day; but get them to denounce these religious hypocrites and all you will hear is the deafening sound of crickets!

My weapons, however, are the words of Jesus; and I realize the one behind some among the Religious Right: Satan himself. For he seeks to deceive, to kill, and to destroy. He seeks to keep out of God's kingdom those for whom Christ died -- including every last LGBTQ person, and Muslim, and person of color and ethnicity and creed with breath still in their lungs. Evangelicals will not win this cultural war on gays and others because God will not be mocked. They will soon reap what they have long sown.


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My name is William Birch and I grew up in the Southern Baptist tradition but converted, if you will, to Anglicanism in 2012. I am gay, affirming, and take very seriously matters of social justice, religion and politics in the church and the state.