I commented on a post from the Huffington Post website that it was a lie that was fed to the gay teen Jamey Rodemeyer that it would get better when he was proof that it wouldn’t. My very brief but straight to the point comment was deleted as a violation of their website’s guidelines. Fortunately, I have my own blog and I get to say it again without deletion: It IS a lie to say it gets better!
Sadly, Jamey took his life and according to articles it was due to the relentless torment he received through online social media. (See ABC news report: http://abcn.ws/pPQyiy) Jamey had posted a video back in May (see Youtube video link below) during the “It Gets Better” campaign that was created to help stop the growing suicides of gay youth. The gay adults want the youth to know that because of their own lives, things would get better so they posted videos along with other gay supporters of life getting better. For many, their lives did become better but it wasn’t the case for Jamey and those who are still being tormented by unloving and uncaring bullies.
View Jamey’s “It gets better” video on Youtube: http://youtu.be/-Pb1CaGMdWk
Should Christians Be Blamed?
Many are placing the blame on Christians who believe the bible teaches homosexuality is a sin. But it’s not the teaching that’s the problem, it is those who are not exercising God’s love and tolerance to those who may be “different” or even “sinners.” We are commanded not to condemn those who are not believers as Christ Himself didn’t come to condemn (John 3:17). But reserve the harshest of treatment for those who call themselves Christian and persist in living ungodly lives. (1 Corinthians 5:9-12). And even when dealing with those Christians, our treatment must still be done in love.
Those who are doing the actual bullying need harsh punishment. Bullying online, on the phone, at schools and anywhere else is rampant and very destructive as many have taken their lives. I am in full support of the police tracking down whomever did any posting to Jamey and/or about Jamey in making his life ultra miserable. Bullying should never be tolerated for any reason.
But if it should ever get to the point that Christians can not state their opinion about homosexuality without prosecution, then yes we may soon find ourselves facing jail time! Sadly, that time is quickly approaching! A teen, Dakota Ary, was suspended from his school recently for expressing his belief about homosexuality being wrong a week after a teacher had posted a picture on their classroom wall of two men kissing, a picture that was later torn down by a classmate. (See Christian Post: http://bit.ly/r4toXc)
Born that way vs Born Again
That classroom incident is just the beginning for many of us Christians. I suspect especially if Lady Gaga gets her way in having bullying classified as a hate crime, that many Christians will be persecuted as the teen in high school for simply stating that homosexuality is wrong. Lady Gaga was quoted by Jamey in the video as making him feel better about himself because he believed too that he was born that way. (See my post on Lady Gaga: Does being born this way mean we stay that way?) The message that Lady Gaga gives that if one is born that way then it’s okay, but Jesus says that we must be born AGAIN! Our Lord and Savior recognizes man’s need for spiritual regeneration and that is quite contrary to the lie being pushed by Lady Gaga which unfortunately many or believing instead of Jesus’ commandment:
…“Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” see John 3:1-5
There is a better way!
For those of us who believe the words of Christ, life may not get easier but it does get better! Life has more meaning, we have peace of mind knowing that we belong to Christ and are promised a place in heaven for trusting in Him. But along with our new kinship with God in becoming His children, comes the responsibility of obeying Him and homosexuality is just one of many many sins that are offensive to our Creator. (1Corinthians 6:9-11)
“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: John 1:12
So I pray that the bullies of Jamey Rodemeyer are caught and given the necessary judgement, but I do hope that bullies are never classified as people who disagree with homosexuality and are being forced by many to accept it.
update 8:00 am, PST 9/24/11