Discrimination Goes Against God
People are being discriminated against for saying the name Jesus, or for sharing their true faith with other people in public places, and not too many people seem to be upset about this (except of course, for other Christians). The pledge of allegiance has been taken out of a lot of schools, and is now only 3 times a week at other schools who still have it. People are being taken to court or arrested and thrown in jail for saying the name Jesus, or sharing their faith. And the government keeps making laws either in individual states, or all over, that go against the 1st Amendment, which was created to protect religious freedom, and then making laws that go against God’s Word.
Yet it is believers who are trying to put a stop to these laws that are getting the heat. Disney is threatening to boycott the state of Georgia if they pass a bill that will protect religious freedom (which is within the constitutional rights to do), and yet it is okay that Disney is discriminating against people who believe God’s word and in Jesus. Disney used to be family oriented/friendly and now they are copying today’s worldly values instead of the wholesome values they used to have. Go read the constitutional rights (the Amendments), and pay close attention to the first Amendment, which is all about protecting religious freedom, and was meant to do so always, until the end of time, not until people/the world decided to turns their backs on God or Jesus, the Creator of Heaven and Earth and all of its inhabitants – all animals, including humans.
Everybody sins differently, so to discriminate against anyone who commits one particular sin is hypocritical. And the Apostle James tells us in James 2:10-12 that if you are guilty of breaking one law, you are guilty of breaking all of God’s laws, and everyone will be judged for their words and actions, and the way they lived their lives. Ever told a lie? You are guilty of breaking God’s laws. Said an unkind word to someone, and disrespected and hurt them? Or decided to be judge and jury and judge someone for something they do or do not do? If you have done both or either, you are guilty of breaking God’s laws. If you commit adultery – whether one or both of you are married, or just “in a relationship” with someone else, then you are guilty of great sin/breaking God’s laws. If you have ever stolen anything, even accidentally (but did not rectify the situation by bringing the stolen item back and either returning it or paying for it), you are guilty of breaking God’s laws. Do you curse or swear? Using foul language makes you guilty of breaking God’s laws.
No matter what sin, or sins, you have committed, you still committed it and have no right to judge or discriminate against someone else for sinning differently than you do. I admit, I am guilty of cursing (which makes me feel guilty every time, and I keep praying to God to help me get rid of all foul and all abusive language, and will do so until I am successful), and some other sins, but instead of focusing on someone else’s sins because theirs are different than mine, I pray to my God to forgive me and to help me change my ways so that I can be a better daughter of God.
The Word of God states clearly that we are not to discriminate against anyone and lists most of the things people do that against such as race, color, ethnicity, age… and Jesus stopped an adulterous woman from being stoned to death in John 8:1-11 (with focus on verses 8-11). He told the people who wanted to stone her, “let the one who has not sinned throw the first stone,” and then they thought about it and all fled because they knew they were guilty of their own sins. Jesus asked the woman if even one person was left to condemn her, she said “no,” and Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.”
If Jesus is against discrimination of adultery (or stoning a woman for it), then how does He feel when He sees those of us declaring allegiance with Him and God discriminating against someone because they are gay or transgender? Some of you may be aware of something I wrote in response to what Chik-fil-a did to a gay couple (refusing them service) and the public statement the head of Chik-fil-a made to defend the employee who did that at one of his restaurants. I was against it because refusing to serve someone, or let them into your store, or anywhere else is discrimination and judgmental, and God warns us against that. I am all for protecting your religious rights, since I myself am a Christian, but, that does not make it okay to show hate. Some may argue they were just protecting their rights to religious freedom, which could by why the government is trying to work to put an end to it, but there is protecting your rights and your religious freedom, and there is discriminating or bullying, which is unacceptable. If you do not want to serve someone, that is within the owner’s or their employee’s rights, but do not do it only because they are guilty of breaking a different law of God’s than you are guilty of breaking. If someone is obnoxious, scaring customers, or rude, then those are all valid reasons to refuse service. But if someone who just happens to be gay wants a bite to eat, or to shop in a store, if you ask them quietly to leave then maybe people would not make such a big deal out of it, but to say “I refuse to serve you because you are gay and it is a sin against God” or to have that attitude goes against God as well.
It is wrong to refuse service to anyone because they are black, white, Mexican, or any other color or race, so it is also wrong to do it because a person, couple, or group does something you don’t like – with exceptions of people being obnoxious in their behavior, being rude, or stealing/attempting to steal or walk out without paying for whatever they ate, or took. And if someone feels strongly enough about something someone, a couple, or group is doing that it goes against the owner’s, manager’s, or employee’s beliefs, then ask them to leave quietly and respectfully, without showing hate or discrimination for them or their actions, or they and other people at the restaurant or store will think you are judging, showing hate, and being discriminatory against the person or people you are kicking out – and all of the above attitudes go against God. God is against hate, against judging others and condemning, against discrimination of any kind. So two wrongs do not make a right! So before kicking someone out because of your faith in the Lord, consider praying silently to God about it, and if necessary, instead (of throwing them out), quietly pull the person, couple, or group aside in private and gently sharing God’s Word with them and letting them know how much God and Jesus love them and want to have a relationship with them, then gently and kindly explain how they can enter into a right relationship with the Lord. Sharing God’s Word with others and spreading His love and peace is what pleases Him, not hate, discrimination, or judging and condemning or making others feel hated, judged, condemned, or discriminated against because it is ungodly, and a major cause of this world’s problems. If everyone who follows Jesus made the decision to spread love and share God’s Word respectfully and gently, the world would become a better place to live because we could all live in love, peace, and harmony together.
The point I am making is, that yes the Bible says marriage is between a man and a woman (and so then, are all romantic relationships), but that is just one type of sin people commit. I am guilty of sinning against God every day whether in thought, speech, attitude, behavior, action, or any combo/all of the above. But I own up to my own sins to God and Jesus and I pray for forgiveness and for God to help me change the way I think, learn to control my thoughts and emotions, and become more like Jesus; I do not go around judging others like a hypocritical and judgmental person. As someone who has been unfairly judged and mistreated, I work hard at not doing that to anyone else. God loves all sinners, no matter what they have done. Nothing a person says or does can make God love them less or more. When we sin, those of us who know God and Jesus pray to God for forgiveness and repent (and pray for help repenting if it is a sin you have a problem with not doing anymore), and God who is just and fair, will forgive you and will help you. I am not trying to make anyone feel guilty, but the opposite. I am stating that everyone alive today, including me do and say things that go against God’s will and are sinful and ungodly, so to target 1 group of people for committing a sin different then your sins is wrong and ungodly. We are to love everyone, no matter who they are or what they have done. And the more love we spread to others, the greater chance we have of bringing more people into a soul-saving relationship with the Lord, which is meant to be all Christians’ responsibility (to win souls for Jesus), so that more people will be saved on the Coming Day.
The point I am making is, that yes the Bible says marriage is between a man and a woman (and so then, are all romantic relationships), but that is just one type of sin people commit. I am guilty of sinning against God every day whether in thought, speech, attitude, behavior, action, or any combo/all of the above. But I own up to my own sins to God and Jesus and I pray for forgiveness and for God to help me change the way I think, learn to control my thoughts and emotions, and become more like Jesus; I do not go around judging others like a hypocritical and judgmental person. As someone who has been unfairly judged and mistreated, I work hard at not doing that to anyone else. God loves all sinners, no matter what they have done. Nothing a person says or does can make God love them less or more. When we sin, those of us who know God and Jesus pray to God for forgiveness and repent (and pray for help repenting if it is a sin you have a problem with not doing anymore), and God who is just and fair, will forgive you and will help you.
If the Holy Spirit dwells inside of you, then you will be able to make the changes you need to make in order to stop committing the same sin(s) over and over again. It will not be an overnight thing for most people, but if you keep working with the Lord and show Him a heart willing to change for Him, then over time, you will have victory over those sins. If you do not have the Holy Spirit dwelling inside of you, then you need to hear God’s word and believe and accept it, repent of your sins, confess Jesus as your Lord and Savior, be baptized in the name of God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit (and baptism is being fully submerged under water, where one comes into contact with Jesus’ blood spiritually, and then are raised up to a new life in Christ), you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. He will guide you to the right church and help you study your Bible daily to gain spiritual wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. And then you must make the daily decision to let the Holy Spirit lead you, and to live for Jesus instead of for yourself.
Imagine how much better the whole world would be, if instead of hate, discrimination, judging and condemning, persecuting, anger (unrighteous) and lack of forgiveness there was love, kindness, compassion, respect, forgiveness, mercy, and grace for ourselves, and for one another. Jesus has called us to love our neighbor and that includes “our enemies.” (Matthew 5:44-48) If we all put this command into practice, along with the first and most important one to love the one and only Lord our God with all our heart, all our soul, all our mind, and all our strength, then there would be no more bullying, no more crime of any kind (whether theft, murder, adultery, or any other crime against another person, including insulting someone), no more homelessness, no more people (adults or kids) starving, and a ton of other issues the world faces today (like killing the environment with careless actions like littering and other forms of pollution) would go away and we would live in peace, harmony, love, joy, and hope. Unfortunately, that will never happen, and the Bible even said as much, because people are too caught up in living for themselves and worshiping money instead of living for God and worshiping Jesus, our Lord and Savior who died for all of us to save everyone from their sins. Jesus came into the world to save everyone, not just those who claim they are in a right relationship with the Lord. And if you are in a right relationship with the Lord, then love will be how you act and respond to things instead of hate. We are to hate the sin, but love the sinner, but people tend to get that all wrong and hate the person committing the sin that is different from the sins they have committed, which goes against Jesus’ teachings and the word of God. Let those of us who truly believe and follow the Lord show it by spreading love, compassion, kindness, and goodwill to others and sharing the word of God in kind and respectful ways as instructed by the Lord/in the Bible so we can band together against hate and discrimination!