I get a number of comments accusing this site of what the following reader claims to exist. Although they are reviewed on a per case basis, often these comments aren’t posted because they are typically hypocritical, judgmental and close-minded.
One of the major contentions by gay christians and their supporters is that Christians who believe homosexuality to be a sin refuse to “dialogue” and have an open mind. What exactly, I ask, should I be open-minded about? And how is “open-minded” defined?
Representative of most of those comments —with a variation— is the following from “Kamron”. I am posting it with slight editing to keep things “to the point.”
“great patience and instruction…thats something many of the blogs seem to lack..including mine. If people feel like they’re going to be persecuted they won’t want to add, at least not in a productive way, to your discussion and it will remain a site that condemns the sinner and lays out all the seedy details without offering much hope to those who are in sin. i’m not saying to justify homosexuality or to sugarcoat the reality that it is an abomination against God. I’m saying to be wise as serpants yet gentle as doves because this kind of topic tends to get heated when discussed rationally and those of us who are looking for help and prayer and support will only be intimidated by what may be sound christian rebuke but instead comes off as hypocritical self-righteousness (which seems to be the case in many of the postings i’ve read). So all this passive-aggressive rhetoric may be satisfying momentarily..you’ve made your point and managed to use scripture in the process..but are you really winning? The type of behavior exhibited in many of the interactive posts only takes away from your cause by portraying christians as hypocritical, judgemental, and close minded. If anyone disagrees with a statement, even a wrong statement, don’t take the quick and satisfying pun or self-righteous rebuke backed with scripture. Instead really examine the statement, post your opinion offer scriptures as the truth that sets us free not the word that condemns us. people are more likely to consider what your saying, follow up with more questions, and find the help they’ve been looking for if they don’t feel as if they are being judged and loathed. Be careful with your words they are powerful weopons. The fight is not with your peers its with satan. Use your words to condemn him and the lies he’s used to fool many not our brothers and sisters in Christ who have strayed..the fight is not with us lost sheep. Its with the wolf who seeks to destroy.”
Another question arises (which Kamron is free to answer) is: did you come to this site for help or to criticize what was written? If you are/were looking for help, what other sites have you visited (in your search for help) or are you being disengenous about seeking help? Have you sought the Lord with your whole heart, before seeking online help? Since that is one of the points you made against GCM Watch, please clarify.
I disagree with Kamron and anyone else who asserts that GCM Watch “condemns the sinner”. This is not a site about sinners, but a site about those who claim relationship with Christ, but refuse to acknowledge biblical restictions on sexual conduct, namely homosexuality. Further, there is no condemnation (a finality of judgment with no hope of redemption) but rather conviction (highlighting error so that the individual will repent and live). According to scripture, there is a vast difference in the two and our response to them. As such, 1 Cor 5: 9-13 needs to be stated again:
I have written you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people— not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world. But now I am writing you that you must not associate with anyone who calls himself a brother but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or a slanderer, a drunkard or a swindler. With such a man do not even eat.
What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? God will judge those outside. “Expel the wicked man from among you.” (markup ours)
In addition, the point about snarkiness, unjustified pun and sarcasm paired with scripture is not lost. We do need to clean up the presentation of our language in response to those who oppose our message and by extension the message of Christ. I pledge to do better and will also ask regular posters not to readily engage in such online behavior.