I’m watching Frontline, about a 13 year old girl in Pakistan who accuses four men of gang-raping her. The local leaders expected her family to kill her, but instead they fled their home, left everything behind, and are supporting her claim and seeking justice through the courts.
Her attorney just said that in Pakistan there is no such thing as the police collecting forensic evidence or securing a crime scene, no way to prove guilt or innocence. Because of this, the attorney says, before he agrees to represent a client he asks himself “Why would this girl lie? In a traditionalist society? She will be an outcast. She will never get married. She’s destined to be killed by someone from her own family, because she’s impure now. So why will this girl lie? She must have a very strong motive, or she must be mad.”
So NBA reporter Chris Broussard questions whether Jason Collins can be a Christian because he is gay. About this, Mr. Broussard said on Monday, “Personally, I don’t believe you can live an openly homosexual lifestyle … if you are openly living that type of lifestyle, then the bible says… that’s a sin. If you are openly living in unrepentant sin, whatever it may be, not just homosexuality, adultery, fornication, premarital sex between heterosexuals … I believe that is walking in open rebellion to God and to Jesus Christ …. I would not categorize that person as a Christian because I don’t think the bible would categorize him as a Christian.” [Credit: http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-Sports/2013/04/29/ESPN-Reporter-Questions-If-Collins-Can-Be-Gay-And-Christian.%5D
That’s really interesting to me, because I have very similar feelings about Mr. Broussard’s type of “Christian”. Personally, I don’t believe a person can live a homophobic lifestyle, open or otherwise, and be a Christian, any more than I believe that racists or misogynists or those who discriminate against people with physical and mental differences are Christians. Anyone who makes it a point to discriminate against another group of people, often even to the point of seeking to make that discrimination law – that person, in my opinion, is no Christian. Anyone who is unconcerned when told that their condemnation of a group of people has led to those people being made to live as second class citizens (or worse), or resulted in the murder of some in that group, or caused members of it to be repeatedly physically threatened or disowned by their families and society, or to lead lives of deception out of fear, or to take their own lives in despair, that unconcerned person, I believe, not only is no Christian, but is in fact doing the work of the devil, “walking in open rebellion to God and to Jesus Christ”. I would not categorize that person as a Christian; I would call that person evil.