Take Your Guilt Bell…
…and shove it up your ass.
The Salvation Army bell ringers are out in full force as of Friday. I hate them, not in a personal way. I understand that people don’t have a lot of choices job-wise right now. I do not begrudge anyone their pay check. Make your paper, people.
But the Salvation Army itself. Yeah, them I hate. I feel comfortable in this hatred because they hated me first and they hate me more. They couch it in friendly language but they aren’t fooling anyone.
The Salvation Army holds a positive view of human sexuality. Where a man and a woman love each other, sexual intimacy is understood as a gift of God to be enjoyed within the context of heterosexual marriage. However, in the Christian view, sexual intimacy is not essential to a healthy, full, and rich life. Apart from marriage, the scriptural standard is celibacy.
Sexual attraction to the same sex is a matter of profound complexity. Whatever the causes may be, attempts to deny its reality or to marginalize those of a same-sex orientation have not been helpful. The Salvation Army does not consider same-sex orientation blameworthy in itself. Homosexual conduct, like heterosexual conduct, requires individual responsibility and must be guided by the light of scriptural teaching.Scripture forbids sexual intimacy between members of the same sex. The Salvation Army believes, therefore, that Christians whose sexual orientation is primarily or exclusively same-sex are called upon to embrace celibacy as a way of life. There is no scriptural support for same-sex unions as equal to, or as an alternative to, heterosexual marriage.
Likewise, there is no scriptural support for demeaning or mistreating anyone for reason of his or her sexual orientation. The Salvation Army opposes any such abuse.
In keeping with these convictions, the services of The Salvation Army are available to all who qualify, without regard to sexual orientation. The fellowship of Salvation Army worship is open to all sincere seekers of faith in Christ, and membership in The Salvation Army church body is open to all who confess Christ as Savior and who accept and abide by The Salvation Army’s doctrine and discipline.
Scriptures: Genesis 2:23-24; Leviticus 18:22; Mark 2:16-17; Romans 1:26-27; Romans 5:8; I Corinthians 6:9-11; I Corinthians 13; Galatians 6:1-2; I Thessalonians 4:1-8; I Thessalonians 5:14-15; I Timothy 1:15-16; Jude 7
The above statement used to be on their website. Their policies haven’t changed at all but that statement was taken down in advance of the Christmas season. Apparently no one at the SA knows how the internet works. A few key words in any search engine will find numerous other copies of the same document.
Who among my readers is a far of The West Wing?
In other words, it is all too easy to cherry pick a 2000 year old book to support whatever position you want. Turn in your membership card to the Ignorant Tightass Club, shut up and leave people alone.
Hating on other people is not the way to be a Christian. (Before you howl, I am not a Christian. I can hate on anyone I want.)
This is the way to be a Christian.
Not just the cop but the store manager; neither of them thought for a moment about helping. They just did the right thing and had no idea that anyone would ever know about it.