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When Vicky Beeching came out a few weeks ago, she was and still is inundated with hate mail. Even violent hate mail. I forced myself to read a lot of the comments on her blog and her Facebook page. It’s alarming and discouraging.
The same for people who criticize Israel’s ideology and policies.
The same for people who doubt the historicity of, say, creation or the flood.
The same for people who question the church, the bible, or evangelical theology.
The same for people who are angry with popular teachers and churches.
The same for people who advocate for the LGBTQ community.
The same for people who are or support feminists.
The same for…
… the list goes on!
I know. There are people who act like jerks in other religions and among agnostics and atheists, etc. I know. But there’s something disturbingly incongruous when followers of Jesus are hateful.
Thankfully not everyone is like this. Some people really do try to not only believe in love but understand it and practice it.
One of the things I learned in my biblical studies was that, of the virtues listed in the bible, they mostly talk about how to just be a decent human being. Nothing fancy. Just a decent human being.