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The fundamentalist community has been dealt a number of blows in the last month by the further strengthening of civil rights for homosexual Americans. This has occurred from the state level all the way to the Supreme Court. Facebook has been aflame with posts talking about the judgement from God that is to come, due to local and federal ‘permissiveness’.

It is not my desire to ridicule someone else’s beliefs. It is not my intention to argue whether homosexuality is a sin or not. I do wonder if the angry responses of the fundamentalist community directed at the gay community and those who support their cause, are reacting more out of fear than love. Many of the attacks and name calling don’t feel very loving.  Is it because they care about the gay community that they threaten such judgement? Or is it fear that motivates their meanness? What could they be afraid of?

I have personally witnessed fundamentalist church leaders talk about how God has blessed them by giving them nice things, and populating their sanctuaries. According to their belief systems, I have personally heard these leaders talk about being blessed when something good happens to them, or they get something. God has blessed me with… (insert latest good thing here.)

According to these same fundamentalist leaders, when God judges our society for our toleration of homosexuality, it is not going to be a slap on the wrist. It will be cataclysmic! Sodom and Gomorrah cataclysmic! Judgement from God (in their perspective) means that those who live in this country could literally lose everything. All the blessings they claim God has provided, gone. And in their minds this is due to no fault of their own. They believe they have been living morally upright lives, intolerant of the gay lifestyle. It’s homosexuals and those who tolerate homosexuality who are screwing up a good thing! If this was my belief system, I think I would be pretty angry  as well.

Numerous times Israel fell into sin, walking away from God. As a result, God’s judgement was invoked. Israel was stripped of all they owned, as well as taken captive and removed to a foreign land. How horrid it would be if God saw fit to do that to America. If God is intolerant of homosexuality and those who condone it, then judgement must be waiting around the corner to destroy our country. From this perspective, it would be in these fundamentalist leaderships’ best interest and conversely in the nation’s best interest to fight this ‘evil’ by whatever means possible. Prevailing would mean that a nation could be spared and their own possessions and influence preserved.

From my perspective this focus on proclaiming God’s judgement against a group of people looks a lot like fear. Fear of losing all God’s ‘blessings’. Fear of the future existence of our country. Fear of having to accept something they might consider detestable. “There is no room in love for fear. Well-formed love banishes fear. Since fear is crippling, a fearful life—fear of death, fear of judgment—is one not yet fully formed in love.” 1 John 4:18 (MSG)

I wonder how Jesus would respond to a group of gays hanging around having dinner? If he acted consistent with the rest of his ministry, he would have headed through the door to form relationships with each one of them.

There is love and there is fear. Both can’t exist in the same space. “Let me give you a new command: Love one another. In the same way I loved you, you love one another.” John 13:34 (MSG)