Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Jesus Loves You But I Don't

Sean Harris, pastor of the Berean Baptist Church in Fayetteville, North Carolina, is a man of God. What he is not is a follower of Jesus. Last Sunday Pastor Harris gave a sermon in which he splashed his corrosive hatred of homosexuals onto innocent child children by telling his flock to punch (hit with a closed fist) their four-year-old sons if they are "acting a little girlish" .

He also had some advice for handling daughters who are "too butch."

"So your little son starts to act a little girlish when he is four years old and instead of squashing that like a cockroach and saying, 'Man up, son, get that dress off you and get outside and dig a ditch, because that is what boys do,' you get out the camera and you start taking pictures of Johnny acting like a female and then you upload it to YouTube and everybody laughs about it and the next thing you know, this dude, this kid is acting out childhood fantasies that should have been squashed.

Can I make it any clearer?

Dads, the second you see your son dropping the limp wrist, you walk over there and crack that wrist. Man up. Give him a good punch. OK? You are not going to act like that. You were made by God to be a male and you are going to be a male. And when your daughter starts acting too butch, you rein her in. And you say, 'Oh, no, sweetheart. You can play sports. Play them to the glory of God. But sometimes you are going to act like a girl and walk like a girl and talk like a girl and smell like a girl and that means you are going to be beautiful. You are going to be attractive. You are going to dress yourself up.
You say, 'Can I take charge like that as a parent?'
Yeah, you can. You are authorized. I just gave you a special dispensation this morning to do that.

As you can imagine Pastor Harris' remarks went viral and he is now saying his words were taken out of context. In a letter posted on his blog Pastor Harris wrote the following:

For the record, I want to ensure everyone that I do NOT believe physical force is capable of fixing effeminate behavior or homosexual behavior. Parents should not punch babies or children. (Ultimately only the gospel of Jesus Christ has the power to deliver one from sexual immorality and behavior including effeminacy; )

I would never advocate for such discipline or actions on behalf of a father or mother. I misspoke. Hopefully, you understood that I was speaking in a forceful manner to emphasize the degree to which gender distinctions matter to God; and therefore, must matter to each of us and especially parents.

He then turns his "I don't believe parents should punch their children" statement into a "I do believe parents should punch their children" statement by quoting passages from the bible that he believes support a parent's right to hit their children for acting gay.

He then ends his letter with these words:

The opposition is revealing their complete lack of toleration toward those do not approve of the LGBT lifestyle or agenda. However, we must be tolerantly intolerant. Jesus our Savior provides the perfect example of grace and truth.

Talk about a none so blind as those who will not see declaration. Pastor Harris may not know it but when he writes about a lack of tolerance he is writing about himself.

God save us from the ignorant.

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