Monday, April 10, 2006

Protest in Detroit

you might suspect that i’m referring to protests regarding immigration laws, but i’m not…

this past weekend i went to an event called Battlecry… it’s a rally that’s attended by tens of thousands of Christian youth from all over the region… it started on friday night and ended saturday night… i only attended the saturday night event, but when i went i was informed about some protesters outside the event… now, i wasn’t there, so this is all hearsay, but i trust the source… i was informed that it was a lighter version of what had happened in San Francisco 2 weeks prior…

my friend informed me that the protesters were saying that while they believe in freedom of religion, they want a democracy, not a theocracy… my interpretation: we’re okay with you professing your faith, but not okay with you practicing your faith…

the protesters are either uninformed or hypocritical…

if one studies the Christian faith, they will find that it tells the believer to follow Christ in every aspect of life; to apply your faith to your entire life… this means that how you vote and your social views ought to be effected by your faith… now, i’m not purporting that all Christians should vote for the same party/candidate, but i am purporting that Christians should allow their faith to determine how they view social issues and how they feel the government is run (whoever that ends up being, whatever political view that ends up as is between that Christian and God)… it follows then, that if a Christian allows their faith to effect their vote and social view, they are simply practicing their faith… as a result, if you believe in the freedom of practicing religion, then it would not make sense for you to ask me not to allow my faith to effect how i vote… if i let my faith effect my vote, then i am merely practicing my religion… if the protesters do not understand this tenet of the Christian faith, then i attribute their statements to simply being uninformed…

however, if the protesters are asking Christians to merely say they are Christians, but not apply their Christianity to how they vote, then i must conclude that they are being hypocritical… i do not ask the Muslim to not let their faith effect their vote… i EXPECT the Muslim to do so… i do not ask the homosexual not to let their beliefs about their sexuality effect their vote… i EXPECT them to do so… furthermore, i do not expect someone who believes that homosexuality is okay to merely say they are homosexual and not act out their homosexuality… it only make sense for them to do so, because it is what they believe… why then, are these protesters asking Christians not to practice their faith??? it is hypocritical… it makes even less sense because so often, people like to call Christians hypocrites, yet some of these same people are telling us not to follow our faith, which is in essence encouraging us to be hypocrites, the very thing they hate about us?!?

while these protesters say that they want a democracy, i don’t really believe that they do… democracy means people vote how they want to vote and then the majority wins… you don’t want me telling you how to vote, but now you’re telling me how to vote!?!?!

2 Comments:

Blogger Ben said...

But when a majority that is trying to oppress a minority wins... that doesn't make the oppression right. And I think that's what the protest is about.

The forces behind Battlecry do not see the rights of the homosexual person as worth acknowledging. Whether you yourself recognize orientation as fact or not, a homosexual person sees their sexuality as ingrained in themselves as being black or white or asian.

To them, if you vote to limit their rights and succeed, it has the same ramifications as if a white majority voted to limit the rights of ethnic minorities.

So if you step into the protester's shoes, and see orientation as ingrained, do the protests really seem that hypocritical?

9:55 PM  
Blogger lovedetroit said...

sorry ben, but your argument doesn't jive with me...

you say that the forces behind Battlecry do not see the rights of the homosexual as worth acknowledging, but i say that most of society, and especially those who back the homosexual agenda, do not see the rights of Christians as worth acknowledging either... why is this the case??? is this not hypocrisy??? you're not being honest if you disagree...

bigotry towards Christians is a major problem today that not many are willing to acknowledge... but if you were to take slurs that have been said against Christians and replace the word "Christian" with "homosexual" you'd have hell to deal with... hypocrisy strikes once again...

i'm not saying that there aren't hypocritical Christians out there, but the protesters still seem hypocritical to me...

11:24 AM  

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