The latest attack on Christians (from the media and Hollywood) is Jim Carrey posting an unattractive portrait of Sarah Huckabee Sanders with a tagline “This is the portrait of a so-called Christian whose only purpose in life is to lie for the wicked. Monstrous!” There have been a lot of comments on this from both sides of the aisle so I’ll add my two cents.
I know that Christians will be persecuted and mocked. No argument there. It says it in the Bible. None of us signed up to follow Jesus in order to make friends with the world. I am not offended that believers are mocked or misunderstood. But, our society has moved into this inclusive, love and accept everybody, don’t bully mentality. Everyone is going out of their way to accept everybody and there is no tolerance for exclusion…unless you’re a Christian. If you claim to follow Jesus, you still have a target on your forehead. Mike Pence – he is crazy according to The View. Sarah Huckabee is Monstrous. Christians in the media have always been portrayed as hicks, stupid, and ignorant people. What did Barack Obama say? We cling to our Bibles and guns?
Laugh all you want. Take away my business. Close down my free speech. Throw me in jail.
Just remember that you are not being inclusive when you remove a board member for their beliefs – even when you disagree. You are not accepting when you only accept your side. You are not loving everyone when you alienate one group. You are narrowing down the playing field and you are bullying. You are discriminating and it hurts.
It’s a joke you say. It’s funny. It’s comedy. Look at the rules. It’s not funny anymore. I love a good comedy but not when it’s cloaked in hatred.
“Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me.
Not all discrimination is equal. A business model can be set up to cover a great deal of it. If a person comes into a store or an office, it is often obvious if they are mistreated by observing physical and verbal reactions. It’s another thing when phone calls are not returned or online applications are rejected. A small business owner that screens all calls coming in may decide not to pursue a customer and the customer in most cases won’t know why – they can only assume.
People discriminate on many levels – not just race and the other top issues. A screener may not like how someone talks or how they present themselves. A minor listing on a resume may turn off an employer that no one else would ever think of. Levels of hatred come in many shades, styles and colors. I knew an employer who threw away any resume that listed a church affiliation or “Sunday School Teacher” because they assumed the person was a “Bible Thumper” and wouldn’t fit into the class of other current employees. Would those applicants ever be able to figure that out? I doubt it.
Some businesses are easier to discriminate in. A baker has a hard time defending why they won’t make a cake for a gay wedding. I call these “close market” cases. The business person is cornered and cannot get out of the discrimination without it being obvious. Other businesses are more open and can pick and choose who they want to service without punishment. A delivery business may fit into this by saying they won’t travel to a “certain area” because . . . well maybe it is too far or it doesn’t fit their driving schedule.
Hollywood and other entertainers are having a hay day with this level of discrimination. They are refusing to do business in states where they disapprove of certain laws. Is this their right? Maybe. But why are they permitted to refuse business out of their basis of discrimination and others aren’t. Isn’t it discrimination if an entertainer refuses to perform in an area for any reason. Could they be prosecuted if it could be proven that they refused to go there for racial reasons?
Remember; the baker, the photographer, the florist, store owner etc are backed in a corner and it’s easy to pick on them. We have a much bigger discrimination going on where the powerful can move and change their discriminations at will and get away with it because they are in open markets.
Discrimination is always here. It is always changing and morphing into a new ugly creature. Be on guard. We may not be offering “whites only” drinking fountains anymore but we are still offering “________________ only” . . . you fill in the blank. Who are you discriminating against today?
James 2:3-5 (NIV)
3 If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, “Here’s a good seat for you,” but say to the poor man, “You stand there” or “Sit on the floor by my feet,” 4 have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?
When I was a child, it was wrong for people of different races to marry. Before you think I’m ancient, I’m 53. I was born in 1960. Some people still struggle over it – ask General Mills that showed a bi-racial couple in a Cheerios commercial (www.youtube.com/watch?v=qM7Q1mNg5q0)
My parents were accepting of bi-racial marriages but they worried about the children – back then “mixed” kids were not accepted by anyone. Jump ahead 50 years and “mixed” kids are often the most attractive, popular people in the highest positions (umm look at the White House for example). Who would have ever guessed that in 1960 a “mixed” kid would be born and become president.
I would like to mix everyone up. Just think how beautiful we would be! We would all have a nice brown skin tone with interesting eyes and we might all enjoy each other more.
There wouldn’t be racial hate crimes. No black neighborhoods, white neighborhoods, segregated churches, schools, minority statistics, or affirmative action. We could all join NAACP.
Would it really help? I don’t know but I do know that we would be a beautiful mix of humanity!
He has made everything beautiful
in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.