Everyone has played the delightfully amusing game of peek-a-boo with a small child.
With their eyes are covered, it does not matter if the child’s heads, shoulders, knees and toes are showing; they are no longer visible to you and you are not visible to them. This is how young children, about two years old, understand visibility.
“Seeing” means “mutually engaged” to a child. However, adults know, or should know, that covering their eyes does not mean the other person does not exist.
But Linda Harvey — who is not two-years-old — is covering her eyes, and in her world, gay people have gone away.
Harvey, founder of the Columbus, Ohio-based Mission America, is a Christian talk show host and author of a weekly newsletter tracking cultural issues with a particularly keen focus on the LGBT community. She has said some really awkward things recently:
“They (the gays) all hate Jesus Christ and his followers”
I thought I would offer to be an on air guest on her daily talk show. It seemed reasonable — two Christian women with gentle, moderate tones talking about a cultural issue. But, Linda really has covered her eyes. She does not see gay people; they do not exist.
She responded to my offer over a series of exchanges:
I do appreciate your writing me. After reading your blog, I have to tell you, we are not going to agree, mainly because your writings reveal you have adopted essentially the world’s view on this and not what is expressed in Scripture as God’s.
There are not “gay” people; there are people involved in homosexuality, but they are not a biologically different human type than Joe hetero on the street. So please stop using that inaccurate term, one that also belies your lack of faith in what God has told us.
Interesting… “there are not gay people, only heterosexual people involved in homosexuality.”
And as a heterosexual person that loves and advocates equality for gay people, my lack of faith in God is questionable too.
At a later point in the letter, Linda points out that since celibacy is a choice, then being, or acting homosexual is also a choice. Linda says:
“There are some ex-homosexuals who have this (being celibate and no longer homosexual) testimony.”
So, there are ex-homosexuals, but not homosexuals? It is a logic nightmare.
Ignoring an entire class of people does not mean that they do not exist; that is childish thinking.
The Bible says, “When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.” I Cor. 13:11
Linda, the game of peek-a-boo is over. You are a grown Christian woman now. Not only is yours the attitude of a two-year old, it is wholly non-Christian to ignore and discount others. What Jesus would do if He encountered His gay neighbor? Would He cover His eyes or stick His fingers in His ears like a child practicing avoidance?
I do think Linda Harvey is in a minority group of Christians, but she is one of the ones making the noise and the news. She informs the uninformed and they join her in a game of peek-a-boo.
Uncover your eyes, do you see your gay neighbor? Do your Jesus-eyes see the injustices they suffer? Then speak up.
Linda Harvey does not speak for me and I will bet she does not speak for you.
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