Lately, there has been a video circulating on social media regarding a cop-preacher who has called for the elimination and execution of gays. This not only reminds me of the insane laws against ‘gender traitors’ from Gilead from a Handmaid’s Tale but I remember a time long ago when these was everyday. Perhaps the man and his words stand out so much now because of how far we have come to except those around us.
I pity this man because he probably had something horrible happen to him as a child or has suppressed homosexual tendencies himself. He needs to let those feelings out somewhere and this is the group that he has targeted for his frustration. I wish that it was just his frustration that was disturbing but it is not. He seems to be even paranoid that the gays are tampering with his food. Regardless of if he was paranoid before, he should be now.
He specifically targets men in his ‘sermon’. This is what leads me to think that he has something deep inside of him that he is afraid to let out or some insecurity that is leading to such hateful extremes. He talks about the man at the Clinique counter and how he has rejected God. Can a man just do his job? Many of these types of videos or even people set a fire off inside of the gay community along with their allies but they go to the same place that this man does - extreme hate.
You cannot combat this negativity in this way. You have to approach the pain of a person like you would if a child was hurt because, most likely, that pain comes from their childhood. Instead of throwing stones at this person, we should look into why he has these feelings and help this person heal. He has obviously some form of phobia stemming from a trauma that he is suffering from.
When we look at people as our brothers and sisters in the good and bad times, this type of hatred has no place. When we start treating everyone with the same respect as you would God, there would be no war. However, we, as a human race, can’t even let someone have their own idea of what gender or race God is. It is sad to see this type of public display of hate. My prayers are for this man and any closeted person in the congregation that lives in pain and lies everyday that they find peace. Erase hate out of your heart and the world becomes heart-shaped peace sign.