My mom forwarded an essay to me and a bunch of other people today. Normally I just scan forwarded messages, but this one grabbed me. Written by retired Episcopalian bishop John Shelby Spong, this message outlines exactly why he rejects homophobia. To that I say, Amen!
“I will no longer listen to that pious sentimentality that certain Christian leaders continue to employ, which suggests some version of that strange and overtly dishonest phrase that “we love the sinner but hate the sin.” That statement is, I have concluded, nothing more than a self-serving lie designed to cover the fact that these people hate homosexual persons and fear homosexuality itself, but somehow know that hatred is incompatible with the Christ they claim to profess, so they adopt this face-saving and absolutely false statement.”
So many times in my childhood and young adulthood I heard this phrase: “love the sinner but hate the sin” and wondered what it really meant. For a long time I decided it was just b.s., but it was only today that I understand what was leaving a bad taste in my mouth: the hypocrisy.
Go and read it. It’ll be worth it.