Thursday, February 17, 2005

Their own private hell

“The Son of Man will send forth His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all stumbling blocks, and those who commit lawlessness, and will throw them into the furnace of fire; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. --Matthew 13:41-42

Some people aren't waiting until Judgement Day to begin gnashing their teeth. Over at the Evangelical Outpost, non-Christian participants have come unglued. Not much in the way of calm or rational debate; a number of them have descended into blind rage, spewing slander and the worst names they can think of at the Christians there, and at none more than Joe Carter himself. If he posts something that someone disagrees with, he's dishonest. If someone doesn't agree with gay marriage, they are "bloodthirsty" and advocating "theocracy", no different than the Iranian mullahs. No agreeing to disagree; either you're with them or you're an enemy to be defeated.

Intelligent people, or so they seem (and some of them keep implying). All they are contributing is schoolyard name-calling, albeit with a mature vocabulary. Whatever happened to classic liberalism, with its belief in respecting those you disagree with? And I can't help but wonder: do these people consider themselves tolerant?

If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A slave is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they kept My word, they will keep yours also. But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know the One who sent Me. John 15:19-21