So Dear Reader, I have my first anti-queer commenter. I've been kind of surprised by the fact that it's taken me this long to pick up such a person. I've been publishing here for a little more than a year, and well, O thought it would happen sooner. Late last July I told a good friend of mine about the blog and her first question was about how many people I had flaming me.
But this fellow, he interests me. Of course, I don't know that it is a male commenter, and it might be a little sexist of me to assume that a somewhat mean spirited web-goon would be male, but hey, dude's acting as an avatar for the patriarchy, so I don't feel too bad about it.
Anyway, this fellow goes by “In Christ.” For those of you outside of the Evangelical subsection of the world, “In Christ” is the Evangelical version of “sincerely” used to remind folks that no matter how much of an ass you've been, you were doing it for the cause of Jesus and the makes everything cool. It's a useful thing.
Here's a link to the page with IC's comments:
IC's comments are a delightful mix of queer bashing, Left Behind quality pseudo-prophetic blurbs, and explanations of how, no matter what I or Chris might have to say about it, how I am not actually a Christian.
What funny is that IC fixated not on one of my posts that was particularly unfriendly toward the idea of Christianity, but rather a post where I talk about my commitment to Christianity, about the important of queer folk understanding that they absolutely have a place within the One Holy Catholic And Apostolic Church, you know, the Universal Church. IC reached my blog by Googling the phrase, “Christians against queers.”
IC wanted to see some conflict, some fire and brimstone being tossed at disgusting aberrations like me. But Dear Reader, that's not how it works. That's not how Christ worked. He went after the weirdos, the folks you aren't supposed to love. He went after the tax collectors and the women society had decided were undesirables. Christ rocked out on avoiding the good folks and hanging out with the freaks like you and me.
There's a reason that Christ doesn't spend all the gospels laying out semi-logical, pseudo-sciency arguments for creationism or arguing that homosexuality and transsexuality are dangers to the family. Christ isn't interested in that. Instead Christ wants us to treat each other radically well. He wants us to treat each other the way we would treat ourselves at the lowest point of our ugly selfishness. Christ wants us to act right not because there's this list of random actions that we get dinged for doing, no, Christ wants us to act right because, if you'll excuse my language, we're a bunch of assholes when we don't act right.
Thing is, this whole “Queers V. Christians” thing is and always has been a fixed game. It isn't about this town being too small for the both of us. No, it always been about coming to the recognition of that fact that many Christians are queers and that many queers are Christians. There shouldn't be any tension. It's a non-issue that only exists because we poor humans get so caught up in chasing worldly power, in trying to figure out who we're better than, who we can push around, who's owes us a debt and who we need to bow down to.
Sorry folks, Christ broke all those chains on the cross. We're free men and women, free queers and straights, free trans and cis. The world doesn't want to recognize that we've been freed, wants to keep in those chains, but friends, the locks are gone and we can walk out of our cells whenever we feel like it.
So IC, if you happen to be reading this, I want you to know that we're brother and sister in Christ. As He loves me, He loves you. I certainly don't have any claim on righteousness or goodness, but please know that we can carry the love of Christ a lot farther in the world is we carry it together than if we choose to spend all our time and energy squabling like kids in th backseat of a family car on a long summer road-trip.