In recent times, I’ve heard discussions for the LGBT movement where people make statements such as: “A person should not be discriminated against for any reason.”
Now the statement is good enough, I supposed, but I was wondering: Is this true for the Sexual Offender or the Sexual Predator? Can we make the identical argument for ex-cons?
Do people who live in gated communities really love people of color who live outside gated communities?
Are folks in urban-suburban areas content to permit drug offender facilities within their communities, their neighborhoods?
Quite clearly, it seems we love everyone just as long as they don’t live near us! No, we don’t want the homeless our in the communities, and surely we don’t want them scavenging around near any businesses.
What person in their right mind would want a convicted murderer living next door to them? And since we shouldn’t discriminate, then it would be okay then if they were teachers or sport coaches for our kids?
In fact, when it comes down to it we see that those folks who just love everyone, really don’t love that many people at all. We see that they love people as long as those people are like them and certainly don’t live next door to them.
Highlighting this Christian hypocrisy, I read one local church’s website and it states that any Sex Offender must register with them and can only use the bathroom under direct supervision. Now how is that for full grace? Come on now, and we have the nerve to say that all sins are forgiven to them.
It seems we expect Christ to forgive all sins, but not Christians.
It appears that some people are simply better than other people: this is indicated by the way people are treated. Simply look at the opposition one finds when a community discovers that a half-way house is going to be located in their neighborhood. Of course, we need them, the community states, but they need them elsewhere: not where they live.
Any American with a casual knowledge of real estate knows that deed restrictions are one method of keeping undesirables out. Another way of restricting usage is by zoning through square footage that will determine the cost of the home. All of these are at least cleaver mechanism to keep rift raft out and only desirables in.
All of this brings us back to the original statement about people who just love everybody. Not only is the statement a hideous joke, it is a statement that would provoke vomiting to any serious minded Christian. In the meantime, we should concentrate on loving each other one by one and let everyone else fall in place once we have mastered the smaller task of ones.