Rose Ross (roseross) wrote in christianleft,
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Good Samaritans

Gary was not religious. He worked to establish community gardens in his town, so that those who had no land could experience the reward and satisfaction of growing good things in the soil. He was one of the key founders of a public arboretum in his area. He taught classes on horticulture and ran a small, successful plant nursery. He had an energetic, irreverent approach to life and those who knew him counted him as a good friend.

One evening, two men kicked in his front door. They had shotguns. They made Gary call his father and leave a message saying he was going out of town for a few days. Then they shot Gary and Winfield, his husband. Gary is survived by a daughter who loved him dearly and his former wife, who also cared about him very much. Their funerals were a city event, with hundreds of people mourning their loss.

The two murderers claimed they were Christian. When arrested, they said they shot Gary because he was an abomination before the Lord. The Bible says so. As events unfolded, it turned out they were also responsible for a similar murder in Nevada, as well as distributing hate literature to the local Jewish community and the vandalization of several synagogues.

Their minister, who spent every Sunday explaining who God hates and why, said they had left the congregation several months ago and that he was in no way responsible for their actions. His congregation agreed, though many expressed satisfaction that two less abominations were around to offend the Lord. The FBI said they are not legally liable, though this group has long been on their watch list because it is known for advocating "warfare for Christ." And they do not mean it metaphorically.

Shocked at their abandonment by the people who had directed and encouraged them in their hate, one murderer killed himself in jail. The other is still serving his life sentences. I do not know what he thinks of God now.

Which do you think God judged as loving their brother? The two men who did not claim a religion but who did good in their community and who lived peaceful, productive lives that enriched all around them, or the two men who claimed to be Christian but who acted on violent hate for their fellow man? Do you think the preacher who taught his followers that God hates homosexuals, as well as anyone who isn't Christian, shares moral responsibility for the murders? How about the congregation who tsked at the murders but agreed the victims had it coming?

Luke 10:25-37
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