Well, here we go again. Apparently, the gays are responsible for Covid-19, or perhaps more importantly, widespread acceptance of the gays did it.
Let me explain.
In a rather long and sometimes self-contradictory blog post, the Reverend Ralph Drollinger–a man described as the current president’s bible study leader and who has said that he does believe that there should be a separation between church and state, but that the church should still influence the state–implies that God has forsaken the world due to its acceptance of the LGBTQ community.
Now, to be fair, we’re not the only ones who have caused God to forsake us. Quoting Romans Chapter 1, Drollinger says it is the also the atheists, environmentalists, those with “depraved minds,” and most telling, those who know better but still allow or sanction such behaviors, are also on the list.
For most of us in the LGBTQ community, this kind of thing is old hat to the point of being a joke. Every time there’s a major earthquake, a hurricane, or any other natural disaster folks like Drollinger, Pat Robertson, and their ilk are quick to point to our community saying, “Look God doesn’t like these people and he’s punishing us because we’ve given them rights.”
It’s the classic division of “us” and “them” that is frequently found in insular groups, but it takes on an insidious tone when used in this way.
You see, what he’s really saying is that none of these groups are directly at fault except those who are Christian and still accept their LGBTQ children, neighbors, family, etc. and love them without judgement and without acknowledgement of what the Bible says.
Growing up in an Evangelical church in Texas, I can’t tell you how many times I heard, “Love the sinner; hate the sin.” This qualifying statement serves as an out for those who are believers in that they can still treat you nicely to your face while silently judging who you are and what you do.
It denies the sciences that tell us there are biological differences in the brain and genetic make-ups of LGBTQ individuals and cis-het humans by calling our identities, our orientations, and our gender expressions a sin that can be overlooked because “God says I should love you anyway.”
Around the globe, despite the fact that we are in the midst of a global pandemic, there are people of every race, religion, and age coming to terms with these identities and hoping against hope that they will find deep and lasting acceptance from their families.
Unfortunately for them, there are men and women like Drollinger telling those loved ones that by doing so God will forsake them, their country, and the world, allowing pandemics and other natural disasters to occur rather than showing mercy.
Drollinger goes on in his blog to liken what we are seeing to what he calls “consequential wrath” relating it to a “reaping what you sow” if/then logic.
Here’s where we get into the more insidious portion of his writings.
After spending a great deal of time talking about “forsaking wrath” Drollinger switches to “consequential wrath.” He does so to underline the fact that in Romans, Paul was talking to the Church and Believers and does not mention nations.
Further, he says, that the passages he covers in his blog speak to the fact that these all point toward the sanctification and purification of the Church. He is very clear that he does not believe that in the current age God engages in consequential wrath upon nations because they are not wholly accepting of the Gospel.
BUT he does believe, again, that the actions of the Church influence the State, and toward the end of his blog he writes:
“Those individuals who are rebuked by God’s forsaking wrath are largely responsible for God’s consequential wrath on our nation.”
So, you see the LGBTQ community brought about this pandemic because we dare live our lives in the open.
The Atheists brought about this pandemic because they do not believe in God.
The Environmentalists brought about this pandemic because they dared love the Creation more than the Creator.
Those who knowingly commit sins brought about this pandemic because they are not repentant.
And those who are believers have brought about this pandemic because they accepted all of these other people with open arms and love the way that Christ commanded in the Gospels.
“”This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you.” John 15:12
Christ didn’t love Mary Magdalene despite the fact that she was a prostitute. Christ didn’t love Zacchaeus despite the fact that he was a tax collector, and not to be too controversial here, but Christ didn’t love Judas despite the fact that he knew he would be betrayed by him.
Churches are breaking apart over this very issue right now. Among others, The United Methodist Church is facing a complete division over the debate for LGBTQ rights and equality which will almost assuredly lead to two new churches and has already led many to step away from the church all together.
We do not need Drollinger’s rhetoric fanning the flames of intolerance in the name of righteousness. Not now. Not ever.
Pointing toward a marginalized group and calling us the problem leads to violence. If you don’t believe me, go back and read up on the Holocaust and while you’re at it, read some of the actual accounts of the lynchings of members of the black community in our own country.
People are scared, and rightfully so, of the fallout of this pandemic. Giving it a face, giving it a name, giving people a target will get people killed.
I will leave you with one final quote from Drollinger’s blog, however:
“When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, But when a wicked man rules, people groan.” Proverbs 29:2
I know how he interpreted that verse. How will you?