It’s not often I give props to religion or religious institutions, but this guy is amazing. he even says something that atheists have been saying for a long time. Give it a watch, but if you don’t have time, I’ll quote the best part below.
The whole clip is awesome but here’s the part that most struck a chord with me:
Vocal opponents of homosexuality will cite Leviticus, Smith went on to say, but the same book of the Bible also prohibits eating shellfish, wearing mixed fabrics and sharing a bed with a woman while she’s menstruating.
“Here’s my point. We pick and choose the scriptures that we want to use to beat folk up with, rather than look at our own lives.”
“Look at your neighbor and tell your neighbor, ‘I don’t condemn you. I don’t judge you. I will preach Christ to you,'” he said. “You can’t evangelize and antagonize at the same time.”
If you’re going to quote one of the books in the bible, and ignore the other bits in that same book, then you’re a hypocrite. It’s likely that you’re a bigoted hypocrite to boot.
He also goes on to say:
‘We have done what the slave master did to us,’ he said. ‘Dehumanize us, degrade us, demonize us, but then use them for our advantage.’”
Can I get an Amen?
Christianity needs more Pastors like this guy, who are willing to go out on a limb and preach love and acceptance rather than whip up hate against minorities. He’s also able to reach out to people that secularists and atheists might not be able to reach.
Good job, Dewy Smith.