Yourself Against A Homophobic Attack
Since the launch of OPERATION: REBIRTH, so many people have
been writing and talking about having been put in a position
where they must argue about what the Bible has to say about
the issue of sexuality. Especially if they don't agree with
the homophobic position of those who take a literal interpretation
of the Bible text. Those who have written have discovered
that arguing about it is pointless and are frustrated. Frustrated
because they feel like a wedge has been forced between them
and their loved ones. Frustrated because they have been placed
into a space of conflict instead of peace where this issue
So here is OPERATION: REBIRTH's guide to defending oneself
against homophobic attack:
- Know what you're talking about. If you haven't
truly studied, you are just as ignorant as those who seek
to argue with you are. Read the Bible. Study the context
in which the verses were written. Study the biblical text
taking into account the author, history, social climate,
and context of the text.
- READ and THINK! Studying the Bible doesn't remove
your responsibility to be an intellectual and think logically.
Don't be afraid of seeking other sources. Reading other
books. Don't be afraid of seeking to understand another
point of view. For instance, if studying the letter Paul
wrote to the Romans, read some books about Roman history.
Find out what was going on during the time the letter was
written. This is the ONLY way to discern what the LIVING
Word (the Spiritual truth, not the literal text) is saying
to us. The letter kills, but the Spirit gives life (2 Corinthians
- Don't take anyone's word for it. Understand that
you must know God for YOURSELF. And if you have a personal
relationship with God, NOBODY has the right to run your
relationship…and I mean NOBODY. Speak to God for yourself
(that's what prayer is). Hear from God for yourself (also
prayer). Learn what you need to learn from God Himself.
Don't let anyone tell you what God's plan for you is….seek
God for YOURSELF!
- Don't argue. Arguing is divisive and brings about
no good. People who want to argue aren't interested in coming
to an understanding of the truth, or a better understanding
of God. They are trying to prove themselves to be right
and prove you wrong.
- Never lose sight of your purpose. Your purpose
is to have an intimate love relationship with God. And a
positive, healthy relationship with yourself, others, and
the environment should be the evidence of that. Anything
that is not enhancing your relationship with God, yourself,
with others, or the environment is not of God, and does
not fit in to your purpose.
- Don't let anyone put you in a position of inferiority.
If someone begins to raise their voice, starts talking over
you, calls you names, insults you, or otherwise disrespects
you….SHUT THEM DOWN! Let them know that if they cannot respect
you as their equal, the conversation is OVER. You don't
have to settle for disrespect. You don't have to justify
your humanity to ANYONE. Nor do you have to be subject to
abuse. You don't let your boss call you out of your name
or disrespect you, do you? Then why should you allow your
pastor or other "Christians" to do so?
- Don't let anyone tell you who you are. Seek God
for the definition of your humanity. You have a relationship
with God right? Who better knows you than God? You are who
GOD says you are, and He is the only one with the right
to tell you who that is!
- Don't be afraid. The only way people can control
you or have power over you is by making or keeping you fearful.
If you are afraid of someone, they can control what you
think. If they control what you think, they can control
your actions, your money, and any other aspect of your lives.